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Telluride Bluegrass Festival titled by Taylor Childers and Tenius D returns to normal for 49th year

Organizers of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival were unsure whether the event would return until a few months before the event took place in 2021.

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the spring was a promising sign that music lovers would be able to gather together over the summer, but uncertainty remained. Local and state governments still required masking and social distancing, and the threat of new forms was still very real.

But by April 2021, Planet Bluegrass, the company that organizes the beloved event, felt confident enough to throw the festivities. However, the manufacturers’ efforts were not without challenges.

“It was a constantly changing game. One day we would make a plan and the next day everything would become irrelevant,” said Grace Barrett, spokeswoman for Planet Bluegrass. “When you start planning a celebration, it’s about a year. Happens already… We were confused about whether it would happen by mid-April or not, so we had about a month and a half to put everything together that you normally do. In months and months. ,

With 11,000 attendees instead of the traditional four days, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival took place over two weekends and ticket sales were half as high as usual. The “festivities” previously required tickets to be purchased in 10-person pods, with the thought being that they would only meet with their crew and socially distance themselves from others. (The fest later sold out general admission tickets when the COVID-19 restrictions changed.)

This year, however, when longtime festival-goers return for the 49th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, taking place June 16-19, it will look and feel like the event they love pre-pandemic. happened.

“It will be a four-day festival over the Solstice weekend with the same caliber that we have had since 1991. We have artist and craft vendors, food onsite, a bar, common tarp walks in the common entrance areas and all that stuff,” Barrett said. “As you remember it, it’s the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.”

Not to mention the endless supply of pickins and stompins. Headliners this year include Tyler Childers, The Punch Brothers, Tenius D, The Sam Bush Band and Greensky Bluegrass. In addition to performing on the main stage at Tellurides Town Park, several performers will play encore sets during late night shows at local venues such as the Sheridan Opera House and the Palm Theater for the Performing Arts.


The return to normal is a welcome one, especially as the festival approaches its 50th anniversary in 2023. Barrett said Planet Bluegrass hasn’t started planning special attractions to celebrate the milestone, but that another event could provide some inspiration. The Rockygrass Festival (July 29-31) in Lyons turns 50 this year and organizers are planning panels and workshops featuring longtime attendees and artists, as well as those in the merch line “for years”. Via” planning photo demonstration.

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