Blues & Brews – Telluride, CO (Day 1)


This post is part 1 of 3 in the series Telluride Blues & Brews

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We are so lucky. Not only do we get to drive around and see all kinds of beautiful places and beautiful people but every once in a while there’s beautiful music too. Beautiful places, people and music were in abundant supply at the 16th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and we spent three blissful days enjoying all three PLUS the chance to hang out with old friends from New York (hi Dino and Ali). Bonus!

Historic downtown Telluride

Historic downtown Telluride.

No doubt the town of Telluride has changed a lot over the years and today its mining-town past sometimes takes a back seat to its fancy-town present. However, the gorgeous mountains that pen Telluride into its scenic box canyon remain unchanged: just plain gorgeous and a fantastic backdrop for an outdoor festival.

Telluride Town Park makes for one of the most beautiful festival sites anywhere.

Telluride Town Park makes for one of the most beautiful festival sites anywhere.

Another great thing about the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is the fact that it maxes out at around 6,000 people which means you can always get to the front of the stage if you want to. We spent most of our time up front checking out a lot of bands that were new to us.

Jason Ricci and New Blood was a new band to us and we were blown away.

Jason Ricci and New Blood was a new band to us and we were blown away.

Karen enjoy's some music. As Dino said, "Somebody fill her glass." (photo courtesey of Dino Perucci)

Karen enjoying the blues but her brew is sadly empty. As Dino said, “Somebody fill her glass!” (photo courtesy of Dino Perrucci)

Otis Taylor's African Orchestra also kicked butt.

Otis Taylor’s African Orchestra also kicked butt. Bassist Cassie Taylor was a badass stand out.

Some of the tasty beer selection. It is the Blues & Brews Fest after all.

Some of the tasty beer selection. It is the Blues & Brews Fest after all.

Clouds did not diminish the beauty of the stage surrounded by fall-colored Aspens.

Clouds did not diminish the beauty of the stage surrounded by Aspens just coming into fall colors.

Seasoned Blues & Brews goers know that the key to staying comfortable all day in the changing mountain weather is to layer up. In the course of just one day festival goers went from shorts and t-shirts to fleece and waterproof jackets as the weather swung between gorgeous sunshine to rain.

Jackie Greene

Jackie Greene.

Joe Cocker, the headliner for Day 1 was in perfect form.

Joe Cocker, the headliner for Day 1, was in perfect form.

The first night of the festival was anchored by Joe Cocker who lives not far from Telluride with his wife who co-runs the Cocker Kids’ Foundation. He may not perform much anymore and he may be 65-years-old but his performance proved that there’s still plenty of Mad Dog left in him.

Joe Cocker, a resident of nearby Crawford, still has chops.

Joe Cocker, a resident of nearby Crawford, still has chops.

It’s both a blessing and a curse to go into the same business as a famous parent, however, Lukas Nelson (son of Willie) delivered his very own brand of rocking blues that showed a talent all his own, dipping into many musical pots including Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles.

Lucas Nelson (son of Willie) and the Promise of Real played a night show at the Sheridan Opera House.

Lukas Nelson (son of Willie) and the Promise of the Real played a night show at the lovely and intimate Sheridan Opera House.

Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real


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