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    Telluride Bluegrass Festival Kicks Off with Sets from Chris Thile, Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, and More
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    The 41st Anniversary Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off in Telluride, Colorado, this morning and continues through the weekend to coincide with the summer solstice, with performances from Chris Thile, Nickel Creek, and Punch Brothers, as well as workshops from Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, and Punch Brothers' Chris Eldridge and Noam Pikelny. The festival will be streaming live from KOTO Community Radio at koto.org.

    Chris Thile, who is in for a busy few days ahead, opens the festival with the first Main Stage performance this morning at 11 AM, as he did at last year's festival. This evening, he joins his Nickel Creek band mates Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins for a ninety-minute sun-setting set on the Main Stage at 7:30 PM.

    On Friday, Punch Brothers' Chris Eldridge joins fellow guitarist Bryan Sutton for a set on the intimate stage in Elks Park as part of Telluride's long-standing Telluride tradition of more informal workshop performances.

    Siblings and Nickel Creek band mates Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins give their own workshop set in Elks Park Saturday morning at 11:45 AM, presenting a special Telluride edition of their regular Watkins Family Hour show. Saturday afternoon, Punch Brothers come together to perform on the festival's Main Stage at 2:15 PM.

    Sunday, the last day of the festival, is a music-filled one, with Elks Park sets from Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny with fiddler Stuart Duncan at 1 PM and from Sara Watkins, joining Aoife O'Donovan, Tift Merritt, Sarah Jarosz, and Nicki Bluhm for a workshop on songwriting there at 4 PM.

    Finally, as has become a Telluride tradition of its own, Punch Brothers close out the weekend's proceedings after the sun has gone down on the outdoor music-making Sunday with a final NightGrass show in Sheridan Opera House at 10:30 PM.

    The folks behind the Telluride Bluegrass Festival call it "the festival's final epic jams. Many emotional notes will be played and sung deep, deep into this night as we bid farewell to another TBF ... This show has become an essential part of the Telluride Bluegrass experience. Punch Brothers are the soundtrack to our journey home; they are the musical guide to set us on our way toward the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass next Summer Solstice."

    For more information, visit bluegrass.com.

    Punch Brothers next play the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California, for a festive July 4. Nickel Creek begins its US summer tour, featuring music from its recently released Nonesuch album, A Dotted Line, and more at Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 7. For additional details, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival Kicks Off with Sets from Chris Thile, Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, and More

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The 41st Anniversary Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off in Telluride, Colorado, this morning and continues through the weekend to coincide with the summer solstice, with performances from Chris Thile, who opens the festivities, Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, as well as workshops from Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, and Punch Brothers' Chris Eldridge and Noam Pikelny. As has become a Telluride tradition, Punch Brothers close out the weekend's proceedings with a late-night show in Sheridan Opera House Sunday night. The festival will stream live from KOTO.org.

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The 41st Anniversary Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off in Telluride, Colorado, this morning and continues through the weekend to coincide with the summer solstice, with performances from Chris Thile, Nickel Creek, and Punch Brothers, as well as workshops from Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, and Punch Brothers' Chris Eldridge and Noam Pikelny. The festival will be streaming live from KOTO Community Radio at koto.org.

Chris Thile, who is in for a busy few days ahead, opens the festival with the first Main Stage performance this morning at 11 AM, as he did at last year's festival. This evening, he joins his Nickel Creek band mates Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins for a ninety-minute sun-setting set on the Main Stage at 7:30 PM.

On Friday, Punch Brothers' Chris Eldridge joins fellow guitarist Bryan Sutton for a set on the intimate stage in Elks Park as part of Telluride's long-standing Telluride tradition of more informal workshop performances.

Siblings and Nickel Creek band mates Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins give their own workshop set in Elks Park Saturday morning at 11:45 AM, presenting a special Telluride edition of their regular Watkins Family Hour show. Saturday afternoon, Punch Brothers come together to perform on the festival's Main Stage at 2:15 PM.

Sunday, the last day of the festival, is a music-filled one, with Elks Park sets from Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny with fiddler Stuart Duncan at 1 PM and from Sara Watkins, joining Aoife O'Donovan, Tift Merritt, Sarah Jarosz, and Nicki Bluhm for a workshop on songwriting there at 4 PM.

Finally, as has become a Telluride tradition of its own, Punch Brothers close out the weekend's proceedings after the sun has gone down on the outdoor music-making Sunday with a final NightGrass show in Sheridan Opera House at 10:30 PM.

The folks behind the Telluride Bluegrass Festival call it "the festival's final epic jams. Many emotional notes will be played and sung deep, deep into this night as we bid farewell to another TBF ... This show has become an essential part of the Telluride Bluegrass experience. Punch Brothers are the soundtrack to our journey home; they are the musical guide to set us on our way toward the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass next Summer Solstice."

For more information, visit bluegrass.com.

Punch Brothers next play the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California, for a festive July 4. Nickel Creek begins its US summer tour, featuring music from its recently released Nonesuch album, A Dotted Line, and more at Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 7. For additional details, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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