The 34th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival has come and gone leaving many memorable moments, brought new friendships, and has secured the return of the Bluegrass By Bike team to the Festival in 2008! Stunning sets from Sam Bush, Los Lobos, the Sparrow Quartet, and a reunited Leftover Salmon are just a few of the highlights. To recap the entire festival here would be lengthy and nearly impossible, but check out Planet Bluegrass's website for some of the other highlights from the weekend.
There were many other Festivarians that made there way to Telluride by bicycle. Throughout the Festival we had great opportunities to meet up, share stories, and talk about plans for next year's tour. Ty, Brett, Bryan, Holland, and others kept Telluride a little bit greener this year by ditching the cars and peddling to the Festival. Thank you all for doing your part to be carbon free for Bluegrass!
All in all, the Festival was a huge success in diverting waste via composting and recycling. We all look forward to hearing Planet Bluegrass's official numbers on how many pounds of waste were actually saved, but it was clear that compost bins were filling faster than trash receptacles. The Sustainability Village was also a highlight for Sustainable Festivation. New Belgium Brewing Co., Clif Bar, and Renewable Choice Energy were all there helping to raise awareness about environmental impact and ways of reducing your carbon footprint in your everyday life.
It has been a joy and an honor to be a part of this Festival. Planet Bluegrass, New Belgium Brewing Co, and a wealth of other sponsors are helping to raise the bar and bring these types of events into a greener state that will allow for cleaner and more sustainable festivals for years to come! Great Job everyone, and we'll have more for you from the road!