This past week I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
And it was AWESOME!!
Admittedly, doing so required abandoning the girls on my folks for 6 days. And they just barely survived.
(The girls seem to have handled it quite well, though.)
But it was such an unbelievable experience!
The venue is just gorgeous and unsurpassed, with both our campground and the concert stage nestled in these beautiful valleys up just under 9,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies.
It could have been located a little closer to ME in those Colorado Rockies, but a road trip really helped round out the camping/jamming/concert viewing experience. And by round out, I mean 'make sure the trip is as complex and crazy as possible.'
The views were just spectacular all around, from the quaint and ridiculously overpriced resort town of Telluride itself to the gondola ride up the side of the mountain (to the even more ridiculously overpriced ski resort of Mountain Village) to the views from the passingly pungent porta-potty row.
And the music!! So many incredible artists and bands.... I don't even know where to start!
The Decemberists, Yonder Mountain String Band, Emmylou Harris, The Head and The Heart, Mumford and Sons, Cornmeal, The Infamous String Dusters, Sarah McLachlan, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Jerry Douglas, Old Crow Medicine Show, Punch Brothers, Edgar Meyer, Trampled by Turtles.
They were all just incredible to see on stage.
We got a delightful dose of Colorado weather for the trip as well, with everything from scorching sun to snow over the course of the weekend.
But the experience of seeing the bands totally made up for the sunburns and rain.
(And it almost even made up for the snow.)
Mumford and Sons, The Cave.
In the rain at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 19th 2011.