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Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 30 Years
Telluride Bluegrass Festival 30 Years
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2005

No Description Available. Genre: Music Videos - Folk Rating: NR Release Date: 7-JUN-2005 Media Type: DVD


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Country, Pop, Other Music
Studio: Rounder / Umgd
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/07/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Bridget S. (Vassar)
Reviewed on 8/11/2010...
wow! i watched just one clip of this, and knew i had to get it. it is very enjoyable

Movie Reviews

Priceless but Flawed
R. Clark | Ridley Park, PA United States | 08/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a rare collection of once-in-a-lifetime performances, enhanced by well-edited videography and spectacular surround sound. I'm very glad I bought it.

But it should have been so much more.

I'll get my negative criticisms out of the way up front:

- Too many performances are cut off or interrupted by interviews. With all the talk about this festival being "about the music," you'd think the filmmakers would have had more respect for it.

- Too much of the interview content is self-congratulatory and some of it is too "inside." Yes, it's the Festival's 30th Anniversary and they're all very proud. We get it. But this isn't a souvenir for people who were there. It's the one chance most of us who'll never get there will have to experience the festival. Show us more. Talk about it less.

- Several of the headliners who appeared at the actual festival in 2003, such as Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, are not represented on this disc (probably for contractual reasons).

- It's too short. Less than two hours, with no extras whatsoever. Only one song from each artist's set (and no songs from some artists' sets), and one can't help but wonder about what was left out and why. (The only Flecktones song has Victor Wooten sitting out.)

Having said that, looking at this as a documentary rather than a concert video, I was thoroughly entertained and occasionally moved and astonished. So many of the legends of "newgrass" are here -- Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Mike Marshall, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, John Cowan -- playing in various combinations with their own bands, with each other, with young artists, that the lines blur from one song to the next.

It's a treat to see Meyer, Bush, and Marshall play "BT" from "Sort Trip Home;" the Alison Brown Band's spectacular "Going to Glasgow" fusion of jazz, celtic, and bluegrass presages her wonderful recent material. There's plenty of traditional bluegrass from Hot Rize and the Yonder Mountain String Band, and interesting performances from younger acts like Casey Chambers and String Chees Incident.

As a movie, the whole thing works pretty well, mixing all these performances with backstage chatter and commentary. Unfortunately, one of the benchmarks for judging concert videos is rewatchability, and the occasional interrupted/incomplete performance plus the inability to skip the between-song chatter makes the disc less rewatchable than it could have been.

The videography and editing are excellent, with the focus pretty much always correctly on whoever's soloing or singing, and without too much jumpy cutting or weird camera moves (the exception being String Cheese's song, where the editor apparently decided to get a little freaky, and just embarrasses himself).

The sound is spectacular, clean and detailed. The DTS surround mix puts you right on the stage with instruments all around you. Some people may not like this as much as I did; it does compromise the "liveness" of the sound, since the audience seems somewhat small and distant. I was thrilled by a live performance with sound this intimate.

This is great music, spectacularly performed; shot and recorded perfectly. It would be a 5-star DVD if the filmmakers had not chosen to repeatedly remove their focus from the music and spend so much of this too-short film telling us how wonderful the Festival is.

"Rounder Records has done it again on DVD ~ Telluride"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 07/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rounder Records presents on DVD - "TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: 30 YEARS", featuring the top Bluegrass artists around today...located in a box canyon, surrounded by the lush and snow-capped peaks of the San Juan Mountains - Telluride Colorado...mixing old and new material alike digging into the Americana roots with unique, tender pickin' on the instruments and lyrics that are fresh today as they were decades ago.

Appearing with all the gusto of the genre were Boomchicks, Alison Brown Quartet, Sam Bush & Friends, Kasey Chambers, Jerry Douglas Band, Bela Cleck & The Flecktones, Hackensaw Boys, EmmyLou Harris, Horse Flies, Hot Rize, Nellie Kane, Leftover Salmon, Nickel Creek, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tim O'Brien Band, String Cheese Incident, Telluride Bluegrass Jam, The Waifs, Keller Williams and Yonder Mountain String Band...wowed the crowd with heart-wrenching selections and crowd pleasers.

Several highlights are "PUSHED TOO FAR", featuring the Jerry Douglas Band always up for any of the festivals..."TWO MORE BOTTLES OF WINE", with EmmyLou Harris, Sam Bush & Friends bringing in a Delbert McClinton tune.."NINE POUND HAMMER" and "BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY" featuring Telluride Bluegrass Jam from them thar mountains with the entire cast of attendees at the festival...includes extensive interviews and behind the scenes footage...this DVD is well worth the trip to the "Pure Americana" of Bluegrass...gotta love it!

Total Time: 1-DVD ~ Rounder 3243 ~ (6/07/2005)"
Bluegrass instruments don't make it bluegrass
T. Ransom | Woodstock, GA USA | 04/21/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"There are some great acoustic music superstars on this DVD. Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Tim O'Brien are clearly at the top of their game. But, other than the one Hot Rize performance, this is not bluegrass in any traditional sense of the genre. It does present some really great extended jam band music, often with acoustic instruments commonly associated with bluegrass. A quick check of the credits at the end of the film suggests that there were, indeed, some true bluegrass artists at the concert, but they were clearly left out of the DVD lineup. If you like the Sam & Bela show, this DVD is for you. If you are looking for a bluegrass video, keep looking!"