Telluride Conference Center, Mountain Village, presents Pig & Whiskey, 8/14

Telluride Conference Center, Mountain Village, presents Pig & Whiskey, 8/14

[click “Play”, Meehan Fee describes the event]

PIG & WHISKEY POSTER FINAL Telluride’s sister city, the Mountain Village, is hopping this weekend with two big events: the Telluride Festival of the Arts and the Telluride Conference Center’s Pig & Whiskey.

Pig & Whiskey is no pig in a poke: everything about the event is out there on the table. And there is something for everyone.

For film buffs, there’s a screening of a documentary by Drive-By Truckers co-founder Patterson Hood. “The Secret to a Happy Ending” chronicles the life and impact of the Drive-By Truckers, a rock-and-roll band that may not enjoy mass fame, but claims an unusually potent connection with its fans just like the jam band who packed Telluride Town Park earlier this week, Phish. It’s a connection the film’s director, Barr Weissman felt first-hand when he saw them in 2003. One song in particular, “The Living Bubba,” frontman Patterson Hood’s high and mournful ode to a friend who had died, purportedly reduced Weissman to an emotional pulp.

If you enjoy your silver screen savories on the rocks, you will find the “Whiskey” part of Pig & appealing. Brown-Forman (yes, it’s the same Brown who owns Telluride’s Between the Covers bookstore) hosts the fine whiskey tasting.

The screening and whiskey tasting take place between 6 – 8 p.m.

The chaser is a good old-fashioned pig roast prepared by Chef/restauranteur Jake Linzinmeir, owner of Telluride’s Excelsior  and X Cafes. Linzinmeir is preparing BBQ two ways and serving it “pick” style with Olathe corn and other sides. “Babe,” oops, dinner is served at 8 p.m.

The whiskey and pig roast add up to a few calories you will want to burn off dancing to the music of Ethyl & The Regulars appearing with – and this ties up the evening in a nice neat bow – Patterson Hood. The Regulars deliver high octane honky tonk and western swing. Booty shaking sounds. The dancing starts at 9 p.m.

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to Meehan Fee, general manager, Telluride Conference Center.

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