Another beautiful Blues & Brews has come and gone, but what a weekend it was! Day three left nothing to be desired. TheLee Boys and Kelley Hunt kicked off the day in fine fashion with back to back soulful performances. And though many of this year’s performances were laden with rock influences, Phil Wiggins and Rev. John Wilkins brought the jazzy blues of the South to Telluride Town Park. The pair looked relaxed on stage as they demonstrated exciting tone and technique and Rev. Wilkins spoke to the crowd as he paid homage to his father’s talent as a celebrated blues and gospel singer.
Tab Benoit provided an engaging and original performance and I was able to lie back on the grass and enjoy listening to these swampy blues. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood was one of my favorites of the day with their updated 70's look and sound. This performance was by no means short on talent.
And last but not least...It’s hard to believe that Phil Lesh is seventy-two years old when hearing the complexities of his work on the electric bass. Lesh didn’t miss a beat last night, reminding everyone in the crowd of his legendary prowess and innovation that has continued to pull music into new ages. With the addition of Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals, the group showed off their instrumental talents with a harder, faster rock tone that made audience “Dead-heads” go wild. One of the most brilliant aspects of this performance was its ability to speak to an intergenerational audience. As I stood listening to Lesh jam, I found myself surrounded by a thirty-something couple, a mother and daughter, a college student, and a sixty-year-old gentleman who had been to Blues & Brews every year for the past thirteen years. Needless to say, every member of the crowd was on their feet for this both classic and exploratory performance.
There's no denying that Telluride's 19th Annual Blues & Brews festival was a success! The headliners delivered and those less well known blew us away. I am still riding high on the excitement of these brilliant performances, tasty beers, and great company. Thanks for a fantastic weekend festivarians. Hope to see you all again at next year's festival!