July 12 – 14
Telluride Town Park
With so many music festivals, it feels like there is one for every genre. But until 2012 it seemed like a straight-up rock festival had been forsaken. Sure, rock acts were scattered throughout other events, but no one focused primarily on rock and roll — it was an afterthought. Enter The Ride Festival, which in its first two years repeatedly filled Telluride’s box canyon with precious, precious reverb.
And now, with their inaugural years behind them, The Ride gets to turn the tables and offer some samplings from other genres, while keeping the weekend-long festival turned up to 11. This year’s lineup will feature the rootsy Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the bluesy, exploratory vibe of the Wood Brothers, and the world famous Harlem Gospel Choir, in addition to a slew of pedigreed rock and rollers and a host of up-and-comers — making The Ride the perfect festival for discovering emerging artists.
In addition to the main stage concerts in Town Park, the festivities will continue into the evening throughout Telluride’s clubs and venues for up-close-and -personal sets.
You’re going there to see: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Lucero, JJ Grey and Mofro, and Joan Osborne.
You’re going to come home talking about: The Hold Steady, White Denim.
Travel Time: (Denver, Colo. to Telluride, Colo.)
Total Estimated Time: 6 hours, 28 minutes
Total Estimated Distance: 330 miles
You Need to Know: While the festival technically is July 12 and 13, truth be told, festivities get underway the evening of July 11 in Mountain Village with a sunset concert. Taking the free gondola ride to Mountain Village in Telluride is something that newbies must do and that veterans can’t wait to do again.
Camping: On-site camping is allowed and there are options for tent or car camping.