Photos: Telluride Blues and Brews
If there is a more beautiful and perfect setting for a music festival, we haven't seen it (and frankly we’re not even sure one exists). Practically as famous for its summer and autumn festivals as it is for its world-class skiing, Telluride is at the heart of the Colorado Rockies way up at 8,750 feet.
Telluride itself is an awesome town (click here to read about how to spend 24 hours there) with great restaurants, bars, loads of history. And, when the music is finished for the day at the festival site, the music plays on in town at various venues around town. These are the festival "Juke Joints" and they promise to keep the party going!
Contrary to the name, this three-day festival is a celebration of all music, so you can expect to hear plenty of blues but also funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul including Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Gov’t Mule, and Booker T’s Stax Revue among many, many others.
Now for the brews part. Sierra Nevada Brewing is the official sponsor of the festival, but the festival will also feature the 2018 House of Brews, a canvas-covered temple to beer (and cider) that will see Sierra Nevada joined by some local beer purveyors to pour all weekend long including Eagle’s Bonfire Brewing, hometown brewmasters Telluride Brewing, Big B’s Hard Cider from Hotchkiss, and Durango Brewing and Ska Brewing from Durango.
And as if that isn’t enough beer, smack in the middle of the three-day festival is the 2018 Grand Tasting. A three-hour hop-fuelled session that will see 56 craft breweries bring over 170 beers for your tasting pleasure. There will also be food and craft vendors, children's activities and late-night shows among much more.
Telluride Blues and Brews, September 14 - 16
Read more in the Autumn, 2018 issue of West of 105, available for free here.