A Look Back at TBF 2012

If you’re feeling nostalgic already, check out the commentary and photos of every set from this year’s festival:

THURSDAY: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/161841-telluride-bluegrass-festival/

FRIDAY: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/161842-telluride-bluegrass-festival/

SATURDAY: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/161843-telluride-bluegrass-festival/

SUNDAY: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/161844-telluride-bluegrass-festival/

Wow! Really enjoyed the articles…especially since I didn’t make it this year!
Thanks! :thumbsup

Very Nice. Thank you!

dm3 review is awful. accusing fans of being attracted to the clothes the band wears instead of the tunes? LOL.

Well, that’s not exactly what the review argues–“attraction to a fashion” refers to much more than clothes.

Already? :rolleyes That feeling started on “Blue Monday”. These were very fun to read, and I would concur on most of it. :cheers

Lets hope so. I would be offended :lol. My pile o papers are finslly clear from my desk and now I will read this with a good cup o joe(Pinon today).

So much more then a flashy outfit event :flower

i disagree very significantly with that whole write up. seems like he either doesn’t like the band or just doesn’t get it. dm3 invoked a big reaction from everyone inside and made fans of several people in my group. i don’t care what “fashion” the guy thinks everyone is attracted to, i never knew what they looked like until i went to telluride. if the “fashion” he’s talking about is the music itself, then guilty as charged.

Yeah, it was definitely one of the most talked-about sets of the weekend, and a lot of people loved it. So, you know, viva la difference!

Wow this was over discriptive and long… :lol Music is subjective and I find the whole TBF experience to be very individual and unique to each person.

Thank you for sharing :flower

I must say, Bela and Chris are becoming to abstract for me. Their music sounds segmented to me now, Lots of short breaks and the flow is not easy for me. just me perhaps :flower

I had a great time, that’s the inside skinny on the short story :lol :medal

they can definitely get way out there! did you get to rockygrass? Thile’s set with michael daves was just incredible… taking him back to the good stuff. sometimes the virtuosos, imo, can lose sight of their roots with their crazy experimentation.

I love fusion, but Fusion without infusion to me is hard to follow. Transition in Fusion for me, is key. When the B man plays with other Jazz Musicians it flows sooooo smooth but when the B man plays his solo gigs, it almost always includes this sort of Fusion without transition for me. I do indeed like and prefer his Flecktone and Bluegrass. I will also add Victor Wooten as well, I prefer his Flecktone sounds over solo. I am sorry to have missed RG. I still enjoy watching and hearing my favorite Musicians on the entire planet stretch and grow. Even if it is over my head :medal

did you get to rockygrass? Thile’s set with michael daves was just incredible… [quote author=nfire link=topic=16710.msg88127#msg88127 date=1345739954]

My favorite set of RG! And they “treated” us at Academy too - really just fabulous instrumental virtuosity, with amazing brother-style harmonies, and kinda rockabilly sensibility…but equally important, applied to some of my favorite tunes!! :clap

I agree with the reviewer in part for the opening set.

Seems to me Chris kind of took over the set. Admittedly for me, the more banjo the better.

How about next time we stick to the ‘theme’ of the FESTIVVVAAALLL!!! for the sake of the FESTIVARIANS. It’s Telluride Bluegrass, not “Hey Thiele! What can you pull out of your ___ this time and who are you taking down with you?”

Bela did seem to take charge at the end of the set and brought it back around to a traditional sound, which was expected from the get-go. Thankful that the opener ended on a good note.

Auntie Hope <— (biting lip and taking cover)

:festivarian2 :green

We love you no matter what you think Auntie. Isn’t that the true nature of a Forum :flower

MORE BANJO!!! :cheers

Seems over the last 20 years, we’ve raised the percentage of the fest that is these one-off duets of fantastic musicians. At first, they all fascinated me (anyone else see Bela in the back of the Floridora with all the Contrapunctus music spread out in front of him trying to make sense of it?). Now, more often than not I can count on the duets turning into some form of musical masturbation, where the artists are really getting off on pushing each other into weird places. For for them, interesting for the hardcore musicians among us. But for the average festivarian, it’s a good time to talk to friends, sleep in a little or start working on the daily buzz.

What was that great tweener sound I heard? It was a James Taylor song with someone else. Anyone be able to help me on that. It was really good. :medal

Exactly. Perhaps we should request that Bela & Chris be given a second shot at opening the fest, or any morning thereafter, WITH the stipulation that the music be kept in the ‘realm’ of a bluegrass/newgrass/jamgrass formation.

I’ll site the previous request example of The Punch Brothers solely doing a bluegrass set which, if I remember correctly, garnered great praise from the Festivarian masses. That was perhaps the only Punch Brothers set that I have personally enjoyed.

To Echo Huck: Anyone that would like to hear the weird can tune into any Clear Channel station, any day of the week. :thumbsup

Any thoughts? Anyone? :flower

Auntie Hope :festivarian2 :green

I agree totally!!!

I like 20 minute long songs sometimes. I like experimentation. I find the Stringdusters boring. To each his or her own.

TBF is great because there’s something for everybody. If you get rid of the three or four acts that you find tiring, due to their looser nature, there won’t be something for everybody. And really, it’s not like it’s that many artists…It’s what, at most one per day, that people who only like tightly structured music will find boring?

You don’t see me whining about Alison Krauss & Union Station, despite the fact that I find them boring. Auntie Hope doesn’t like Punch Brothers, but that’s one of the bands that has me coming back every year. I’ve seen them in three different states, none of which I actually reside in. If Telluride were just traditional bands playing tightly structured songs, I wouldn’t go out of my way to attend.