Telluride Blues & Brews Gives Us a Glimmer of Hope

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Gotta have hope and Telluride Blues & Brews just sent out some via email! Here’s is a wonderful announcement that we here at Mountain Town Magazine are looking forward to!

As the September 18th – 20th event inches just a bit closer, the 27th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival reveals its 2020 artist lineup. The festival returns with a dynamic, well-rounded mix of live blues, funk, indie, rock, jam band, gospel and soul performances with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Brittany Howard, Buddy Guy, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Jonny Lang and many more. The complete list of announced artists is included below.

“Looking at the decades of lineups from the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, this year’s lineup stands to be one of the most progressive and forward-looking, while still being anchored by blues fixtures,” said Steve Gumble, Festival Director and Founder. “Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Brittany Howard are artists that define this generation of blues, rock and soul music, while groups like Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Larkin Poe and Samantha Fish are primed to define the next. Legendary icons like Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and Anders Osborne will showcase the finest of the blues craft, along with a traditional display of American roots music from the unsung legends from the Music Maker Relief Foundation artist roster. We’re in for a dynamic few days of live music and I’m really looking forward to it!”

Artists will perform on three stages under towering 13,000 foot Rocky Mountain peaks as the fall foliage season begins to brighten the landscape. To complement the music, the festival proudly boasts a wide variety of local and regional food and craft vendors, children’s activities (climbing wall, bounce houses, bungee trampolines, and parades) and cozy late night club shows. In addition, attendees can enjoy an assortment of special events throughout the festival weekend including the “Blisters & Brews” 5k fundraiser race, free Yoga Sessions, the Telluride Blues Challenge, Blues For Breakfast, Campground Sessions and the Sunset Blues Concert.

Honoring its craft beer roots, the festival uncorks an equally impressive and diverse collection of 56 craft breweries boasting 170 styles of craft beer and cider at the festival’s Grand Tasting. Highly regarded as one of the premier beer tasting events in the Southwest, the Grand Tasting takes place inside the festival grounds on Saturday, September 19 from Noon to 3 pm. Official festival beer sponsor Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will also be on hand with a bevy of favorites including classics and rare creations such as the “Back Porch Lager” (only available at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival).

Additional artists and the stand-up comedy lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. The festival schedules for the Main Stage, Blues Stage, Campground Stage and late night Juke Joints will be released in the early months of summer.

2020 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Artist Lineup:
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Brittany Howard
Buddy Guy
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Jonny Lang
Larkin Poe
Anders Osborne
Samantha Fish
Luther Dickinson
The Allman Betts Band
Jamestown Revival
Liz Cooper & The Stampede
Hannah Wicklund
Quinn Sullivan
Kevin Burt
King Solomon Hicks
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
Jeremie Albino
J & The Causeways
Dedicated Men Of Zion
Robert Lee Coleman
Cool John Ferguson
Terry “Harmonica” Bean
Cary Morin
Mitch Woods
Dustin Arbuckle & Matt Woods
Shane Hall: KINDRD
Scramble Campbell
Stand-Up Comedy: Troy Walker, Kyle Kinane, Candice Thompson, Jenny Zigrino

Festival tickets are on sale now. Three-Day Passes are $225 plus service fees, Single-Day Passes start at $95 plus service fees. For festival information or to purchase tickets, visit
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, festival organizers, SBG Productions, have been monitoring the latest news and updates. Given the sensitivity of the situation, the festival held an online poll offering fans the opportunity to vote on the timing of the announcement. While the votes varied across the board, the results were clear. A resounding majority of respondents voted to hear the lineup news as quickly as possible. For more information about the poll, visit

At this time, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is moving forward as planned and will take all precautions and implement safety measures that exceed the current mandated standards and protocol. The festival remains committed to the health and safety of our audience which is of utmost importance. Should the situation change, updated announcements will be sent out.

That just makes us HAPPY!!!

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