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Second Annual FirstGrass Concert Commences the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Weekend

June 14, 2010 (Mountain Village, Colo.) – The Town of Mountain Village and Planet Bluegrass is kicking off the 37th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival with the Second Annual FirstGrass Concert Wednesday, June 16. Featuring Sarah Jarosz and 18 South, the FirstGrass Concert begins at 5 p.m. on Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village. It is free and open to the public. After the show, stick around for the 9th Annual Bluegrass Kickoff Party as Yonder Mountain String Band plays to a sold-out crowd at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m.; all ages are welcome. 

About the Artists (excerpts taken from the Planet Bluegrass Web site)

Sarah Jarosz – The 19-year-old Sarah Jarosz is the most celebrated artist of her generation. Admired by Tim O’Brien, Chris Thile and Mike Marshall, Jarosz’s fine, supple singing voice is occasionally reminiscent of such disparate artists as Natalie Maines, Patty Griffin and Rickie Lee Jones. She has a deft writing voice, unusually assured and observant in her debut, and it is more than telling that the album's two covers, the Decemberists' "Shankill Butchers" and the Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan co-written "Come On Up To The House" fit unobtrusively next to her own eleven songs. And, of course, she can play: mandolin, clawhammer banjo, guitar and piano. In the past year, Jarosz has been nominated for a Grammy, performed on national public television with Steve Martin, and appeared on numerous year-end critics’ lists. 

18 South – 18 South's music is created by a wide array of influences. The organic and earthy quality of their sound rings with overtones of blues, bluegrass, jazz and gospel that lends itself perfectly to their stripped down acoustic approach that is truly "Americana." The band members resumes read like an encyclopedia of musical history, and once you see them live you'll know why they are individually some the most well respected musicians on the scene today. Larry Atamanuik (drums) and Mike Bub (doghouse bass) hold down a deep and unmovable groove behind Jimmi Wallace's rich vocals and slamming New Orleans-style piano that in turn gives Guthrie Trapp the opportunity to freely express his fluid and versatile guitar soloing style. Along with Jon Randall's mournful high tenor vocals and solid rhythm guitar playing, the band provides a perfect venue for Jessi Alexander to nail the audience to the wall with her heart-wrenching vocals.