Next Thursday, June 17th, 10,000 fans of American acoustic bluegrass and roots music will make the annual pilgrimage to the little mountain town of Telluride, Colorado for four days of the 37th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The festival is so unique and definitive it is simply known as “Bluegrass.“ The 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival lineup is a showcase of some of the biggest names in American traditional and roots music including superstars such as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Dave Rawlings Machine featuring Gillian Welch, Brandi Carlile, and Lyle Lovett. Staples of the festival are the Sam Bush Band, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien Band, and Peter Rowan & Crucial Country. Yonder Mountain String Band will be celebrating their 11th year, and Leftover Salmon will be celebrating their 20th year as a band. Other highlights on the lineup are sure to be the Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Hot Rize, and Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band. Music lovers are not just treated to music all day on the main stage. There are intimate workshops on the Elks Park stage in the middle of town, late-night Nightgrass shows at bunch of indoor venues in town, as well as jam sessions that last through the nights in the various campgrounds set up throughout town. Festivarians, as they are known, can also feed their hunger for mountain activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and fly-fishing. It’s not only a music festival; it’s a celebration of mountain living and sustainability. The lineup this year for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival main stage is as follows: Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:30am — Gates Open 11:30 - 12:30pm — Sarah Jarosz 1:00 - 2:15pm — Keller & the Keels 2:45 - 4:00pm — Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band 4:30 - 5:45pm — Dave Rawlings Machine 6:15 - 7:30pm — Del McCoury Band 8:00 - 10:00pm — Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas 10:30 - Midnight — Tim O'Brien Band Friday, June 18, 2010 9:00am — Gates Open 10:00 - 11:00am — Ben Sollee 11:15 - 12:30pm — 18 South 12:45 - 2:00pm — Cadillac Sky 2:30 - 3:45pm — Peter Rowan & Crucial Country with Sam Bush & Jerry Douglas 4:15 - 5:45pm — Hot Rize 6:15 - 7:30pm — Court Yard Hounds 8:00 - 9:30pm — Lyle Lovett 10:00 - 11:30pm — Leftover Salmon Saturday, June 19, 2010 9:00am — Gates Open 10:00 - 11:00am — Band Contest Finals 11:15 - 12:15pm — The Hillbenders 12:45 - 2:00pm — Jerry Douglas with Omar Hakim & Viktor Krauss 2:30 - 3:45pm — Imelda May 4:15 - 5:30pm — Yonder Mountain String Band 5:45 - 6:00pm — Telluride Troubadour 6:15 - 7:30pm — Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer 8:00 - 10:00pm — Sam Bush Band 10:30 - Midnight — Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:00am — Gates Open 11:00 - noon — The Drepung Monks 12:15 - 1:30pm — Väsen 2:00 - 3:15pm — Carolina Chocolate Drops 3:45 - 5:00pm — Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile 5:30 - 6:45pm — Brandi Carlile 7:15 - 8:30pm — Mumford & Sons 9:00 - 11:00pm — Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart
Alison Krauss & Union Station, Lyle Lovett, Dave Rawlings Machine and much more head up this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado. Here's your guide to the main stage entertainment.