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My Trip To Telluride

There was some rain on Sunday up in Telluride but that didn’t slow down the party.

The 24th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival was this weekend. After a fun-filled day Saturday at The Colorado Mountian Winefest in Palisade, what does one do to try and top that? Go to Telluride on Sunday.

I rolled in about halfway through Robert Finley’s set. Robert is a true blues icon having been singing the stuff since age 11. What a great voice. There were plenty of clouds around and it was cool but not much rain had fallen, yet.

However, about an hour later it started to come down. The threat of lighting in the area called for the evacuation of the festival grounds. Not to worry, it’s a short walk into town so I slipped into a crowd packed corner bar to watch the game.               

The festival schedule was kicked back a couple hours behind schedule. After drying out it was back for Chicano Batman and then the band I came to see, The Magpie Salute. They’re the Black Crowes co-founder Rich Robinson’s project along with former members Marc Ford, Sven Pipien, drummer Joe Magistro and Matt Slocum on keyboards. They didn’t disappoint and didn’t mess around. Right out of the gate with “Remedy.”

Looking around at the scenery, enjoying the sounds, soaking in the vibe, and then there appeared a rainbow! (I was relieved that everyone else was seeing it too) Talk about sensory overload! I had found “Blues Heaven.” What a place and what show!. I’m sorry to report I didn’t get to stay for all of Steve Winwood. However, I did spot a black bear on the way home. That kind of made up for it.

If you have any appreciation for the blues you must make plans to attend The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in September 2018. Next year marks the 25th annual. I’m certain the line-up with be off the chart! Hope to see you there!

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