www.bluegrass.com March 29, 2006

Greetings Festivarians!!

Picture this... the sun sets over Telluride after an inspiring day of the hottest picking on the planet. The lights come up, revealing a stage full of musicians in dapper suits, their backs to the crowd - 3 horn Sharon Jonesplayers, a couple guitar players, an impossibly funky rhythm section. In unison, they turn to face the audience, creating the thickest soul groove you've ever heard. A wave of smiles resonates across the valley as feet start to move to this inescapable energy. Then she appears - Soul Sister #1. This is Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - the latest addition to this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival lineup. We can't wait...

In Telluride camping news, we will be selling a very limited number of RV passes to the Coonskin lot. These passes will be sold by phone-only at 8am MST, Monday, April 17. These RV passes are $100 and four-day festival passes are required. Limit one RV pass per phone call. 800-624-2422 or 303-823-0848.

We've been biting our tongues for the past couple weeks as we wait for confirmation on a number of Folks Fest artists. But we simply can't wait any longer... The WaifsAustralian trio The Waifs are coming out of their dual maternity leave to play Lyons along with innovative Canadian artist Jane Siberry, fiddling indie-folker Andrew Bird, and spirited singer-songwriter Mindy Smith. That's August 18-20 at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons. Keep watching our website, we've got many more names still to add.

Finally, a little festivarian love: Our friends over at the Boulder Theater are offering 2 free tickets to the Steep Canyon Rangers show, on Thursday, March 30 to all festivarians. Just present this printed email at the box office before the show. More details below.

The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 15-18, 2006

We've been trying to get to Telluride for three years now, and we're glad we could finally make it work. And, yes, I am a John Prine fan - in fact, I believe my first date with my wife was at a John Prine concert.” Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies.

Elk Park stage, TellurideFor 33 summers, music lovers from around the world have been making their loyal pilgrimage to Telluride, Colorado, for four magical days of music in the majestic San Juan mountains. It's a weekend of morning hikes to alpine waterfalls, intimate afternoon performances in the middle of town, and evenings spent with new friends enjoying the finest musicians anywhere.

This year's lineup includes: Barenaked Ladies, Sam Bush Band, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Tim O'Brien Band, Del McCoury Band, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, Peter Rowan, Neko Case, Shawn Camp, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas Band, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Drew Emmitt Band, Missy Higgins, The Greencards, Drive-By Truckers, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, The Badly Bent, and more...

Four-day festival passes, camping, and single-day tickets are on sale now: 800-624-2422 or www.bluegrass.com. Or if camping isn't your thing, head on over to the Telluride Reservation Center to learn about lodging in Telluride and nearby Mountain Village. It's filling up fast!

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

August 18-20, 2006

Mindy SmithIn late summer, relaxing in a river chair replaces tubing as the activity of choice along the St. Vrain. In this mellower spirit, we welcome our favorite singer-songwriters for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, August 18-20, in Lyons, Colorado.

The evolving lineup already includes Ani DiFranco, Amos Lee, Kathleen Edwards, The Waifs, Jane Siberry, Martin Sexton, Mindy Smith, Andrew Bird, and Billy Jonas, with many more still to be announced. Share your own songs in campground jams or watch top young talent compete in the renowned Songwriter Showcase.

Tickets and camping for the festival are now: 800-624-2422 or www.bluegrass.com. Or for a whole week of inspiration, join us for The Song School, with instructors Vance Gilbert, Steve Seskin, Jane Siberry, Billy Jonas, and others.


July 28-30, 2006

Boy, there are a lot of folks excited for RockyGrass (July 28-30) again this year. Tickets are selling faster than ever, and vehicle and RV passes for Meadow Park are now sold-out.

Join us for 3 days of bluegrass along the St. Vrain River in Lyons, featuring headliners - Earl Scruggs, Yonder Mountain String Band, Steve Earle & the Bluegrass Dukes, Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, Douglas / Barenberg / Meyer, Tim O'Brien - contests, workshops, campground jams, and tubing down the river.

Single-day tickets, 3-day festival passes, and camping are all on sale now: 800-624-2422 or www.bluegrass.com

Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon RangersThursday, March 30, 8:00pm
Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO

With a sound firmly rooted in bluegrass tradition, the Steep Canyon Rangers draw musical inspiration from hard core honky-tonk, classic country, and blues. With a wealth of original songs to their credit, Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls their latest CD ”enormously satisfying...pushing bluegrass into the new century.”

Print this email and present it at the Boulder Theater box office for a free pair of tickets to this show. We'll see you there!

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