At 8750′, nestled in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival will summon the bluegrass gods for a 43rd time next summer, June 16-19, 2016.
Four-day passes sold out in a mere 30 minutes earlier this month, leaving only Thursday and Sunday tickets still available. The festival released an initial lineup late last week featuring a spectrum of superb talent spanning multiple generations from planet bluegrass.
Perhaps the biggest surprise and most welcome news from the announcement came from a band that isn’t really bluegrass. New York’s own Bela Fleck and his jazz fusion group the Flecktones will be making a return to the stage for the first time since 2012. Currently this festival appearance is the only date slated for the band, but expect that to change in the coming months. The heavy hitters don’t end there, though. Additional headliners Neil Finn, Emmylou Harris, John Prine and Sam Bush Band will also be joined by the Telluride House Band, which consists of a who’s who of bluegrass over the last four decades, with Fleck, Bush, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan.
Bluegrass and folk royalty will grace the stage with Del McCoury Band, Dave Rawlings Machine, Tim O’Brien Band, Punch Brothers (including a Chris Thile solo performance), Jerry Douglas Band and the Peter Rowan Band making appearances. The jamgrass revolution will be well represented when Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass and Infamous Stringdusters hit the stage. See the full lineup below, and stay tuned for more announcements from the festival.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Initial Lineup Announcement
Sam Bush Band, Neil Finn, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Telluride House Band, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Yonder Mountain String Band, Del McCoury Band, Dave Rawlings Machine, Tim O’Brien Band, Leftover Salmon, Punch Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Jerry Douglas Band, Peter Rowan Band, Infamous Stringdusters, Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet, Chris Thile, Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long, Sierra Hull, The Lil’ Smokies, Telluride Troubadour