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Live music and travel are two things that are super important to me…. Thats why I’m excited to share this post about my recent experiences in beautiful Telluride, Colorado. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to see some pics.
I recently returned from the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival where I spent 6 days camping with about 10,000 other festival attendees, partying and listening to many extremely talented artists and musicians.
Some of my personal favorite performances included Yonder Mountain String Band, Dispatch, Sting Cheese, Leftover Salmon, Bela Fleck and many others.
This short video will give you an idea of the scenery and the atmosphere of the festival during the day. The band thats playing is called Elephant Revival.
Actor/comedian Steve Martin performed on Thursday night with his band the Steep Canyon Rangers. The multi-talented Steve Martin, who happens to be one of my favorite actors, told jokes in between playing his banjo. Steve mentioned on stage that the most influential banjo player in the world, Earl Scruggs recently passed away and that due to Earl’s death, he, Steve Martin was now the most influential banjo player in the world.
Here is a video I shot of Steve on stage at Telluride telling jokes and playing his banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Telluride, Colorado is a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list, no matter where you live in the world. That is if you like epic mountain views in literally every direction. And if you like bluegrass music, the annual festival is a great excuse to go…. However, being an 8 hour drive from Denver doesn’t make it the most accessible place in the world.
And, one of the most challenging things about the festival is the temperature spread…. I’m not sure exactly how hot it got during the day or how cold it became at night but it every day the temperature went from one extreme to the next. 90 degrees and sunny during the day followed by 40 degree nights – not unusual for Telluride by any means. So if your thinking about attending the festival in the future plan for both extremes!
Being an internet marketer – it seems that my life can sometimes be consumed by technology and communications. Does it sometimes feel this way for you too?
Thats why, during the 6 days I was camping in Telluride I made it a point to have my iphone either completely shut off, or in airplane mode so I can still take pictures but not receive any incoming communications or internet access. Which did make it tough to meet up with friends within the festival, but it was totally worth it to disconnect like that while I was there.
My mornings in Telluride consisted of waking up, brushing my teeth and shortly thereafter cracking a beer and heading into the festival. One of the sponsors of Telluride Bluegrass was New Belgium brewery so there was plenty of good beer inside the show and I had my whisky flask on me most of the time as it helped keep me warm when the temperature dropped at night.
Here are a few more videos from performances I shot during the festival
One of my favorite Colorado bands, Leftover Salmon, performs on Saturday night
Dispatch blew festival attendees away on Friday night
Here are some of my favorite pics I took during my time in Telluride
Thanks for checking out my post from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival…..
Maybe we’ll see you next year? : )