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Telluride Blues Day 1 Recap

Friday • September 13, 2013

A little extra blues for earlybird participants this week. The 20th Annual Telluride Blues and Brews kicked off the festival weekend with a free Sunset Blues Concert on Wednesday night and a free Celebration Show on Thursday night, both did not disappoint. We've packaged both awesome nights into "Day 1,"

... and it BEGINS!

Denver's (by way of Virginia), The Congress, rocked out the free Sunset Blues Concert on Wednesday night in Mountain Village. This 4-piece band was one of our favorite "tweeners" at the 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival this summer solstice. Rocking guitar solos + amazing falsetto pipes from lead man Jonathan Meadows + Curtis Mayfield, Van Morrison and a handful of rockin' original tunes = one hellova a performance. Check them out on Spotify. 

The Bright Light Social Hour was one of four bands to participate in Telluride Blues and Brews' Celebration Show on Thursday night, kicking off a much anticipated 20th anniversary weekend. These guys absolutely brought the house down. Reigning from Austin, Texas, these rock stars sounded like a mix of Ghostland Observatory + Zeppelin, bringing a much needed 70's revivalist to Town Park. Encore performances today in Town Park at 1:20-2:30pm and tonight at the Elks Lodge at 10pm. Check them out on Spotify... and see them live!

We finished the night off with an amazing performance from Memphis' Booker T. Jones. I've listened to his music forever but this was my first time seeing him live. He broke out his famous "Green Onions" that he actually wrote as a senior in high school. Badass. Then they broke out in Sam and Dave's "Hold on, I'm a Comin" and Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay." Extremely badass. I was blown away by the performance... so much that we're heading to the Telluride Conference Center tonight for his Juke Joint performance at 10pm. Highly recommended live show! 

This anniversary weekend is already off to an unbelievable start. Now off to the water cooler to hydrate before it kicks back up today with Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr., The Black Crowes and many, many more! CHEERS!