Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Features Bonnie Raitt, The Roots, The Revivalists, The Robert Cray Band, More

The 29th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will return to its idyllic mountain locale this fall with a dynamic mix of artists drawn from the worlds of blues, funk, jam, soul, gospel, rock, hip hop, and indie rock. Headed by legendary talents Bonnie Raitt and The Roots, the three-day event is set to take place September 15-17 at Telluride Town Park in picturesque Telluride, CO. The Revivalists, The Word (Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Robert Randolph, John Medeski, and Rayfield “Ray Ray” Holloman), The Robert Cray Band, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram also top the diverse bill.

Bonnie Raitt Press Photo

Joining them will be The Teskey Brothers, The Record Company, Anders Osborne, Buffalo Nichols, Adia Victoria, The Heavy Heavy, Jackie Venson, GA-20, Ally Venable Band, Thornetta Davis, The Rumble featuring Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr., Lady A, Lightnin’ Malcolm and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Kirk Fletcher, Mathias Lattin, Dedicated Men of Zion, Lil’ Jimmy Reed, Gail Ceasar, Rip Lee Pryor, Music Maker Revue Band (Ardie Dean, Fred Thomas and Albert White), Joe Waters, Ben Rice Band, D&G Railroad, and Scramble Campbell.


THE ROOTS. THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Season: 5 — Pictured: (l-r) James Poyser, Kirk “Captain Kirk” Douglas, Frank “Knuckles” Walker, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson, James “Kamal” Gray, Mark Kelley — (Photo by: Mark Seliger/NBC)

“The 2023 artist lineup ranks as one of the best in our 29-year legacy,” said festival founder Steve Gumble in a press release. “Not only is Bonnie Raitt a legendary artist but is on fire right now after a massive ‘Song of the Year’ win at the Grammy Awards, and we are thrilled to welcome her back to our stage. Undoubtedly, some of the best showmen of the modern era, we’re really looking forward to the Telluride debut of The Roots. Artists like The Revivalists, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, and The Teskey Brothers will be a top-notch showcase of the future of the blues, while mainstays like The Robert Cray Band and Anders Osborne will deliver the familiar sound our loyal attendees love. I can’t forget to mention how highly anticipated The Word’s performance is for us. The blues super band is made of a few of our favorite artists, including Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson and Robert Randolph.”


Town of Telluride, Telluride Blues & Brew Festival

With the awe-inspiring San Juan Mountain Range as a backdrop, music will unfold across three stages. Fans can also take in stand-up comedy performances, the Telluride Blues Challenge, Campground Session performances, and intimate late night shows. What’s more, the Music Maker Drink House at the Blues Stage will give attendees a glimpse into authentic blues culture. Curated by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit supporting struggling blues, soul and gospel musicians, the site features an original art and photo exhibition, listening stations with original vinyl records and meet and greets with the Music Maker artists.


The Music Maker Drink House. Photo Courtesy Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

The festival also boasts a wide variety of local food and craft vendors and, of course, brews. Twenty-three breweries will be on hand for a Brewers Showcase featuring five tasting sessions, an exhibition of Colorado beer presented by the Colorado Brewers Guild, a multi-course beer-pairing dinner, and more. Attendees can also take advantage of an assortment of special events throughout the festival weekend, including free yoga sessions, group hikes, group mountain bike rides, and a 5K race fundraiser benefiting the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.


In keeping with its long-standing commitment supporting local and national philanthropic causes, The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, along with its non-profit arm the Telluride Blues Society, will host a charity dinner and live music performance on Thursday, September 14. The evening will feature a special live performance by select festival artists with proceeds benefiting Music Maker Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the music of the South and the musicians who make it. Attendees will be treated to an exquisite, seasonal dinner menu prepared by Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” competitor and owner of Telluride’s own 221 South Oak restaurant, Eliza Gavin. To sign up, visit the festival’s official website.



Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival website. Click on the links below for more information. 


Telluride Blues & Brews Festival








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