www.bluegrass.com March 28, 2007

Greetings Festivarians,

Winter turned into spring last week. And suddenly we just can't keep quiet about the 2007 Folks Fest (Aug 17-19) lineup anymore...

Gillian Welch at Telluride Bluegrass in 2005The sprouting of Daffodils made it too difficult to keep the wonderful secret of Ray LaMontagne playing a solo set here in Lyons this summer. The greening grass all over the Ranch made it impossible to contain our excitement that Gillian Welch & David Rawlings will once again be harmonizing beneath the redstone cliffs. The rising waters of the St. Vrain put us all in the mood to tell everyone about Brett Dennen, one of our favorite young singer-songwriters, making his Planet Bluegrass debut this August.

The preliminary lineup includes longtime festival friends, like Catie Curtis and Darrell Scott; incomparable live performers like Peter Himmelman and Vance Gilbert; vibrant young bands like the Ditty Bops and Guggenheim Grotto; and many, many more - with many more acts to be announced in the coming weeks.

Ray LaMontagne at Folks Fest 2004Share the preliminary lineup with your favorite Festivarians, then purchase your three-day passes and camping - yes, on-site camping is still available. Call us at 800-624-2422 or order online at shop.bluegrass.com. And once you've made your plans, introduce yourself in our Festivarian Forum.

Maybe this is the year that three inspirational days along the St. Vrain River isn't enough to satisfy your inner muse. The faculty at this year's Song School (August 12-16) includes Mary Gauthier, Darrell Scott, Catie Curtis, Peter Himmelman, Steve Seskin, Paul Reisler, and many others. Spend the entire week in a dynamic, supportive community of songwriters, each looking to take the next creative step - whether that involves busy touring professionals looking to creatively grow their career, or young writers aiming to hone their developing craft.

Songwriting along the St. Vrain RiverWhile folks are just beginning to think about these August events in Lyons, the clock is ticking for the loyal Festivarians of Telluride Bluegrass (June 21-24) and RockyGrass (July 27-29). We expect single-day tickets, three-day passes, and camping for RockyGrass to sell-out in the next month. And tickets for Telluride Bluegrass will be hard to find come June.

Don't wait much longer, if spending four days in Telluride with Alison Krauss, Counting Crows, Emmylou Harris, and the unique piano-banjo duets of Chick Corea & Bela Fleck is part of your summer plans. Or if you can't bare the thought of missing a summer of RockyGrass campground jams or a main stage that includes Nickel Creek, Sam Bush, David Grisman, and the legendary Jesse McReynolds. Order at shop.bluegrass.com or give us a call at 800-624-2422 - as always we charge absolutely no handling fees and tickets are fully refundable (through May 11 for Telluride Bluegrass and June 29 for RockyGrass).

Wildflower Pavilion constructionAfter years of discussions (and the demise of the original Wildflower Theater and the more recent Wildflower Tent), we finally broke ground earlier this week on the new Wildflower Pavilion on Planet Bluegrass. This beautiful wood and steel structure will host workshops during the festivals and a series of intimate concerts in Lyons during the Fall and Spring. We're planning for completion in June and a vibrant concert series starting later in the summer. We'll keep you posted as we create the next great acoustic venue on Colorado's Front Range.

For the past five years we have taken a comprehensive look at our environmental footprint here in Lyons and in Telluride. Each year we have taken significant new steps to further reduce our waste, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. This year we are taking the historic step of offsetting all Festivarian travel emissions to/from Telluride. Through open sharing of information and education, we continue to lead the way in the green festival movement. Learn more about our efforts in our new "Sustainable Festivation" pages at bluegrass.com.

Jessie FergusonFinally, our hearts weigh heavy this week with the passing of our beloved ranch dog Jessie. For more than 10 years, Festivarians and performers alike have looked forward to seeing Jessie wandering the grounds during our festivals and academies here in Lyons. Whether howling along to the harmonica or herding a dozen toddlers in line and away from the river, sweet Jessie will be dearly missed by all of us.

The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

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