Friday's festivities kicked off with another pituresque day in the box canyon. Sunshine and blue skies along with Chatam County Line, a traditional bluegrass band from Raleigh, North Carolina = an amazing way to start the day. It seems like the entire town has a smile on their face...including the busy baristas at The Steaming Bean facing a line out the door at 9AM.
The afternoon brought a killer set by Keller Williams and the Travelin McCourys. We had the pleasure of filming Keller Williams and a few members of the Travelin McCoury's in our FREE gondola yesterday so be on the lookout for that in the next several day. Jason Isbel rocked the canyon walls with his colorful guitar solos and soothing voice. Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott rounded out the perfect bluegrass afternoon leading into an evening jam packed with excitement.
Bela Fleck and the Colorado Symphony blew away the audience with their unique blend of classical music mixed with tones of traditional and expirmental banjo picking. We would expect nothing less from banjo legend Bela Fleck. The Colorado Symphony and Bela Fleck was a moment of pure brilliance.
Dave Rawlings Machine was a major highlight of the evening. The band consists of an entertaining powerhouse of muscisians including John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, American singer/songwriter Gillian Welch, Willie Watson from Old Crow Medicine Show, and violinist Gabe Witcher from The Punch Brothers. They closed out their set with a moving performance of Led Zeppelin's Going to California featuring John Paul Jones on mandolin.
Steve Winwood closed out the evening with a bang playing crowd favorites from both the Traffic catelog and his solo work - Empty Spaces, Low Spark, and Gimme Some Lovin'. An amazing end to another unforgettable Friday night spent in Telluride at THE Bluegrass festival.