www.bluegrass.com June 7, 2007

"I look at Telluride as sort of a four-day, communally-delivered State of Acoustic Music address that reminds me why (and for whom) I do what I do." - Chris Thile

Chris Thile at Telluride BluegrassImagine. It is the Summer Solstice. The drone of bagpipes have settled into the crevices of the San Juan Mountains; the adrenaline from the opening morning's tarp rush has worn-off. Welcome to the 34th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Your Festivarian family is all here. As are Sam and Bela, Alison and Emmylou, Jerry and Edgar, Counting Crows and Guster. They've been waiting all year-long. Just like you.

And at 11:15am Chris Thile takes the stage to set the tone for four-days of musical magic - the virtuosic blending of musical genres from music's past and future that is uniquely Telluride; the inspired culmination of a year of dreaming. And imagining.

Elks Park workshopsWith exactly two weeks until Festivaaaal, the wait is almost over. Tickets are still available for Bluegrass in Telluride (June 21-24) - single-day and four-day festival passes, even some NightGrass shows. Order online at shop.bluegrass.com or call 800-624-2422. We never charge any service fees, ever.

Bluegrass is all over Telluride during the Festival. Houston Jones, featuring founding members of the Waybacks, will be performing free shows from 11-2pm in Mountain Village on Thursday and Friday mornings. Saturday morning, Mountain Village hosts the Bluegrass Brunch featuring music from the Billy Pilgrims, delicious food, even festival hat-making. All festival-long the Elks Park stage in Telluride hosts contests and free workshops, including a songwriting summit hosted by Emmylou Harris, the bass moves of Victor Wooten, and a performance with John Cowan and the Infamous Stringdusters.

Telluride BluegrassLodging in and around Telluride is getting tight, but there is still time. For all your lodging needs, talk with the Telluride Reservations Center – Telluride.com or 888-353-5473. Or check out one of these other last-minute opportunities:

  • Wildwood Canyon Inn has a 3-bedroom condo and a 5-bedroom house available. Call 877-332-1275.
  • Planet Bluegrass has several condos and hotel rooms available. Call 800-624-2422 x107.
  • Telluride Adaptive Sports has a luxury 3-bedroom unit available in Mountain Village. Call 970-728-5010.

Face-painted FestivarianA few spaces are still available in the Planet Bluegrass campgrounds, and there are still other options in the Telluride area. But don't wait much longer to gather your Festivarian friends and make your plans for Telluride '07 - the days are getting longer and the tickets are getting scarcer.

As we begin the summer in true Festivarian style, so we will wind it down in August with our final festival set of 2007: Chris Isaak closing the 17th Annual Folks Festival, August 19 in Lyons. We all know Chris's inimitably cool blend of 50s rockabilly and Roy Orbison-inspired romance. But wait until he takes the Planet Bluegrass stage, dressed in his sequined suit, set to serenade the festival season into its late-summer sunset. Chris Isaak plays the Folks FestYou won't want to be anywhere else. Trust us.

Single-day lineups for the Folks Festival (Aug. 17-19) are now official, including the hilariously endearing Cheryl Wheeler and the striking voice of Serena Ryder who join the already-announced Ray LaMontagne, Judy Collins, Gillian Welch, and many others. Single-day tickets, festival passes, and camping are all on sale now - shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.

It's not to early to start thinking about an August weekend soaking in the St. Vrain River under the red cliffs of the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons - whether all week-long at the Song School (Aug 12-16) or for the 3-day summit of the song, the Folks Festival.

The Folks on Planet Bluegrass

Sustainable Festivation Tip #3 - Traveling and Packing

Getting to Telluride

Warner Field camping at Telluride BluegrassIf you're driving to Telluride, there's no need to ride alone. If you've got an extra seat in your car, check out the Hitching a Ride board on the Festivarian Forum at www.festivarian.com and find some new traveling buddies. There are folks on there right now looking to share a ride from all over Colorado and even from the Midwest and California. Split the cost both on yourselves and on our air and roads.

Given the choice, choose the more fuel efficient vehicle. And once you're in Telluride, plan to park your car and get around by bike or on foot. No one wants to be in a car when you'd rather be staring up at the mountains surrounding you.

We're purchasing 4,111,699 KWh of Renewable Energy Credits to offset everyone's travel emissions to Telluride - making Telluride Bluegrass a 100% carbon-neutral event. But that doesn't mean you can't chip in by making some new friends as you make your way to the Festival.

Pack Sustainably

For years, we've been working hard to limit the amount of waste produced inside the Festival. Town Park campsiteThe rest is up to you.

As you begin packing for the trek to Telluride, think about what you're bringing with you, and what little you'll be leaving behind in Telluride after the Festival has ended. Your guitar is reusable. Your tent is reusable. Why not the rest of your gear?

Reuse that tarp from last year and plan to reuse it again next year. As you gather your necessities, prefer larger containers, prefer recyclable/compostable containers. Plan to bring along a stack of reusable vintage beer cups, a couple sturdy reusable water bottles, and your own durable camp silverware. If there is room to get these items with you to Telluride, then there's room to get these items back home from Telluride. It's the sustainable festivarian way.

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