Telluride Blues & Brews: Free Concert, 9/14, & More

Telluride Blues & Brews: Free Concert, 9/14, & More

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Kicks off with FREE concert featuring Monkey Junk and Brian Wallen. Event takes place September 14, 2017, 5 – 7 p.m., Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village.

Scroll down for a taste of Monkey Junk in action.

For a full schedule of events, visit

Survive & Thrive Guide here.

Grand Tasting Beers & Cider Styles Announced.

Anders Osborne “Send Me A Friend” Raffle. Tickets $5 and unlimited.

Festival food.

Taste tease, volume 3.

Monkey Junk is Steve Marriner (vocals, harmonica, baritone guitar and Hammond organ), Matt Sobb (drums and percussion), and Tony D (lead guitar), a swampy, funky trio from northern Canada. The Ottowa-based trio is a fixture on the blues scene in Canada, and have racked up numerous Maple Blues and Juno Awards and nominations, winning in 2012 for Blues Album of the Year, To Behold.

Marriner has a gritty, old soul voice, and Sobb’s rock solid platform pins down their swampy groove over which Tony D’s guitar work soars.

Monkey Junk

What will strike you first about seeing Wallen perform is the focused energy he brings in buckets full. Next is the way you’re mesmerized by his guitar work – at once shambolic and precise. The rhythm he stomps out is feral and true.

“The first time we saw this gent play, we knew he’d be perfect for the rolling intimacy of our Durango Blues Train summer series. He’s a crowd favorite and this year in Telluride, he’ll be performing not once but three times. You have zero excuse to miss the man. The son of Indiana has traveled the world playing everything from house concerts to rock clubs, from cities of renown to scenes of his familiar farmland home. Check out his blog about the life of a traveling musician. It’s insightful, filled with gratitude, and downright poetic at times,” said Blues & Brews.

The Town of Mountain Village’s Entertainment District allows a fluid social atmosphere where alcoholic beverages purchased from associated restaurants can be taken into the Common Consumption Area and enjoyed during the concert.

The show takes place rain or shine.

Supporting sponsors are The Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski Resort, Sierra Nevada Brewing, SBG Productions, and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA).

About festival transportation & parking:

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 – 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Expect long lines during peak times.

In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open 30 minutes longer than the gondola all three nights.

Since the Town of Mountain Village becomes inundated with parked vehicles during the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, the town has set aside specific parking spaces for its businesses and residents.

Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Town Hall Plaza Parking lot.

Twenty-six spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Additionally, six resident-only parking spaces are located on the top level of the Gondola Parking Garage though residents may park anywhere in the garage. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff. Free parking in the Gondola Parking Garage will begin Thursday, September 15 at noon and end Monday, September 19 at noon.

Other parking options include the North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced.

Alternatively, for those shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. The first hour is free and then $2 for each hour until exit; $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

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