The Best Of Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2016 [Gallery]

first_img[Béla Fleck & The Flecktones][Infamous Stringdusters][Punch Brothers][Sam Bush w/ Greensky Bluegrass][The Lil’ Smokies][Yonder Mountain String Band w/ Leftover Salmon’s Vince Hermann][Sam Bush Band w/ Del McCoury][Greensky Bluegrass][Infamous Stringdusters w/ Nicki Bluhm]Full Gallery: This weekend, bluegrass fans from all over flocked to one of the most breathtaking sites in the country, Telluride, for four days of magical music nestled amongst the scenic Colorado Rocky Mountains. The annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, now running for more than 40 years strong, drew bluegrass favorites and beyond such as Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band, Ryan Adams, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters with Nicki Bluhm, the Punch Brothers and more for a monumental weekend of laid-back vibes and fervent boogieing.Here are some of our favorite moments of the festival, with a full gallery at the bottom (by ontheDL Photography).[Del McCoury Band] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Still plenty left to play for

first_imgMarch Madness is finally here. With most conferences gearing up for their leaguetournaments this week, one of the greatest months in the sports world isfinally here. While there is a lot going on this month from spring trainingto NBA teams battling for playoff positioning to even the women?s hockey teammaking a run at a third-straight NCAA championship, college basketball is thestar of the month.And what a good month this is shaping up to be.A lot is on the line this week for teams across the country.Whether it?s teams making a case for being a No. 1 seed in the tournament orsome storied basketball programs like Syracuse, Kentucky and two-time defendingchampion Florida fighting to be included in the field of 65, it should be anexciting weekend for college basketball fans.While there will be a lot on the line across the countrythis week, there still is a lot on the line for five Big Ten teams entering theconference tournament. The Big Ten right now has four locks to make the tournamentin Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue and Wisconsin, but all will be fighting toposition themselves to get a better seed and a location close to home. Ohio State, last year?s national runner-up, has the most tofight for this weekend. The Buckeyes will most likely need to get at least oneand probably two wins in Indianapolis to make the field of 65. Getting winsover Purdue and Michigan State in the final week of the regular season willcertainly help OSU, but if the team bows out Friday, it will more than likelybe on the outside looking in. Michigan State is a lock to make it to the tournament, butthey have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the conference all year.You never know what Spartan team you are going to get: the one that managedonly 42 points at Wisconsin or the one that put up 103 at home against Indianaa couple of days later. A strongshowing in Indy will give MSU a better draw in the tournament.The same can be said for Indiana, a team that is 3-2 sinceKelvin Sampson resigned and almost lost to last-place Northwestern. Whileearlier in the season the Hoosiers looked like it would make a deep run comeMarch, it no longer seems that way. However, by winning the Big Ten tournament,Indiana could regain that swagger it had earlier in the year and be poised tomake a deep run once again. Purdue probably has the least on the line of any teams thisweekend. Yes, it can improve its seed, but the biggest thing Purdue can do ismake its case as being the best team in the Big Ten this year. The Boilermakersfell just short of at least sharing a conference crown, but should they win thetournament this weekend and possibly beat Wisconsin for the third time thisyear, Purdue could make a strong case as being the best team in the conference.Despite winning the regular season title, Wisconsin stillhas a lot to play for as well. If the Badgers make it to the championship gamethis week, and certainly if they win it, they will more than likely be given aNo. 2 seed again in the tournament. UW could join Michigan State (1999),Illinois (2005) and Ohio State (2007) as the only schools to win both theregular season and tournament titles. Wisconsin might also have a shot at getting revenge againstPurdue, should the two teams meet in the championship game, and it could alsohave a shot at breaking the school record for wins in a season set lastyear. If UW were to win thetournament title that would give it 29 wins on the year, the Badgers would onlyneed one win in the NCAA tournament to tie and two wins to break the record.Whatever happens this weekend for the Badgers and the restof the Big Ten, I know one thing for sure ? this will just be the start of anexciting time for college basketball fans.  Greg is a senior majoring in communication arts. Let him know how you think the BigTen tournament will shake out at [email protected]last_img read more