Telluride Bluegrass Fest | 06.17-21 | CO

Sunday :: 06.21.09

Throw Down Your Heart

Telluride Bluegrass 2009
Béla Fleck's movie Throw Down Your Heart is an amazing experiment that unites the banjo with traditional African music. I don't think anyone would have expected the fusion of these two diverse genres to result in such an amazing sound but the result was spectacular. For the moment the movie can only be seen at film festivals but it will come out on DVD this November. I would recommend it to all. The soundtrack has already been released and it is a good example of what you can expect from the film. After the film Béla came out to answer questions from the audience. The passion that he had in making the film shone on his face and for the first time ever I saw his modest composure disappear as he began to talk about the project.

Tim O'Brien Band

Back to the main stage again, just in time to see the beginning of Tim O'Brien's performance. The fans had thinned out by now as the working class crowd had to hurry home to begin another workweek. O'Brien's music has an old age sound but his lyrics talk about new age matters. With lyrics like, "The mobile phone is a threat to the human race," his songs remind you of a simpler life that few of us know about except through music. When he covered Bob Dylan's "Tombstone Blues" you could almost hear that unique Dylan whine in his voice. It was a good show to end the day with before the Telluride House Band took to the stage later.

The Telluride House Band

Telluride House Band :: Telluride Bluegrass 2009
The longest day of the year ended as six music gods took to the stage. The House Band is made up of Sam Bush on mandolin, Béla Fleck on banjo, Jerry Douglas on dobro, the infamous Edgar Meyer on standup bass, guitarist Bryan Sutton from the Tim O'Brien Band and Luke Bella on the fiddle. The collaboration between these musicians is something that only Telluride can produce and you could feel the spirit in the air during the entire show. It seemed like the musicians were even more excited to be playing together than the crowd was to be seeing them. It was a surprise to see Edgar Meyer on stage considering he was the only one in the band who didn't play at the festival earlier in the weekend. The family feel of the festival became even more pronounced when, in recognition of Jerry Douglas' 25th year at the festival, his whole family came out to join him when he was presented with a sheep as a gift. Being at Telluride for 25 years is a big thing for this festival and receiving a farm animal has become a Telluride tradition. The House Band was an amazing end to an amazing weekend.

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