www.bluegrass.com May 18, 2006

Greetings Festivarians!!

2006 Telluride Bluegrass ArtworkYou're not the only ones anxiously counting down these final 4 weeks until Telluride. We got an email from Chris Funk, guitarist for The Decemberists earlier this week... "I'm a big fat bluegrass geek stuck inside a rock band, help!!! Telluride Bluegrass has an enormous reputation and historical signifiance in the festival world. We are truly honored that [Planet Bluegrass] thought of us." Be sure to catch their main stage set on Friday evening along with Jerry Douglas Band, Drive-By Truckers, and Béla Fleck & the Flecktones. And make sure to congratulate Béla when you see him - he's celebrating 25 consecutive years playing Telluride Bluegrass!

There's a whole lot of music at Telluride Bluegrass besides the main stage in Town Park. Last Friday we announced the finalists in the Telluride Troubadour contest. They'll be competing at Elks Park on Thursday and Friday, along with a variety of performances and workshops all weekend long.

Bonnie Raitt performs at Telluride Bluegrass on Thursday, June 15We still have tickets left for a number of the Telluride NightGrass concerts, including John Prine, Nickel Creek's Chris Thile, Tim O'Brien Band, and the Yonder Mountain String Band kickoff show on Wednesday night. Check out the complete NightGrass schedule at bluegrass.com.

For the fourth year in a row, Telluride Bluegrass Festival will be completely wind-powered. Learn what you can do to help lighten the footprint of your festival experience below...

A very limited number of the highly coveted Town Park and Warner Field camping passes for Telluride Bluegrass will be sold by phone-only - 800-624-2422 | 303-823-0848 - at 8am MDT, Monday, May 22. If you miss out on those, don't worry. We still have camping available at Telecam and Mary E. Ilium, and Telluride.com can help you out with some lodging options in Mountain Village.

You might want to be sitting down for this announcement... One of America's most iconic songwriters and performers Kris Kristofferson will be headlining the Folks Festival in Lyons on Saturday, August 19. And Friday night we welcome one of the most vital voices in Kris Kristoffersonrock, Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy, for a rare solo acoustic performance. They join Ani DiFranco, The Waifs, Amos Lee, and many others for a weekend of songwriting treasures at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO. Tickets and camping are on sale now - 800-624-2422 or www.bluegrass.com.

We hinted this was going to happen, and sure enough... Three-day festival passes and Saturday single-day tickets for RockyGrass are now sold-out, and single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday are not far behind. Don't wait much longer to get your tickets for Yonder Mountain String Band, Earl Scruggs, Tim O'Brien, and many others. Call 800-624-2422 or order online at www.bluegrass.com.

The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

June 15-18
Town Park, Telluride, Colorado

It’s so ridiculous to just be in that valley; to look at those mountains.  It’s inspiring and humbling to everyone.” - Mike Marshall

For 33 summers, music lovers from around the world have been making their loyal Nickel Creek performing a 'tweenerpilgrimage to Telluride, for four magical days of music in the majestic San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado. 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 on the planet.

Thursday, June 15
Bonnie Raitt | Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton | Neko Case | Tim & Mollie O'Brien| Drew Emmit Band | Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband | Wayword Sons

Stilt walker at Telluride BluegrassFriday, June 16
Béla Fleck & the Flecktones | The Decemberists | Drive-By Truckers | Jerry Douglas Band | The Greencards | David Grier & Mike Compton | Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers | The Badly Bent

Saturday, June 17
Sam Bush Band | Yonder Mountain String Band | Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings | Tony Rice & Bryan Sutton | Shawn Camp | John Cowan Band | Missy Higgins

Sunday, June 18
Barenaked Ladies | John Prine | Nickel Creek | Tim O'Brien Band | Del McCoury Band | Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall | Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet | Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir

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

A Greener Bluegrass Festival

Wind Powered Bluegrass

In 1999, festival sponsor New Belgium Brewery pioneered using wind as a revolutionary way to power their brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Following their vision, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival has again chosen to use wind power to offset the impact of our electric, diesel and gas used to power the stages and lights in Telluride for the fourth year in a row! In addition, for the third straight year, Planet Bluegrass is using wind power for our offices in Lyons, CO and for every concert event we do.

Walking toward the festival in TellurideThis year we are taking the initiative to offset all the carbon dioxide emissions created by our artists’ travel to and from the festival by purchasing wind power credits. We’re pleased to join festival performers like Bonnie Raitt and Barenaked Ladies who have already been offsetting their tour emissions as well.

Do you know where the lion's share of pollution gets created at this event? From festivarians traveling to and from Telluride. We’ve estimated that most of our audience who drive or fly could offset their travel emissions by purchasing between $5 to $10 worth of wind energy.

This year, festival sponsors Clif Bar and Renewable Choice Energy are teaming up at the festival to offer “Cool Tags” – a way for every attendee to offset their own travel emissions and even their home electricity use! We’ll have representatives in Greentown during the festival to answer questions and show you how choosing wind energy instead of fossil fuels prevents thousands of tons of CO2 pollution each year. Learn more on our website:

What Can You Do?

Enjoying a Vintage Telluride Beer CupPlanet Bluegrass aspires to create a festival experience that is heavy on great music and light on the environment. We outlined some simple ways we can all continue to reduce our impact on Telluride’s fragile ecosystem. All it takes is a little pre-festival planning. Please consider committing to at least three practices outlined below.

  • REUSE. Bring reusable items such as to-go coffee cups, Nalgene water bottles and plastic glasses for beverages. At the KOTO beer booth, bring your vintage plastic beer cups and save on the cup fee.
  • REUSE. Bring your own personal eating utensils.
  • REUSE. Bring your own grocery bag when you buy groceries and festival goodies.
  • REUSE. Bring home your beer cup(s) as they will last for years. If you can’t, please dispose of them only in the specially marked containers at the KOTO beer booth and customs gate. Or share them with someone who will enjoy them.
  • CARPOOL. Not only will you reduce fossil fuel emissions, you will save money and have more fun, too! Using biodiesel when possible and high mileage hybrids help, too.
  • BICYCLE. Zero emissions, great exercise, and the perfect way to get around the town of Telluride and take jaunts into the mountains. Learn about New Belgium Brewing’s Team Wonderbike Campaign at the festival.
  • Telluride GondolaPACK IT OUT. Take your recycling home when you leave the valley so that we can reduce the number of truck trips to carry recycling to facilities in Grand Junction, 200 miles away.
  • REDUCE. If you’re staying in a hotel or condo, let them know that you don’t need to have your towels and sheets washed daily.
  • FESTIVAL WASTE STATION. Use the compost, recycling and waste bins in the festival and campgrounds. Please ask a volunteer if you’re not sure what goes where, so compost and recycling is not contaminated.
  • GREENTOWN. Visit Greentown in the back of the Festival grounds to learn more about alternatives to waste as usual and meet festival partners who are working towards the zero waste and carbon neutral ideals.
  • SHARE YOUR IDEAS. Use survey cards or the suggestions drop box in Greentown to share your ideas on sustainable living.
  • SPREAD THE WORD. Take what you’ve learned back to your communities.

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