Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The String Cheese Incident, Nickel Creek, & More Top Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s 50th Annual Lineup

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Thursday, March 2, 2023

Every June—for the past five decades—music fans known as Festivarians have made their annual pilgrimage to the box canyon town of Telluride, Colorado, for the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape and the skillfully played music from a multitude of genres, this legendary gathering has long been a bucket list destination for musicians and music fans alike. Produced by Planet Bluegrass, this year’s Telluride Bluegrass is set to be one for the record books, and it should be—seeing that 2023 is the 50th annual edition!

For their 50th, Telluride Bluegrass is happy to announce a laundry list of festival-veteran performers and only-at-Telluride collaborations fit for such a celebration. The full lineup announcement includes genre-crossing legends Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, long-time friends of the festival, The String Cheese Incident, another matchup of Emmylou Harris featuring Watchhouse, the grand return of now-supergroup Nickel Creek, the ever-venerable Sam Bush, and the original Béla Fleck & The Flecktones lineup—the last two, Bush and Fleck, have stepped foot on the Telluride Bluegrass main stage many times as part of a little band called New Grass Revival. A complete list of Telluride Bluegrass performers can be found below and at

“Fifty years is an incredible accomplishment in the music industry; one you don't see often. We are thrilled to have made it to this milestone,” says Grace Barrett, Director of Communication and Partnerships for Planet Bluegrass. “There is such plentiful history in Telluride, from the rich age of mining to the plethora of exceptional musicians that have serenaded the valley floor over the years, and we couldn't have made it here without the devotion of each and every one of our Festivarians. Here's to the next 50!”

Fans lucky enough to have obtained tickets can still purchase camping passes or enter a song in the Troubadour Contest by following this link. For those still trying to obtain tickets, Planet Bluegrass will be putting all refunded tickets back on sale in the coming weeks. You can find all information about the refunded ticket re- sale and other ticketing policies here.

Today’s full Telluride Bluegrass lineup announcement includes:

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

The String Cheese Incident

Sam Bush Band

Béla Fleck and The Flecktones

Emmylou Harris with Watchhouse

Gregory Alan Isakov

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Punch Brothers

Del McCoury Band

Greensky Bluegrass

The Infamous Stringdusters

Leftover Salmon

Nickel Creek

Yonder Mountain String Band

Telluride House Band

Sarah Jarosz

Tim O’Brien Band

The Peter Rowan Band

The Earls of Leicester

Chris Thile

Sierra Ferrell

Charles Wesley Godwin

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

Bella White

Yasmin Williams

Town Mountain

Two Runner

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

Full Cord (winners of the 2022 Telluride Band Competition)