The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival turns 11 this year when the annual event returns to the Rocky Mountains on Friday, September 17 though Sunday, September 19. B.B. King is scheduled to be the closing headliner on Sunday, with Jonny Lang and Gov’t Mule headlining Friday and Saturday respectively.
Every September, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival plays host to more than 20 national touring bands, 50 microbreweries, and a sold-out crowd of 8,000 adventure-seekers who come from around the country. The three-day family-friendly celebration of live music and microbrews takes place within the unparalleled culture and wilderness of the Rocky Mountain landscape. At an elevation of 8,750 feet, this mountain hamlet is home to the famous Telluride Town Park, an outdoor music venue with a humble wooden stage, towering mountain peaks for a backdrop, and a pristine mountain valley for a dance floor.
In addition to the King and Mule, this year’s lineup consists of Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Stockholm Syndrome featuring Dave Schools and Jerry Joseph, Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, Indigenous, Papa Grows Funk, Bonerama, Gospel Hummingbirds, Hazel Miller, Mofro, Tommy Elskes and Friends and many more.
While the main stage in Telluride Town Park is the heart of the festival, the atmosphere is spread throughout the town with late night shows in local Juke Joints, an after-hours jam, the Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp and Competition, sponsored by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Back Porch Blues and Blues for Breakfast. In addition to live music, attendees can enjoy The Rainbow Kids Area, and The Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 18 which features more than 100 different flavors of beer by microbreweries from the Western U.S. Also, on site for the first time this year, will be a traveling exhibit by Gibson Guitars.
Three-day passes are currently on sale and single-day passes go on sale June 1. To order tickets, check availability, and/or make camping reservations, call 866-515-6166 (toll free) or log on to tellurideblues.com.