www.bluegrass.com Dec. 5, 2007

Greetings Festivarians,

For thirty-four years we've made the festivarian's journey into the Rocky Mountains together - from Denver and Kentucky, from Oregon and Australia. Festivarians at Telluride BluegrassFor thirty-four years, we've packed up our festivarian possessions - tents and mandolins, winter hats and summer dresses - and set our collective sights on southwestern Colorado.

And for thirty-four years the finest musicians in the world, who we've come to lovingly refer to by their first names - Sam, Béla, Jerry, Peter, Edgar, John, Tim, etc. - have come for the same reasons as us: we've come for music; we've come for inspiration; and we've come for family.

Today, we begin the historic two-hundred-day journey together toward the magical concurrence of the summer solstice, the full moon, the greatest four days of music in the world, and the festivarian family reunion. Sam Bush Band at Telluride Bluegrass (photo: Benko Photographics)Today we begin our historic thirty-fifth journey to Telluride Bluegrass - June 19-22, 2008.

Tickets and camping go on sale today at 8am MST. A limited number of four-day passes will be available for a $30 holiday discount and we'll have numerous camping options, including Warner Field (right next to Town Park and the festival grounds) and RV spaces in the Coonskin lot (available by phone only - 800-624-2422).

The beginning of the 35th Anniversary lineup is now posted at bluegrass.com, including: Ani DiFranco at Telluride Bluegrass (photo: Benko Photographics)Sam Bush Band; Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder; Ani DiFranco; Yonder Mountain String Band; Brett Dennen; John Cowan & Darrell Scott Band; and the many musicians who uniquely define the virtuosic Telluride acoustic adventure - Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, and Edgar Meyer.

We'll have lots more additions to the Telluride lineup in the coming weeks and months. Today our journey begins simply: gather your part of the festivarian family, reserve your camping or lodging, and order your holiday-priced four-day pass. As always, we'll make your journey as easy as possible - with no handling or shipping fees, free admission for kids 12 and under, and full refunds until May 9. Order online now at shop.bluegrass.com or by calling 800-624-2422.

Natalie MacMaster (photo: Benko Photographics)Then a month after our Summer Solstice together in Telluride, we'll reconvene in Lyons, CO for the 36th Annual RockyGrass Festival (July 25-27).

The just-announced preliminary RockyGrass lineup explores the roots and branches of traditional bluegrass - from Celtic (Natalie MacMaster) to newgrass (Psychograss; Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Edgar Meyer) to classic (JD Crowe & The New South, Dan Tyminski Band) to old-time fusion (Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Béla Fleck with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee) to brilliant younger bands (Infamous Stringdusters, Chatham County Line) to the only-at-RockyGrass (Sam Bush Bluegrass Band) to much much more.

Josh from The Waifs (photo: Russell Bramlett)If you weren't one of the lucky winners of the on-site camping lottery, we have plenty of camping under the sandstone cliffs of nearby Meadow Park. Holiday-priced 3-day passes and camping all go on sale today at 8am MST.

We just added John Cowan, Pete Wernick, and Shad Cobb as instructors at the RockyGrass Academy (July 20-24). We'll be selling a few spaces in the bass, dobro, and novice banjo classes at 8am today as well. Phone only. Call us at 800-624-2422.

And in August - a week before the eyes of America focus on Denver - the ears of festivarian nation focus on songs and stories at our 18th Annual Folks Festival (Aug. 15-17) - for our "summit of the song." "Believe" at Telluride BluegrassWe are thrilled to welcome back Greg Brown, The Waifs, Todd Snider, Tim O'Brien, and many others to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch along the St. Vrain River in Lyons. Holiday-priced Folks Fest 3-day passes, camping, and spots in our week-long Song School (Aug. 10-14) go on sale today at 8am MST.

Too often we'll find ourselves talking about sold-out festivals and holiday discounts. But that's not what this is about. We do this for music, for inspiration, and for family. We'll be devoting the next 200 days of our lives preparing for the greatest-ever journey to Telluride Bluegrass. And we look forward to sharing this 2008 journey with you and the ever-growing Festivarian family.

The folks at Planet Bluegrass

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