June 19 2007, 6:25 AM
The Telluride Blue Grass Festival starts Thursday.
We are excited to welcome one of the great folk-rock-soul bands of their generation, Counting Crows, to headline the opening night, Summer Solstice. We welcome back two of our all-time favorite performers after a year away: Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss. Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas will be performing both their own set of sophisticated newgrass and a special set with guitar legend Tony Rice featuring a spectrum of material from Tony's 35 year career. Los Lobos, a band that has been in existence for longer than Telluride Bluegrass, makes their debut at the Festival on Friday night. The festival stage will host many unique Telluride collaborations including: Bela Fleck & jazz legend Chick Corea; Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer; the Brazilian/American fusion of mandolinists Mike Marshall and Hamilton de Holanda; the unique collection of New Orleans legends in the New Orleans Social Club; and the ultimate collaboration of bluegrass greats: the Telluride House Band with BÃ©la Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, and Bryan Sutton.The full lineup is here. As luck would have it, although I'm flying to Telluride for my day job Tuesday, I have to return to Denver to be in court on Friday. For those of you fortunate to enjoy the incredible music, ambience and the gorgeous scenery, enjoy!