The Telluride Bluegrass festival in southwestern Colorado may be the most niche of the nation’s big summer music fests, but this year’s event, June 19-22, promises to deliver surprising range, proved by these Telluride 2014 highlights:


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Brandi Carlile:
With a sweeter take on Janis Joplin’s howls, Carlile doesn’t exactly fit the bluegrass archetype. Still, the veteran of the Americana circuit should blend in fine, and she’ll take the stage to reaffirm her status as one of the brightest pop-folk songwriters.


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Andrew Bird& The Hands of Glory:

Bird’s folk-burlesque tunes land a stone’s throw away from the likes of Neko Case, but Bird’s style comes to Telluride thanks to his instrument: a violin, hooked to pedals that let him layer sounds — and redefine what folksters might expect from a “fiddle.”