Telluride Blues and Brews Turns 21 Years Old


September 12 – 14

Telluride Town Park

Telluride, Colo.


Telluride Blues and Brews, as a festival, can legally drink this year. Over the last 21 years the festival has grown from a very traditional blues gathering to an almost any-genre-goes event where headliners are just as likely to have funk, rock, folk or jam roots as they are to have traditional blues roots.

The headliners this year run the gamut from classic rock legend Peter Frampton, to the 1980s alt-rock of The Violent Femmes, to Dr. Funkenstein himself, George Clinton.

This year, for the first time since its inception, the festival will be featuring comedian sets as well as artist Q&As on a new state-of-the-art stage located in the Hanley Pavilion. Those special events are in addition to one of Telluride Blues and Brews’ most intimate elements — the Campground Sessions. The schedule hasn’t yet been released but last year’s festival featured a set in the campground each afternoon that was open to campers only — that’s worth battling the chilly nights in a tent, right there. That intimate setting, coupled with the new Q&As, and the always popular Juke Joint shows, will keep music pumping through the box canyon throughout the weekend.


You’re going there to see: The Violent Femmes, Peter Frampton and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.

You’re going to come home talking about: Charles Bradley and Black Joe Lewis

Travel Time: (Denver, Colo. to Telluride, Colo.)

Total Estimated Time: 6 hours, 28 minutes

Total Estimated Distance: 330 miles


You Need to Know: Telluride parties late night. The official Late Night shows are held at multiple venues, and require a “Juke Joint” pass. Juke Joint passes sell out quickly, so get on it.

Camping: On-site. Must have a festival pass to purchase the four night camping pass. Prepare for near freezing mornings, and bring plenty of quarters for the pay showers.



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