www.bluegrass.com Nov. 15, 2006

Greetings Festivarians,

I guess we're not the only ones starting to daydream about June 21-24 in Telluride, Colorado. We received a record number of entries for last week's Telluride Town Park lottery - with orders arriving from 46 different states, Canada, and Switzerland. In all, we received 50% more lottery entries than last year.

Elk Park Stage at Telluride BluegrassFear not, loyal festivarians. If you were not lucky enough to receive your Town Park camping and vehicle passes through the lottery, your Telluride dreams are still very much alive. All remaining Telluride Bluegrass Festival tickets, including camping at Warner Field (the closest campground to Town Park), Telecam, and Mary E. Illium will go on sale at 8am MST, December 6 - at bluegrass.com or over the phone 800-624-2422 / 303-823-0848. We will place any refunded Town Park tickets for sale on bluegrass.com as they become available.

Academy jam circleNext up in our Autumn season of festivarian lotteries is RockyGrass Academy. All spaces in this year's Academy, including the Kids Camp and guest passes, will be sold using an online lottery. If spending a week learning from Nickel Creek, Del McCoury Band, Claire Lynch Band, Kruger Brothers, Bearfoot Bluegrass, and others sounds like the perfect warm-up for RockyGrass (duh!), make sure to place your lottery entry in the next 2 weeks - all entries must be received by 11:59pm MST, November 27.

The online form is simple, secure, and quick. Just make your selections and provide us with a credit card number or check - you'll only be charged if we're able to fill your order. If you have friends without internet access, we're happy to fill out the lottery form for them over the phone - 303-823-0848 / 800-624-2422.

Outside the Wildflower TheaterWith a full moon, a toasty warm room full of festivarians, beer & wine, and an unforgettable night of music, the first show in our new Wildflower Theater was an unqualified success. The sweetly nuanced vocals of Anne & Pete Sibley christened our new space into perfect harmony. Darrell Scott's 10+ minute solo rendition of "River Take Me" and his effortless transition from guitar to piano to mandolin in his extended solo jam on "Banjo Clark" set a virtuosic standard for these intimate shows on Planet Bluegrass.

We're bringing together a number of our favorite performers for the second in the series on Saturday, November 18 - as the Wayword Sons (with special guests: members of Yonder Mountain String Band and the Infamous Stringdusters) and Wagon Train (featuring current and former members of Open Road, Hit & Run, and Uncle Earl) heat up the Wildflower this weekend. The $12 tickets include a pre-show organic cookout and a bonfire and jam along the St. Vrain River. Our specially winterized tent seats less than 250, so don't wait long to get your tickets - available only at bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422 / 303-823-0848.

Wayword Sons at Telluride in 2006We're hard at work confirming bands for all the 2007 festivals. We'll be making our first round of lineup announcements on December 1. Watch bluegrass.com for all the exciting news.

Just 3 days later, on December 4, we'll close the final ticket lottery of 2007 - on-site camping and vehicles for the 35th Annual RockyGrass, July 27-29 in Lyons. But there's no reason to wait - we're accepting orders now.

To further ease our impact on our natural environment we're instituting a couple organizational changes for this year's Lyons festivals: no RVs will be allowed in the on-site campground at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch; and the Lyons festivals will be ticketed using email/bar code tickets rather than sent in "plain white windowed envelopes." Of course, we'll also hold tickets at will-call if you'd rather not hold them in your email box all year.

OnSite camping at RockyGrassSo, next week while you're feasting and reminiscing about the Wayword Sons show at the Wildflower Theater... read the lottery rules, call up your RockyGrass crew, get your camp organized for next summer, and place your orders in the RockyGrass and Academy lotteries:

It'll only take a few minutes, so you'll still have time to catch the end of "Alice's Restaurant."

The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

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