22 Jul 2013
Top five reasons to come to Telluride this September and stay for the Blues & Brew Festival
It was hard to narrow it down to just five but we did it!
Headliners this year — The Black Crowes, Jim James [my morning jacket front man] and Melissa Etheridge — are not the only reasons to get yourself to Town Park, on Telluride’s east end. Relative newcomers to the scene Gary Clark jr. and ZZ Ward have the talent and ability to blow your mind as well. Discover them, and other acts first and watch as they head into stardom in the years to follow their Telluride debuts – not unlike previous Blues & Brews musical act Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
While the weather in September can be anything from toasty hot to snowy and cold – the leaves are consistently just beginning to shift in color from the summery greens to autumn yellows and oranges. Bring along your camera and make use of the stunning natural backdrop to the festival.
50 Different micro brews are rolled out on Saturday morning of the festival for the ‘Grand Tasting’ — find everything form jalapeño infused beers and hard cider to your favorite IPAs. Grab a tasting glass at the entrance to the fest and get ready to dazzle your beer palate.
Chances are home is somewhere that the summer heat is still hitting hard in mid-September. Head to the San Juan Mountains and chill out under the shade of the towering mountain peaks and beautiful Aspen tree landscape. Let the cold beer in your hand and the fresh mountain air seep into your mind & body and fall into full relaxation mode before the busy school year and holiday season roll in.
Food. It’s no secret that locals and visitors alike enjoy attending all the summer festivals here in Telluride for the food variety offered, and The Blues & Brew Festival is no exception! Boasting a variety of selections from po’ boys and bbq to oysters or wontons; the festival food is sure to delight even the most difficult eaters. In the park isn’t the only place to score great food either – festival attendees can also enjoy gourmet meals outside of the park (during set breaks of course!) at any one of the local eateries in Telluride or the Mountain Village.