Years ago – September 1993, to be exact – Telluride hosted its first Telluride Brewers Festival. I remember the beer vendors' tents set up on Colorado Avenue, and the long lines of locals waiting for a free taste of the exotic brews. Stiff Patterson was there with his Moab manufactured Telluride Beer and Honga was selling her soon-to-be-famous eggrolls from a food cart. Everyone was delighted, and the event went off like the 4th of July.
Today, we celebrate the 17th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and it's become one of the most widely anticipated and favorite festivals of the year. The 2010 kick off takes place at 5:00 p.m.on Thursday, Sept. 16th with a free show at the Mountain Village Sunset Plaza, featuring British blues guitarist Matt Schofield and his Gold Kings Band. Later that evening, Ronnie Baker Brooks – another stellar blues guitarist, and son of Chicago blues great Lonnie Brooks – will be appearing at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon. Showtime is 9:00 p.m. and cover is $20. The town is queuing up for a great weekend of R&B and B&B – enjoy!
(editor's note: Cynthia had this story ready to publish on Wednesday, but our queue was full)