Monday, December 04, 2006

Telluride Bluegrass and Rockygrass Festivals

The initial line-ups for the 34th installment of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the 35th Rockygrass Festival have been announced - here's the official announcement....

Planet Bluegrass proudly announces the preliminary lineups for two of the longest-running and most respected music festivals in America. The 34th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 21-24, 2007, will feature Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, and Chick Corea. Then July 27-29, the 35th Annual RockyGrass Festival, welcomes Nickel Creek, Marty Stuart, and Del McCoury Band to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO. Tickets for both festivals go on sale at 8am MST, Wednesday, December 6 at / 800-624-2422.

For the 34th straight year, the greatest musicians in acoustic music, along with 10,000 of their most devoted fans, converge on the tiny mountain town of Telluride, Colorado to spend the summer solstice together. This year’s lineup brings together superstars Krauss and Harris; popular newgrass bands Yonder Mountain String Band and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones; and numerous unique combinations of artists: the genre-crossing of jazz pianist Chick Corea and banjo great Bela Fleck; the inter-generational duets of MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. Festival royalty Sam Bush, John Cowan, Peter Rowan, and Jerry Douglas all return in 2007, counting over 100 Telluride appearances between them.

All twelve-hundred passes for the popular Telluride Town Park Campground sold-out prior to any lineup announcements. “Festivarians” from 49 different US states and two foreign countries applied for these tickets using a random online lottery system.

Telluride’s slightly older and more traditional bluegrass-focused cousin, RockyGrass, welcomes some of the most lauded bands in bluegrass to Lyons, Colorado. Individually, the RockyGrass lineup boasts numerous Grammy winners and thirteen International Bluegrass Music Association instrument/vocalists of the year. The 2006 RockyGrass festival sold-out two months in advance.

June 21-24, 2007 - Telluride, CO
* Alison Krauss & Union Station * Sam Bush Band * Chick Corea & Bela Fleck * Emmylou Harris * Telluride House Band featuring Béla, Edgar, Jerry, Sam, Bryan * Tony Rice & Alison Krauss & Union Station * Yonder Mountain String Band * Béla Fleck & the Flecktones * Chris Thile & How to Grow a Band featuring Bryan Sutton * Jerry Douglas Band * Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile * John Cowan Band * Peter Rowan & Crucial Country * Dougie MacLean Band * Jackie Green * Mike Marshall & Hamilton de Holanda * Sparrow Quartet * Crooked Still * Infamous Stringdusters * Avett Brothers * Greensky Bluegrass * many more still to be announced...

July 27-29, 2007 - Lyons, CO
* Nickel Creek * Sam Bush Bluegrass Band * Del McCoury Band * Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives * Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet * Chris Thile & the How to Grow a Band * Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver * Claire Lynch Band * Kruger Brothers * Cherryholmes * Biscuit Burners * Bearfoot Bluegrass * Red Molly * Long Road Home * many more...

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