www.bluegrass.com Jan 11, 2007

Greetings Festivarians,

Elk in the Planet Bluegrass campgroundFor the first time in years, the snow just keeps falling and falling on Colorado's Front Range. Where we're used to seeing a colorful scene of festivarian tents and high energy jams on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, we're now seeing untracked snow and elk.

Sure, the elk are probably retreating to Lyons to escape the many feet of snow in the Colorado high country. But we like to think they just heard that the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience has been added to the RockyGrass lineup and they wanted to be first in line. Can you blame them?

Telluride Bluegrass festivariansThey're certainly not alone. Tickets for both Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass continue to sell at a record pace. We sold-out of holiday-priced 3-day passes for RockyGrass a couple days ago - a full two weeks earlier than last year. Don't worry we still have lots of RockyGrass tickets and camping passes, but they'll certainly be sold-out earlier than ever.

But you haven't missed out completely: there's still time to save $30 on holiday-priced 4-day passes for Telluride Bluegrass, June 21-24 in Telluride, Colorado. We'll be selling these discounted tickets until January 31. Unless we run out of our allottment earlier. Which could happen. Call your friends, make your camping/lodging plans now, and save $30 each. Festivarian Jean Jacket and HatThat's a couple packs of guitar strings, or a couple CDs from several of this year's headliners: Alison Krauss & Union Station, Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck and Chick Corea, and many many others to be announced in the coming months.

Tickets and camping are available online from our newly-redesigned Festivarian Mercantile. In addition to a slick new look and a friendlier shopping experience, the new store features reviews, wish lists, and some new Festivarian merchandise such as this women's butterfly-mandolin jean jacket. Of course, we're also always happy to talk to you about tickets, camping, or merchandise - 800-624-2422 or 303-823-0848.

The lineup for the 35th Annual RockyGrass, July 27-29 in Lyons, CO, continues to develop. The Dawg himself brings his David Grisman Bluegrass Experience to Lyons, joining a bill that already includes mandolin masters Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Ronnie McCoury, and... Andy Leftwich. Who will be performing alongside Dobro and bass greats Rob Ickes and Dave Pomeroy as Three Ring Circle. David Grisman and Del McCoury International bluegrass sensations The Greencards return to the RockyGrass stage after an inspired set at last year's Telluride Bluegrass; while one of our favorite young bluegrass bands, Cadillac Sky, makes their Planet Bluegrass debut this July. We've still got a couple more spots to fill, but in the meantime check out bios and photos of this year's confirmed artists.

We're hard at work confirming artists for our other festivals in Lyons, CO: the Folks Festival (August 17-19) and Festival of the Mabon (September 22). We're hoping to have some major lineup announcements in the coming month.

Festivarians at Telluride BluegrassFinally, thanks to everyone who has already contributed $5 toward our historic commitment to making the 2007 Telluride Bluegrass Festival a 100% carbon neutral festival. For the past four years, Planet Bluegrass has been a leader in reducing the environmental footprint of our festivals through reuse, recycling, composting, and the offset of carbon emissions created by our electricity, diesel, and gas consumption. Last year, we purchased Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset the emissions produced by artists’ travel - a major source of carbon emissions.

This year we will take the final major step - purchasing RECs to offset the source of 95% of the total carbon emissions created by the festival: festivarian travel to/from Telluride. Over the coming months we will continue to educate the festivarian community about our efforts. In the meantime, you can help us by telling others and electing to cover your own portion of the cost - a mere $5. Together we are setting a new standard for Festival production.

The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

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