What do I know about Telluride? Nothing. What do I know about bluegrass music? Less than nothing. What better travel website to inform you of the upcoming jammy jam?
- When that mando starts tricklin in, you better wipe off your sailin shoes.
- Fiddlers and banjo pickers struggle to show off who’s the most butt-ass, bowlin-shoe, nuts.
- There’s many different kinds of music circles. There’s a real bluegrass circle and if you throw out some John Prine, they’ll run you out on a rail. But that’s not happening. There’s always a circle where folks can play a little lopey bluegrass guitar. There’s another circle where the licks come so blistering fast that one needs an extra set of mechanical fingers just to keep up halfway. This is the place where it’s a good idea to put down the Larrivee and lend a little tenor harmony.
- If you’re going to play, play in tune.
- Your only job here is to keep time.
Get ready for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in sunny Colorado, USA June 15 -18. The Nail Travels flood control team is smack dab in the middle of the South of Hell Summer Groundscore Tour 2017 so welcome back, weary traveler, to your first stop for all your summer festival, camping and music updates.
Honestly folks, what do I know about Telluride, Colorado? Not a bit. Never stepped a moccasin there but I got a gypsy hunch it’s gonna be the real deal. So what if my brand of bluegrass is slow and sloppy. No one can kick you out of your own campfire. And who is this Sam Bush character contorting his body around a mandolin like some kind of crazed snake charmer? Could this be the same Sam Bush who added a verse to “Spider John”? Things are certainly looking up.
The 44th Annual festival promises a magical four days of performances that can only be found in Telluride. Get ready for a royalty of lightning bluegrass megapickers, songwriters, and some of the brightest stars of the Americana fabric. Let’s get to some weavin.
The festival is built around the many artists that have defined the Telluride Bluegrass sound, as the weekend is sprinkled with inspired sets from Peter Rowan, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, Tim O’Brien, and of course the “King of Telluride” Sam Bush. These artists all fuse themselves together for the festival’s cornerstone set as the Telluride House Band. Not too shabby.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart | Brandi Carlile | Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys | Fruition | Tim O’Brien Band | Freddy & Francine | Chris Thile
Friday, June 16, 2017
Greensky Bluegrass | Norah Jones | Punch Brothers | Jerry Douglas Band | Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady | Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys | The Cleverlys | Jeremy Kittel Band
Single-day tickets and camping for the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass are still available at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. Make sure you’re signed up for our “Notes from the Planet”email newsletter or follow us on Facebook for all the latest Telluride Bluegrass Festival news.
For many, a central part of the Festivarian experience is camping – sharing a meal with new neighbors, returning home after an exhilarating day of music to share a few tunes at the campsite.
There are several campgrounds between zero and seven miles from the festival. Town Park and Warner Field are adjacent to the Festival grounds (you can hear the festival from your tent) and the other options are just west of town, accessible via a free shuttle bus that runs late into the night. View all the campgrounds on the Festival map.
See this link for camping rules and regulations. Once you have your camping passes, be sure to start thinking about our green campsite challenge. Or if sleeping under the stars isn’t your thing, check out the various lodging options.