Telluride Blues & Brews – Our Favorite!

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is revered as one of the most scenic and intimate music festivals in the country, tucked inside the historic mining town of Telluride, Colorado, in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. The Blues & Brews three-day celebration offers an eclectic mix of live blues, funk, jam bands, rock, gospel and soul performances – accompanied by some of the best microbreweries in the country. Food and craft vendors, children’s activities and late night Juke Joint shows are also featured.
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The 20th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival proudly announced The Black Crowes, Jim James, and Melissa Etheridge as the headliners of the event this summer. Additional musicians booked to play include Gary Clark Jr., John Hiatt, Mickey Hart Band, Anders Osborne, Otis Taylor Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Allen Stone, ZZ Ward, The New Mastersounds, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Relatives, Selwyn Birchwood Band with more to be announced. Tickets for Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, held September 13-15, 2013, are currently on sale.

“We are truly looking forward to celebrating our 20th year in Telluride,” said Steve Gumble, Festival Director. “I look back fondly over the years, growing from a small four hour beer tasting with twenty brews and a handful of people, into a three day music festival with 150 different beers, thousands of thirsty fans, and artist s like The Black Crowes and Melissa Etheridge. I have to pinch myself! ”

Kicking off the 2013 festival are the Black Crowes, who have assembled a mighty band for this year’s Lay Down With Number 13 tour. In addition to the brothers Robinson on vocals and guitar, they’ll have Steve Gorman on drums, and longtime bassist Sven Pipien on board. Blues & Brews fans will remember keyboardist Adam MacDougall’s unbelievable performance with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood in 2012. Blues & Brews regulars will also be delighted to welcome back festival favorite, Jackie Greene, who will play with the Crowes on guitar and vocals.

Singer/songwriter Jim James has spent the better part of almost two decades as the lead singer and songwriter for My Morning Jacket. Based on a diverse outpouring of studio albums and live shows that leave fans breathless, My Morning Jacket has grown into one of the most acclaimed rock and roll bands in the world. James’ debut solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, showcases his soulful songwriting, his captivating voice, and his talents as both a producer and engineer. Maybe lesser known to our veteran festival followers, this performance is not one to miss!

The critically-acclaimed songwriter Melissa Etheridge headlines the final day of the festival this year. Etheridge is touring in support of her 12th record, 4th Street Feeling, a musical look back at her Kansas roots. Known for her killer guitar playing, she plays all the guitar parts on the new record and the songs display all the deep confidence and wisdom of someone who has lived her life to its fullest. Telluride is excited to welcome Etheridge to Telluride for he first appearance in their box canyon.


Celebrate our Grand Tasting on Saturday 14th at 12:00pm on the festival grounds  Telluride Brewing Company, Colorado Native, Altamont Brewing Co, Asher Brewing Company, Aspen Brewing Company, Bonfire, Boulder Brewing and an additional 143 different beer companys will be offering their best brews – Bottoms up!
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Photo Credits: Telluride Blues & Brews
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