The Preliminary Lineup For The 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival Is Here


On this winter solstice, Planet Bluegrass is proud to announce the preliminary lineup for the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival – held the weekend nearest the summer solstice, June 15-18, 2017. Tickets and camping are on sale now at or 800-624-2422.


Sam Bush Band
Brandi Carlile
Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys
Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Bela, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart
Yonder Mountain String Band
Greensky Bluegrass
Bela Fleck & Chris Thile
Elephant Revival
Punch Brothers
Hot Rize
Peter Rowan
Jerry Douglas Band
Tim O’Brien
Chris Thile
Sarah Jarosz
The East Pointers
Fireball Mail
Telluride Troubadour & Band Contests
many more still to be announced…

This initial 2017 lineup includes many of the brilliant artists who have defined the adventurous genre of “Telluride Bluegrass” for the past 43 years.  Among the new highlights of this 43rd Annual lineup are:

  • A special bluegrass set from multi-platinum country star Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys
  • The return of powerhouse vocalist Brandi Carlile
  • The socially conscious indie grooves of Dispatch
  • The transcendent harmony of Elephant Revival
  • A festival-opening solo set from new Prairie Home Companion host Chris Thile
  • The only appearance of the all-star Telluride House Band featuring 6 of the world’s most revered acoustic musicians Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Bryan Sutton.

This initial lineup represents about two-thirds of the festival’s main stage lineup.  Watch for major additional artist announcements in the coming months, leading up to the complete single-day lineup announcement in early March.

4-day passes and single-day tickets, as well as camping in several offsite campgrounds, are still available at or 800-624-2422.  As always, Planet Bluegrass charges no handling fees on any tickets.

Set in a historic mining town deep in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, the 10,000-person festival is held the weekend nearest the summer solstice. Four different alpine waterfalls are visible throughout the small town (population 2300, elevation 8750′).


Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!