Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
As September 14-16 inches just a bit closer, the 25th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival reveals its 2018 artist lineup. The festival returns with a dynamic, well-rounded mix of live blues, funk, indie, rock, jam band, gospel and soul performances featuring Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Gov’t Mule, Booker T’s Stax Revue, JJ Grey & Mofro, Anders Osborne and many more.
“This year is extra special because it is my 25th year producing Blues & Brews. It is hard to imagine that this all started when I was just 28 years old. 25 years and stronger than ever” said Steve Gumble, Festival Director. “This is one of the more exciting lineups for Blues & Brews. Two words: Robert Plant. To have a legend like Plant on our stage is well… Just pinch me! Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper could not be a better fit for us and Gov’t Mule has been a part of the festival since the very early years. I am especially looking forward to the many traditional blues artists from the Music Maker Relief Foundation roster. All of these artists combine to form a really well-rounded, powerful and inspiring music festival. 56 craft breweries is just icing on the cake!”
Artists will perform on three stages under towering 13,000 foot Rocky Mountain peaks as the fall foliage season begins to brighten the landscape. To complement the music, the festival proudly boasts a wide variety of local and regional food and craft vendors, children’s activities and cozy late night club shows (Juke Joints). In addition, attendees can enjoy an assortment of special events throughout the festival weekend including the “Blisters & Brews” 5k fundraiser race, free Yoga Sessions taught by instructors of the Telluride Yoga Festival, the Telluride Blues Challenge, Campground Sessions and the Sunset Blues Concert.
Honoring its craft beer roots, the festival uncorks an equally impressive and diverse collection of 56 craft breweries boasting 170 styles of craft beer and cider at the festival’s Grand Tasting. Highly regarded as one of the premier beer tasting events in the Southwest, the Grand Tasting takes place inside the festival grounds on Saturday, September 15 from Noon to 3pm. Official festival beer sponsor Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will also be on hand with a bevy of favorites including classics and rare creations such as the “Back Porch Lager” (only available at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival).
The stand-up comedy lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. The festival schedules for the Main Stage, Blues Stage, Campground Stage and late night Juke Joints will be released in the early months of summer.