The free concert is only the first of many special programs scheduled over the five-day Labor Day weekend festival.
Julie Huntsinger, executive director of Telluride Film Festival, said in an announcement that the free concert is a way for the festival to mark not only its 40th anniversary, but to thank the town of Telluride, its devoted staff and all the festival guests and pass holders who make their way to the Festival year after year. “We are absolutely thrilled Punch Brothers will open the 40th TFF,” said Huntsinger.
“We wanted to do something really special this year to celebrate our 40 years and those who have been there with us along the way. I can’t think of another band more complementary to Telluride than Punch Brothers.”
Punch Brothers was founded by renowned mandolinist/singer Chris Thile with four virtuosic musicians: guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, and fiddler Gabe Witcher. They have released three albums on the Nonesuch label: Punch (2008), Antifogmatic (2009), and last year’s critically acclaimed Who’s Feeling Young Now?. Punch Brothers tour year-round, playing for sold-out, zealous audiences at increasingly larger venues around the world.