Aside from an incredible lineup including headliners ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the Telluride Blues and Brews festival has a lot to offer, including the 170 beers that will be on tap during Saturday’s Grand Tasting. Here are some events to check out in addition to all the great music.
Take a Peek into the History of Blues
Wednesday night the Festival officially kicks off with the film premiere of “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” the story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records, featuring some of the biggest names in the blues scene. The event is a fundraiser for the San Miguel Resource Center, local non-profit which helps to raise awareness and battle domestic violence in the county. The event takes place on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:30 PM at Telluride's Palm Theatre.
Sunset Plaza Concert
This year the free kick-off concert in Mountain Village will feature Hillstomp and The Johnson County Coroners. The show is open to everyone of all ages and takes place in the Sunset Plaza of Mountain Village. If you’re staying in town, jump on the free Gondola to partake in the fun. Restaurants such as Siam’s Talay Grille will be serving up drinks in the common consumption area as well.
Blues in the A.M.
Saturday, 9/19 and Sunday, 9/20
Head to the Elks Lodge on Saturday or Sunday at 9am for a Blues Breakfast. During the breakfast, six musicians will vie for a chance to perform on the Town Park stage later that day as part of the Telluride Blues Challenge.
Be the best “Sharp Dressed Fan”
To celebrate ZZ Top turn as a headliner, Blues and Brews is hosting a “Sharp Dressed Fan” contest. Throw on your best bedazzled suit, fedora, and cheap sunglasses in celebration of that “little ‘ol band from Texas,” for the chance to win two free passes to next year’s festival.
For the Kids
Friday, 9/18 – Sunday, 9/20
One of the best things about Blues and Brews is how family-friendly the event is. The Rainbow Kids Area is complete with a bungee trampoline, climbing wall, and inflatable bouncee games throughout the weekend, too. Living Folklore features children’s entertainment, workshops and two parades—Saturday and Sunday—keeping things upbeat and fun for the younger festival goers.
If you haven’t bought your tickets for Blues and Brews yet, don’t wait. There are limited quantities left. We hope you enjoy the festival this year – one of our favorites!