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Blues & Brews: Day 1

Friday • September 14, 2012

What a day at Blues and Brews yesterday! Perfect weather, delicious Sierra Nevada beer, bumpin' tunes... What more could a festival-goer have asked for? My day started out with Little Hurricane, and they killed it. The duo produces an unbelievable amount of sound and it is so clear that they love every minute of their time on stage. I love chicks that rock and this girl, Celeste "C.C." Spina, really rocks.

Speaking of chicks that rock, Heartless Bastards' lead singer Erika Wennerstrom has some pipes. I mean, that girl can sing. Their sound is reminiscent of the Black Keys, especially with the emphasis on heavy bass drumming, but their combination of upbeat and down tempo sounds is truly unique. These guys have an awesome stage presence and were so much fun to watch!

My favorite of the day, without question, was Robert Randolph & the Family Band. This is truly a musician's band. Their talent as musicians is unmistakable, and their natural and energetic stage presence captured the audience. These guys had the audience on their feet, clapping their hands, and shaking their things. I couldn't even get close enough to the stage to get a picture! I couldn't help but smile during the entire show. Robert Randolph & the Family Band is my next iTunes download.
I rode home on the Gondola last night with a couple who had been to Little Feat shows in the '70s and they said that these guys rocked it out as much as they did back then. I was not alive in the '70s, but I did enjoy the jam band feel.Little Feat was the perfect sunset sound and matched the audience's need to take a littler breather before the main event, the B-52s. 
 
There were beehive wigs with Christmas lights, women (and men!) in sequins, cat glasses, and platform shoes running around Town Park yesterday -- All in preparation for the B-52s. And these guys really put on a fun show. Their whole set led up to "Love Shack" and the encore, "Rock Lobster", where they transported us to 'Telluride Beach' and let loose hundreds of shiny lobster balloons into the crowd. I will always have respect for a man who can rock a neon orange blazer.
 
Today should be another awesome day! I rode down on the Gondola this morning from Mountain Village with a couple members of the MarchFourth Marching Band who are stoked to be playing their third full set today in Town Park after their musical jaunt down Main Street this morning. So dance along with the super fun MarchFourth Marching Band at 2:40 pm, and have a fun, safe afternoon!