2019 NightGrass Shows

Infamous Stringdusters in the Palm Theatre at the 2018 NightGrass (photo NoCoast)
NightGrass at the Palm Theatre
(photo NoCoast)

All 2019 NightGrass tickets sold-out via this year's online lottery.

The sun may set and the temperature may drop, but the music doesn't stop in Telluride... NightGrass is the late-night magic of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

These intimate indoor shows are held nightly at the historic Sheridan Opera House and Fly Me to the Moon Saloon (both located just a few blocks from the Town Park festival grounds) as well as the Palm Theatre (an easy walk or free shuttle ride to the west end of Colorado Avenue). Special shows are also held at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village (a free gondola ride from Telluride).

2019 NightGrass Schedule

  Sheridan
Opera House
Palm Theatre Fly Me to the Moon Telluride Conference
Center
Wednesday
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Leftover Salmon
Thursday Sierra Hull & Molly Tuttle Lake Street Dive Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley Band
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Friday Yonder Mountain String Band Railroad Earth Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
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Saturday Steep Canyon Rangers Greensky Bluegrass Jon Stickley Trio
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Sunday Punch Brothers
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Wednesday, June 19
Leftover Salmon
Celebrate Bluegrass Eve with...
  • 9pm show / 8pm doors (All Ages)
  • Telluride Conference Center, 580 Mountain Village Blvd, Mountain Village
  • Tickets: $35
To celebrate the 30th year (!) of one of Telluride Bluegrass's definitive bands -- a group that was literally born in our own Telluride Town Park Campground. On this Wednesday evening Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass throwdown, the triumphant cheers of "Festivaaaaal!" carry the weight of 30 years: 30 years of Drew and Vince and Mayor McCheese; 30 years carrying the spirit and glory of Telluride Bluegrass around the world; 30 years of some of our favorite jams and Telluride memories. The 46th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival begins tonight with euphoria at the top of the gondola, we hope you're able to squeeze in the door. Top
Thursday, June 20
Sierra Hull & Molly Tuttle
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak Street, Telluride
  • Tickets: $40
The two youngest members of the First Ladies of Bluegrass, these two forward-thinking IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year winners bring their own remarkable bands to open the NightGrass at the Sheridan with 2 magical sets. Looking for the next superstars in roots music...your search begins/ends at 11pm at the Sheridan. Top
Lake Street Dive
  • 11pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Michael D. Palm Theatre, 721 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride
  • Tickets: $35
With their singular mix of soul and R&B and wholehearted rock & roll, Lake Street Dive make music that's timeless yet immediate, exuberant yet reflective. In the 15 years since their formation, the band's infectious vitality has only magnified in appeal and musical power. With some of the Festival's heaviest grooves and most stunning voices, this Thursday at the Palm promises to be a quintessential NightGrass party. Top
Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
  • 11pm show (Ages 21+)
  • Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, 136 E Colorado Ave, Telluride
  • Tickets: $25
Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player Rob Ickes (the 15-time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year who also plays superlative lap steel guitar) and acoustic/electric guitarist Trey Hensley continues to astound us. Whether they're appearing as a duo (as they'll do on the main stage), or the NightGrass-certified extra-energized configuration including bass and drums (!), they never fail to kick up some musical dust.  The excitement at their gigs is palpable, it is contagious, and it is constant. Top
Friday, June 21
Yonder Mountain String Band
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak Street, Telluride
  • Tickets: $40
This whole NightGrass "lottery" really started with Yonder's massive Friday late-nights at the Sheridan. This was the show for Festivarians -- the hot ticket. That was 10 years ago, and the energy surrounding this late-night Kinfolk throwdown at the Sheridan has only grown. One of the biggest names in progressive acoustic music plays their most intimate show of the year on a crazed Friday night in Telluride. So um, yeah, start filling out that lottery form right now. Top
Railroad Earth
  • 11pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Michael D. Palm Theatre, 721 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride
  • Tickets: $35
Talk about anticipation... It's been 8 long years since Todd Sheaffer and his Railroad Earth bandmates have taken a Telluride Bluegrass stage on one of their unique musical journeys. The band played one of their first big gigs at the 2001 Telluride Bluegrass, so this long-awaited return promises to feel like a spirited, emotional homecoming. Top
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
  • 11pm show (Ages 21+)
  • Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, 136 E Colorado Ave, Telluride
  • Tickets: $25
After seven years, three albums, innumerable sold-out shows, and countless beers, bluegrass mavericks Horseshoes & Hand Grenades appropriately consider themselves a "family" on a wild, wonderful, and often whacky roller coaster.  That's been the case since these five musicians first met in Stevens Point, WI at college, joined forces, and hit the road in 2013 -- where they competed in the Telluride Band Contest. Tonight they ignite the Moon with stomping singalongs and energized spirit of musical community. Top
Saturday, June 22
Steep Canyon Rangers
  • 11pm show / 10:30pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak Street, Telluride
  • Tickets: $40
Over the course of 10 albums, including 2018's Out in the Open, the Grammy-winning North Carolina sextet have been bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, and folk-rock to create something all their own. Whether winning the 2001 RockyGrass band contest, touring the world with Steve Martin (2009-present), or performing on the Tonight Show the Rangers bring their own unique inspiring energy to every performance. As the Saturday night Telluride Bluegrass revelry reaches a frenzy the Rangers are the perfect band to lead us deep into the night.  Top
Greensky Bluegrass
  • 11pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+)
  • Michael D. Palm Theatre, 721 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride
  • Tickets: $35
Since winning the TBF band contest in 2006, the Kalamazoo quintet have become one of the most hotly-requested staples of the box canyon. Greensky NightGrass sets continue to dominate chapters of the NightGrass scrapbook: closing their '12 Sheridan show with encores in the park outside the venue; an artfully choreographed Broke Mountain reunion in '13; 5 years of scorching multi-set affairs at the Palm.  What story will you be telling the future grandkids about GSBG's 2019 Palm...? Top
Jon Stickley Trio
  • 11pm show (Ages 21+)
  • Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, 136 E Colorado Ave, Telluride
  • Tickets: $25
Led by founding member of storied Durango bluegrass band Broke Mountain (reuniting for the first time on this year's TBF main stage!), Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, whose deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener's head, heart, and feet. Says Guitar Player Magazine, "It's not your father's acoustic-guitar music. Instead, Stickley's Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style." Lookout, Moon dwellers, creative inspiration runs wild and deep on this Saturday night. Top
Sunday, June 23
Punch Brothers
  • 10:30pm show / 10pm doors (Ages 21+ unless accompanied by a parent)
  • Sheridan Opera House, 110 North Oak Street, Telluride
  • Tickets: $40
After the last note has been played on the main stage, musicians make their way to the Sheridan for the festival's final epic jams, wringing every last drop of music out of the artists who have defined our 4 days of acoustic adventure. Many emotional notes will be played and sung deep, deep into this night as we bid farewell to another TBF. Much like Yonder's Friday night Sheridan blow-out, this show has become an essential part of the Telluride Bluegrass experience. The Punch Brothers are the soundtrack to our journey home; they are the musical guide to set us on our way toward the 47th Telluride Bluegrass and the next Summer Solstice. Top

 


Special thanks to our NightGrass partner...
Avery Brewing