Telluride is Festival Town, USA

photo by David McClisterThe Greencards may have two Australian band members, but their sound is pure Americana, which makes them the perfect performers at the Telluride Americana Music Festival July 21 - 23. The Greencards will play at the Sheridan Opera House on Friday, July 22.


Focus on the Greencards

The festival may be called the Americana Music Festival, but there will be an international element to the music this year, thanks to Australians Kym Warner and Carol Young.

Warner and Young make up half of the Greencards, a foursome of talented musicians who borrow a bit of bluegrass, newgrass and folk music to create a unique sound that doesn’t quite fit into one genre.

“There are people playing all kinds of music all over the world,” said Warner. Bluegrass music was difficult to find in Australia when he was growing up, he said.

“It was in my house,” Warner said. “My dad played it with a friend, so it was second nature to me. You’ve got to be born into it.”

The Greencards will be playing at the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival in June and the band will be at the Telluride Americana Music Festival in July.

The band also has a new CD coming out on June, “The Brick Album.” Although the official release date isn’t until June 21, band members hope to have copies available for sale at the Palisade Festival June 10–12.

The band will spend a significant part of this year on the road, promoting the new CD at various concerts, events and festivals across the country.

“We love playing different festivals and different styles of music,” Warner said. “Seeing mutual musical friends is part of the fun of festivals.”

There will be plenty of music in Telluride this summer, starting with the Bluegrass Festival in June and the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival in September.

In between, the Telluride Americana Music Weekend in July, and the Telluride Jazz Weekend and Telluride Chamber Music Festival in August.

The popular Telluride Bluegrass Festival, which annually brings in some of the biggest bluegrass music groups, has already sold out.

The Americana Music Weekend, July 21-23, features some of the best in Americana songwriters. Featured musicians are Radney Foster, Bruce & Charlie Robison, The Greencards, The Trishas, Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt and Ashleigh Flynn. Performances will be at the Telluride Opera House and three-day passes are already sold out. Single-night tickets became available June 1 at

The Telluride Jazz Weekend will be at Town Park Aug. 5-7 and at various clubs and theaters in town. Featured artists include Tower Of Power, Allen Toussaint, Rita Coolidge, Taylor Hicks, The Clayton Brothers, March Fourth Marching Band and the Zydekats.

It’s still possible to get weekend all-access pass at the early season discount of $165 through June 15, when prices will go up to $185 for the entire weekend. Promoters expect the festival to sell out, so get your tickets early. Go to for more information.

The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival ends the warm weather season with a bang, bringing artists such as Willie Nelson, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Mavis Staples and Marcia Ball to Telluride.

In addition to great music, there will be more than 50 microbreweries offering its wares during Saturday’s grand tasting.

The festival will be held at the town park and there are still tickets available for the festival and camping, but once again, promoters expect a sellout crowd, so don’t wait until Labor Day to get tickets.

Tickets and additional information are available at


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