Telluride Blues & Brews: Overview + Kick Off Event

Telluride Blues & Brews: Overview + Kick Off Event

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Telluride Town Park September 16-18.  Full schedule here. Tickets here. (Please note: still available, limited 3-day passes. VIP passes are sold out.)


Can’t get enough of that crazy stuff?

Then get in the Blues & Brews Festival groove early and party hardy for a great cause.

Blues & Brews Wednesday Kick-Off Event:


The unofficial kick-off of the weekend 2016, a Locals Blues & Brews Party & Film, takes place Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. at the historic Sheridan Opera House.

The event is hosted by KOTO’s Jimmy Jazz and the Telluride Blues Society. The film is “The Song of the South: Duane Allman & the Rise of the Allman Brothers Band. A $15 suggested donation goes to the San Miguel Resource Center, the region’s only nonprofit dealing with interpersonal violence. A VIP party – $35/person – 6:30 p.m. includes live music from the Charlie Weathers Band, free food, a cash bar and a raffle for a Friday Blues & Brews ticket. The film, with a separate admission, starts at 8:30 p.m.

About the film, “Song of the South: Duane Allman & The Rise Of The Allman Brothers Band”:

In the early to mid-1970s, a handful of bands from the Deep South reinvigorated American popular music by fusing blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll styles into a new and unique form. But the man who had sparked this renaissance and who had struggled to gain acceptance in an industry firmly established in the North and out West, was by then just a memory.  Duane Allman, the lead guitarist and driving force behind Southern Rock pioneers The Allman Brothers Band, lived a tragically short life, but during his brief career he changed music forever.

This film looks at Allman’s life, work and musical output, from his early days in Florida to his influential session work in Muscle Shoals, his monumental collaboration with Eric Clapton in Derek & The Dominos and the inimitable virtuosity with which he set the Allman Brothers Band alight.

“The story of a man who traveled a great distance in a short amount of time  and whose particular genius not only launched a new genre (Southern rock) but has continued to inspire listeners and players well over 40 years after his death.” Jedd Beaudoin, PopMatters

About Telluride Blues & Brews:



The 2016 musical line-up features an eclectic mix of live blues, funk, indie, rock, jam band, gospel and soul performances.

Joe Walsh and Jason Isbell lead the Friday bill; Gary Clark Jr. and Anders Osborne set to perform on Saturday; The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito and Vintage Trouble closing out the festival on Sunday.

Comedians Troy Walker, Sam Tallent, Sarah Tiana and Eddie Ifft are featured on both Saturday and Sunday nights on the Blues Stage, along with Friday and Saturday night sets at Juke Joints at Arroyo Wine Bar and Gallery.

Festival-goers get to kick off the weekend’s festivities with a few pre-fest shows in Mountain Village (go here for details) and downtown Telluride on Thursday.

Beyond the entertainment, Telluride Blues & Brews elevates the blues and beer vanguard to a new level once again. The festival uncorks an equally impressive and diverse slate of 56 microbreweries boasting 170 styles of craft beer and cider. This year’s official beer sponsor Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will also be on hand with a bevy of favorites for tasting, trying, and enjoying.


Additionally, the Blisters & Brews 5K provides festival goers the opportunity to exercise before they imbibe.

The Saturday, September 17, morning race provides runners with a safe, beautiful way to view the town via a route and start/finish area. The Bootdoctors Paragon Outdoors-sponsored race will raise money for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP) in honor of Telluride Blues & Brews Festival friend Felix Snow. More information about TASP can be found here.


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