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  • Béla Fleck’s Colorado tour brings sonic diversity

    Béla Fleck’s Colorado tour brings sonic diversity

    By John Lehndorff For Second Story Garage Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck might as well declare the state of Colorado his summer musical home. Since he first visited the state as a member of the seminal rock-tinged bluegrass quartet New Grass Revival, Fleck has returned for annually for multiple visits. But unlike many musicians who love the state, the New York-raised, current Nashville, Tennessee, resident has always chosen new configurations as a performer. He has played solo, as the leader of […]

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  • Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform June 19 at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. (Photo by Hans Lehndorff)

    Top 10 musical moments from Telluride Bluegrass 2013

      4 p.m. Boulder CO – Looking back at four days and more than 40 hours of music I experienced last weekend at the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, I still get a pleasant chill up the spine thinking about some of the stellar moments. Since I’ve been writing about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival since 1980 these moments not only compete with each other but also with great sets at past events. In general, the 2013 event ranks up there among […]

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  • The Snow Lion of the Drepung Monks greeted the crowd June 23 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. (Photo by Hans Lehndorff)

    Communing with Earl, Doc, Bill, Fred and the spirits of Telluride

    1:23 p.m. June 23, Telluride Town Park under happily overcast skies – Sunday at the 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival has served up a feast for the eyes and ears. Town Park elevated approximately one foot off the ground as the Drepung Monks sang, chanted and danced. It got grounded as miracle worker Bela Fleck talked of his newborn son, Juno Fleck, and played a virtuoso rendition of the entire second side of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” on solo banjo. The […]

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    At Telluride Bluegrass: Pickin’, grinnin’ and Intense Encounters of the Third Degree

    10:49 a.m. June 24, Telluride Town Park under meditative partly cloudy skies – Resonant guttural baritone chants are echoing through the box canyon around Telluride Town Park as the fourth and final day of the 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival begins. This is the fourth time I’ve seen the Drepung monks from Tibet present their ceremonies. They just performed Intense Encounters of the Third Degree and a dance featuring two monks in skeleton costumes. A snow lion came to say “hi” to me. […]

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  • A Feisty night at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

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  • Marshmallow war errupts on Yonder Mountain in Telluride

    Marshmallow war errupts on Yonder Mountain in Telluride

    6 p.m. June 22, 2013, Press Tent, Telluride Town Park –  The dust has finally settled after a driving, dancing set by Yonder Mountain String Band. As has become traditional, a fusillade of large marshmallows were launched toward the stage at some predetermined moment. In a first for your loyal bluegrass reporter, I was hit twice in the head and enjoyed it. I also enjoyed Yonder’s 14th consecutive set at Telluride much more than the first few years I saw them. […]

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