By Kyle & Olivia Brady | Founders of Drivin' & Vibin' | We use affiliate links and may receive a small commission on purchases.
Our first visit to Telluride did not disappoint. It was full of blues, brews, and festival food! We we’re lucky enough to score a campsite right behind the main stage and media access inside the fest. Heres how our weekend played out…
A HUGE thanks to Mountain Standard for hooking us up with the perfect Colorado festival gear!
We arrived Thursday Morning to get set up at camp. All the camping was pretty full, but we were able to squeeze into a spot. Everyone packed in like sardines and we got set up for the busy weekend ahead! The music didn’t start until the next day, so we took the rest of the day to walk around Telluride and explore the shops. It really is a beautiful little town tucked into the mountains and the most amazing venue for a music festival.
After we explored a bit, it was time to head back to camp and get ready for the media welcome party at the Sheridan Opera House. When we arrived, there was sushi, draft beer and a private concert by one of our new favorites, AJ Fullerton. It was a fun way to kick off the weekend and we really enjoyed the easy going atmosphere.
Friday morning we started our day off with John Németh pumping up the crowd, in his tie dye coveralls. Then, we hurried over to the Blues Stage to catch Steve Itterly on the dobro and Taylor Replane doing the laundry.
We made our way back and forth between stages for the next 2 hours, trying to catch all the shows and then settled down to watch Jack Broadbent play a mean slide guitar with his whiskey flask and entertain us with his between song commentary.
We finally headed back over to the main stage where we would be set up for the rest of the night. Anders Osborne started the night out with a super energetic performance and Benjamin Booker slowed us down again with his rich, soulful voice. Last, but not least the beautiful Bonnie Raitt serenaded us with all of our favorite songs and gave us a surprise encore performance with Keb Mo! Talk about a huge check on our bucket list!
Saturday’s music began with the talented young guitarist, Hamish Anderson. We got to catch up with him later on and chat about his tour. He even gave us some great travel tips about some cool places to visit in Australia.
The rest of the day was super busy, but some of the highlights were 22 year old AJ Fullerton blowing us away again with a full band at the Blues Stage, Samantha Fish rocking out with her cigar box guitar and killer vocals, and Taj Mahal and Keb Mo wrapping up the night in big beautiful bow. What a way to end the day!
By Sunday morning we were feeling pretty exhausted, but it didn’t take long for The Blind Boys of Alabama to pick us up again! Next, we enjoyed Mitch Woods playing the keys and singing the blues, in his dapper blue suit and fedora.
By this time the rain was rolling in and lighting caused a delay in the performances, but the show went on at a lightly later schedule. Once the music got rolling again, we watched The Magpie Salute, Drive by Truckers and to wrap up the festival, Steve Windwood!
It was so great to be immersed in the festival and its truly an experience we will never forget. We enjoyed meeting the musicians and working with so many wonderful people who make this festival possible. There couldn’t be a more perfect setting for people to come together. Especially when the evening sun, lights up the mountains and the stage is alive with soul and passion. Nothing quite compares to the energy that spreads across a crowd when the music touches each and every soul and lifts it up in perfect harmony.
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