BY Emma Polachek
Telluride Town Park
Telluride never fails to surprise us, and this year that surprise comes in the form of the second annual Ride Festival. Unlike most festivals in the box canyon, the Ride Festival brings a more rock-heavy and Americana-laden lineup than other T-Ride festivals.
From David Byrne and St. Vincent, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Rodrigo Y Gabriella to Drive-By Truckers, Steve Earle, CAKE and Son Volt, Ride Festival will test the natural reverb of the canyon like few festivals have before.
While many of these artists have played Telluride in one form or another over the years, having them all performing on the same weekend is new territory for Town Park and a much needed shot of testosterone into Telluride’s summer music tradition.
You’re going there to see: Drive-By Truckers, Big Head Todd & The Monsters
You’re going to come home talking about: David Byrne & St. Vincent, and Son Volt
(As calculated by maps.google.com from Denver, Colo. to Telluride, Colo.)
Total Estimated Time: 6 hours, 28 minutes
Total Estimated Distance: 330 miles
You Need to Know: The festival is providing support to a great cause by lending a helping hand to one of the country’s last non-commercial, non-underwritten radio stations, KOTO-FM, which is where a portion of your ticket money goes. Feel good about that! Since 1975, KOTO has provided the Telluride region with high-quality, commercial-free, non-underwritten community radio.
Camping: Onsite camping is allowed and included in the ticket price, but many options are already sold out.