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 Béla 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!