Telluride Blues and Brews Festival


Telluride Blues and Brews a ‘Grand Taste’ of both

By Brian Turk

September 14-16

Telluride Town Park

Telluride, Colo.


Ah, Telluride in September. The close of festival season in Colorado is marked by Blues and Brews, and this festival’s name is quite misleading. This is not a blues festival; it’s an all-encompassing three day festival that has no specific theme to its lineup.

Past lineups will show just how all over the map this festival really is. And that tradition will continue this year, as the 2012 festival will host Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule and the B-52s, to name just a few from their initial lineup announcement.

Telluride Blues and Brews also has one of the coolest late night music setups for a Colorado festival. On Friday and Saturday night after 10 p.m., various Telluride venues turn into “juke joints.” Buying a juke joint pass will grant access to any of these venues, but they do fill up fast. If one of the juke joints is full, you will be directed to another, so if you are looking to see a particular show, line up early or get a VIP pass, which allows early entry to the venues.


You’re going there to see: Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule.

You’re going to come home talking about: More acts to be announced soon.


Travel time:

(As calculated by from Denver, Colo. to Telluride, Colo.)

Total Est. Time: 6 hours, 53 minutes

Total Est. Distance: 363 miles


YOU NEED TO KNOW: Telluride Blues and Brews encourages creativity in the campsites. Theme campsites will be judged, and they give out some great prizes. You don’t have to register, submit building plans, or meet any kind of criteria to partake. There are a few rules, and the most important is to keep your theme PG.

Camping: On-site. Must have a festival pass to purchase the four night camping pass.


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