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Sheridan Opera House photo Benko PhotographicsLyons, CO -- A day at Telluride Bluegrass doesn't end with the last soaring solo on the main stage. When the outdoor bluegrass music stops and the temperatures drop, picks and bows move indoors to the famed venues of Telluride and Mountain Village. Put away the tarps and poser pit: these intimate NightGrass shows thrive on the intimate communal energy of artists and festivarians just a few feet apart. Nightgrass stages become as crowded as the floor, with special guests waiting around every microphone (or even next to you in the crowd). These NightGrass shows compress late-night acoustic party energy into small spaces, primed for unforgettable memories...

Punch Brothers & Friends at the Sheridan (photo: Benko Photographics)A day at Telluride Bluegrass doesn't end with the last soaring solo on the main stage. When the outdoor music stops and the temperatures drop, picks and bows move indoors to the famed venues of Telluride and Mountain Village.

Put away the tarps and poser pit: these intimate NightGrass shows thrive on the intimate communal energy of artists and festivarians just a few feet apart. Nightgrass stages become as crowded as the floor, with special guests waiting around every microphone (or even next to you in the crowd). These NightGrass shows compress late-night acoustic party energy into small spaces, primed for unforgettable memories...

Yonder Mountain String Band's kickoff party at the Telluride Conference Center (photo: Benko Photographics)The 2012 NightGrass series begins on Wednesday with a ride up the gondola for Yonder Mountain String Band's 11th Annual Bluegrass Kickoff Party. Thereafter each festival late-night we invite main stage performers, new collaborations, and outside artists into 3 Telluride venues – the historic Sheridan Opera House, underground at the legendary Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, and the modern acoustics of the Palm Theatre on the west edge of town.

Wednesday, June 20
11th Annual Kick-Off Party with Yonder Mountain String Band

Thursday, June 21
Elephant Revival @ Sheridan
Dan Mangan & Della Mae @ Fly Me to the Moon
Laura Marling w/ Joy Kills Sorrow @ Palm

Friday, June 22
Yonder Mountain String Band @ Sheridan
Head for the Hills @ Fly Me to the Moon
Peter Rowan & the Travelin' McCourys w/ Seryn @ Palm

Saturday, June 23
Greensky Bluegrass @ Sheridan
The Devil Makes Three @ Fly Me to the Moon
Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman & Friends @ Palm

Sunday, June 24
Punch Brothers @ Sheridan

These intimate indoor shows are held nightly at the historic Sheridan Opera House and Fly Me to the Moon Saloon (both located on Colorado Avenue in Telluride, just a few blocks from the festival grounds) as well as the Palm Theater (on the west end of town, an easy walk down Colorado Avenue or serviced by free festival shuttles). Special shows are also held at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village (a free gondola ride from Telluride).

Tickets for the 2 most intimate venues (Sheridan Opera House & Fly Me to the Moon Saloon) will be sold via an online lottery open Tuesday, April 10 thru Wednesday, April 11.

All other NightGrass tickets will go on sale at 9am MDT on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 online-only at shop.bluegrass.com. All NightGrass tickets are non-refundable. Tickets to NightGrass shows are completely separate from festival tickets.

Elephant Revival's Colorado trance-folk makes its much anticipated Telluride Bluegrass debut. Epic jam at the Sheridan Opera House (photo: Benko Photographics)The "Shaman of Telluride" Peter Rowan joins bluegrass all-stars the Travelin' McCourys. Dan Mangan shows why he earned 2 Juno Awards last weekend. Punky foot-stompin' trio The Devil Makes Three create dancin' yellin' mayhem. From jamgrass to singer-songwriters, legends to fresh sounds, these late night sets span the breadth of Telluride Bluegrass.

Once again this year we'll be using an online lottery to sell tickets for the two most intimate venues – Sheridan and Fly Me to the Moon. The lottery for these 7 shows will be open for 48 hours: Tuesday, April 10 thru Wednesday, April 11.

All other NightGrass tickets go onsale the following Tuesday, April 17, online-only at shop.bluegrass.com. As a reminder: NightGrass tickets are completely separate from festival passes; and NightGrass tickets are non-refundable.

If your Telluride late-nights include singing a few tunes of your own, we'd love to hear you. Less than a week remains to submit up to 2 original songs for the Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest. Entries are due Friday, April 13.

If you purchased festival tickets but haven't decided on your camping/lodging, we highly recommend you finalize those plans right away. Camping passes remain for just 2 campgrounds – Lawson Hill and Mary E / Ilium. Or confirm your cozy indoor lodging with one of our festival partners in Telluride or Mountain Village. Friends @ Palm

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