Telluride Blog: Marshmallows mysteriously fly in smoky Telluride skies



Fiddler Luke Bulla performed with Jerry Douglas June 23 at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. (Photo by Robert Nathan)

Members of Yonder Mountain String Band taunt the audience into throwing marshmallows at them on June 23 in their 13th annual appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. (Photo by Hans Lehndorff)

Telluride, 6:15 p.m. June 23 – When the seating area directly in front of the stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival fills up with a gaggle of musicians, you know there’s a musician’s musician onstage. They were all there to hear Jerry Douglas, dobro player extraordinaire,  play HIS kind of music. So one of bluegrass music’s instrumental stars started off with a sweet solo version of “Spain” (by Return to Forever) and “A Remark You Made” (by Weather Report) with his bandmates: jazz-rock drum star Omar Hakim, bassist Victor Krauss and  a rising fiddle star, Luke Bulla. I’ve never successfully minted a label to describe the kind of genre-fusing instrumental music Douglas and cohorts play but it sounds blissful to me.

Now on stage:  As smoke fogs this box canyon from a fire in Mancos, torch singer k.d. lang is wowing and charming a crowd that was throwing marshmalllows at Yonder Mountain String Band 30 minutes ago.