Breweries and Bands Invade Telluride

6/6 | Tess Weaver

Of all of the festival settings in the world, Telluride Town Park boasts one of the most beautiful backdrops for the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.

Of all of the festival settings in the world, Telluride Town Park boasts one of the most beautiful backdrops for the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.

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Sept. 13-15, 2013


Three-Day Pass: $170. Single-Day passes on sale June 15. Festival Four-Day camping passes are $40 per person, with camping located adjacent to the Festival grounds starting Thursday, Sept. 12.


The Black Crowes, Jim James, Melissa Etheridge and more than 50 microbrews. 

Insider Tips

Get up close and personal with festival headliners via Juke Joint Passes ($25 per night), which access multiple venues Friday and Saturday night, post-festival hours. Escape the crowds one day of the festival and bike ride up Imogene Pass while the music is playing for a live soundtrack and unparalleled views of the festival.

The Scoop

Boasting days of continuous live music and microbrew tastings against a backdrop of spectacular peaks, the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival has remained one of Colorado’s most-popular festivals for 20 years. 

When B.B. King performed in 2004, he sat on the small, wooden stage in Telluride Town Park, looked out at the San Juans and told the crowd, "Out of the 90 different countries I've been to, I've never seen anything more beautiful than what you have here." 

Front Stage Shot_Barry Brecheisen

The Telluride Town Park stage has seen its share legendary acts over the years. Photo by Barry Brecheisen.

This year, the lineup features headliners The Black Crowes, Jim James and Melissa Etheridge. Other acts include Gary Clark Jr., Mickey Hart Band, John Hiatt, Anders Osborne, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Otis Taylor Band, The New Mastersounds, Allen Stone, ZZ Ward, Rebirth Brass Band, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Relatives, Selwyn Birchwood Band and more.

Aerial_Barry Brecheisen

Southwestern Colorado's San Juan Mountains provides a perfect backdrop to Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. Photo by Barry Brecheisen.

On Saturday, the premier beer-tasting event features more than 150 beers from more than 50 accredited national microbreweries. As part of the Acoustic Blues Competition, six solo acoustic artists will participate in a playoff at the festival's "Blues For Breakfast," held at the Elks Lodge from 9 a.m. to noon on both Saturday and Sunday.

The festival is a 100-percent carbon neutral event. Volunteers direct garbage into compost, recycling or regular bins and most every festival product that isn’t recyclable is biodegradable. Fans can purchase a Green Ticket, which offsets a portion of emissions created by traveling to and from the event. 




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