As 4 wildfires ravage the state of Colorado, Telluride Bluegrass rolls into it’s 39th year. You can see smoke from a nearby wildfire in the photo of the mainstage at sunset.
This year’s fest looks to be a hot one with temps hovering around 80 degrees for the first couple of days and then a slight chance for thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. 80 degrees at 9000′ elevation in Colorado is actually fairly hot, but as they say, its a dry hot. Add gusty winds up to 30 mph, and dusty conditions to the heat, it can surely make for an exhausting 4 days of music.
But from what I can tell so far nobody’s complaining, the music has been amazing, and the one and only Telluride Bluegrass Festival is under way once again. Opening day highlights for me were Greensky Bluegrass, a super talented quintet from Kalamazoo MI , John Prine, and the day’s closer, Alison Kraus and Union Station.
Day 2 brought Del McCoury and John Fogerty rockin’ his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival tunes (with Randy Kohrs on slide).