The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is back for a 50th pluckin’ time

June 12, 2023
Sam Bush at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2000.Sam Bush at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2000.Photo: Courtesy of Benko Photographics
Sam Bush at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2000.

The 50th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival starts Thursday. Every June, thousands of "festivarians," as they're known, descend on the small mountain town for 4 days of music. This year's headliners include Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and performing a 49th time, mandolinist Sam Bush. Ryan Warner spoke with Bush in 2014 along with then-Colorado Music Hall of Fame director G. Brown, author of "Telluride Bluegrass Festival: The First 40 Years."