Saturday, June 22, 2013

The 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival

I spent Thursday at the first day of the 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  More people are at the festival than ever before due to Planet Bluegrass being allowed to sell 1,000 more passes than usual.  There are well over 11,000 daily in the festival after counting ticket buyers, children, volunteers and Planet Bluegrass employees.  The weather has been warm, sunny, and a bit too windy at times, but overall a great festival.  Pictured above is the group Elephant Revival.

The Milk Carton Kids.

Greensky Bluegrass.


Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.


The reason I chose to go to the festival on Thursday was for Mumford and Sons, but due to their bass player Ted Dwayne's blood clot in his brain, they have had to cancel their summer tour, much to the sadness of Thursday night ticket holders.  We had a few days of wondering who they would get to take their place, and I have to say I was happy that Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were able to join the Steep Canyon Rangers, who were already scheduled to have a day set on Thursday.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have a new album out this year, full of good music and fun and sweet songs.  Edie makes me remember being a teen in the late 80's when she was with the New Bohemians singing What I Am.

Steve Martin played about 5 ot 6 different banjos during their 1-1/2 hour show.  He is an amazing musician, and he mixed in a lot of humor before every song.  It was great fun time!






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