www.bluegrass.com Feb. 15, 2007

Greetings Festivarians,

Something crazy happened on Saturday night of last year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival. As the sun set on a stunning Sam Bush set, Town Park was magically transformed into one massive, funky, Festivarian boogie machine.

New Orleans Social Club plays 2007 Telluride Bluegrass In that spirit, this year we celebrate the music of New Orleans - the funk, the soul, the bayou grooves, the inspired improvisation - with some of the true masters of the music. Calling themselves the New Orleans Social Club, we proudly welcome Ivan Neville, Henry Butler, Raymond Weber, and two founding members of The Meters, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr. Together, they'll stir up some low-down, dirty roots funk to keep us warm and in-motion well into the Colorado night.

Tickets and camping for the 34th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 21-24) are on sale now. Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck at Telluride BluegrassDespite what you may have heard, four-day passes are still available. But they're going fast and we'd be surprised to have many tickets left come this June. Order your tickets and camping online at shop.bluegrass.com or call us at 800-624-2422.

If sleeping under the stars in June isn't your thing, you should think about reserving a place in Telluride or Mountain Village very soon. Lodging in Telluride is now about 80% sold-out and rooms, condos, and houses in nearby Mountain Village (just a free gondola ride away) are booking quickly. Visit our Telluride lodging page for all your Telluride / Mountain Village lodging needs.

We've already told you how thrilled we are to have Emmylou Harris back in Telluride. But until now we hadn't shared that she'll be joined by her longtime friends from the Washington D.C. bluegrass scene John Starling & Carolina Star, a band that includes Rickie Simpkins and founding members of the Seldom Scene: John Starling, Tom Gray, and Mike Auldridge.

Emmylou HarrisIf you find yourself daydreaming of a Summer Solstice in Telluride or a lazy August day lying in the St. Vrain next to the festival stage in Lyons, join like-minded souls in the new Festivarian Forum at www.festivarian.com. Create a free account; upload a photo of yourself; then connect with long-lost tarpmates, share your favorite camping recipe, tip everyone off to your favorite new local band, or maybe even trade for a pair of coveted Town Park tickets. It just might be the best thing you do between now and festival season.

We are now accepting volunteer applications for both Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass. If you're willing to share lots of warm smiles and kind words with your fellow Festivarians for a few hours during the festival in exchange for a free festival pass, have a look at our volunteer info.

Laura LoveIn looking over this year's RockyGrass lineup (July 27-29), we felt like the bases were pretty well covered: from bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds, to newgrass innovators Sam Bush and David Grisman, to the distinctive voices of Del McCoury and Claire Lynch, to the progressive sounds of Nickel Creek and The Greencards. Then we got a call from Afro-Celtic bassist Laura Love whose latest CD, NeGrass, is a collection of traditional and original field hollers, Negro spirituals, and folk songs featuring Laura's distinctive voice and backed by the all-star Laura Love Bluegrass Band. We couldn't resist. Then Mark Schatz suggested a set of old-time music with clawhammer banjo, hambone, and a few of his friends. We couldn't resist. Check out the complete RockyGrass lineup and get your tickets now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.

Congratulations to this year's Planet Bluegrass performers who won Grammy awards last weekend: Bryan Sutton, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Chick Corea - winning his 14th Grammy! With those wins, the duet of Bela Fleck & Chick Corea at Telluride Bluegrass will now represent a collective 23 different Grammys. Festivarians at Telluride Bluegrass(Although, amazingly, when Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas take the stage for one of their 2 performances this year in Telluride, they'll carry the recognition of an astonishing 25 different Grammy Awards.)

Congratulations also go out to Chris Thile who was named the Folk Musician of the Year last week by the BBC in London. Chris will be playing the opening set of this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival, among his numerous Planet Bluegrass appearances this summer.

Looking forward to August, three-day passes and on-site camping for the Folks Festival, August 17-19, will continue to be sold at the discounted holiday price through the end of February. We likely won't have an official Folks lineup announcement before then, but tickets are fully refundable until July 20 without any hassle.

Finally, for all you lucky Colorado Festivarians, join us Sunday, March 11 as we welcome the King of Telluride, Sam Bush, to the Fox Theatre in Boulder as part of their 15th Anniversary Celebration. We'll be at the Theater all night, giving away a few Planet Bluegrass CDs and celebrating mid-winter with the only musician to play 32 straight Telluride Bluegrass Festivals - with a 33rd on the way this June. See you there!

The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

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