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Blues & Brews: Day 2

Saturday • September 15, 2012

IPA, Red Ale, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Wheat, Stout, Porter... Take your pick or have one of each! It was another beautiful day at Town Park yesterday, full of great beer and awesome shows. The beer tasting was a fantastic success; breweries from all over the state showed up to show off their best brews. I met some Pagosa Brewing Company devotees who swore by the brewery's Stout (it was very good!), and Telluride Brewing Company's line was the longest; I was stoked to see so many locals supporting their local brews. After a couple hours of handing out thousands of free flair in the form of stickers and buttons, I sat myself down in the grass and enjoyed a cold Sierra Nevada.  

Day 2 of music started out with MarchFourth Marching Band leading a parade down Main Street. I was amazed at the energy of these performers: they started the weekend with a free concert in Mountain Village on Thursday night, a show Friday night, a parade on Saturday morning, and finally their main stage performance on Saturday afternoon. These guys were as much fun to watch as to listen to and I enjoyed every minute of their performances.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue -- Who didn't love these guys? Their combination of classic James Brown favorites, modern funk, and a little contemporary R&B had the crowd absolutely bumpin'. Their sound reminded me a lot of the collaboration album, Wake Up!, by John Legend and the Roots with a few extra brass instruments. I was blown away by each of the musicians' talent and kept trying to get closer to the front of the crowd so I could watch the intricacies of their playing. And then they all switched instruments. Wow. The performance was energetic, sexy, fun, and their musical prowess undeniably shone the brightest. Definitely my favorite act of the day.

"If you're not going anywhere, neither are we." Warren Haynes, lead guitarist and vocalist of Gov't Mule, was loving the crowd as much as they were loving Gov't Mule. So they played. And played. Long after their set was scheduled to be over. Now that is an artist that loves their craft. These guys put on the amazing show that was promised, and the crowd loved it. I stood front and center for most of the show and it felt like they were playing just for me. I know that the rest of the crowd felt the same way from the way they were organically moving with the music.