T-RIDE BLUES & BREWS

It's Time for the Best of Blues & Microbrews!
Tickets for the 13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Go On Sale Wednesday, March 1


Bird's eye view of the the festival. Photo by Pilar Law
Telluride, CO -- The country's most intimate and captivating festival is back! The 13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, which will be held September 15-17, is returning with another year of sensational music and incredible microbrews in one of the most scenic areas of the Rocky Mountains.

VIP 3-Day Passes, Early Bird 3-Day Passes and Juke Joint tickets for the 13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will go on sale Wednesday, March 1st. Online ticket sales will begin at 9:00 a.m. (MST) at www.tellurideblues.com and phone sales begin at 10:00 a.m. (MST), toll-free at (866) 515-6166. Tickets are also available locally at Telluride Music Company, located at 201 East Colorado Ave.** Last year, Telluride Blues & Brews was a complete sell out, so don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this year's festival by purchasing tickets on March 1.

The limited Early Bird 3-Day Pass is available for $110.00 and the highly desired, but very limited, VIP 3-Day Pass is $295. Act quickly as both the Early Bird and VIP tickets sell out in a matter of hours! Single-Day festival tickets will go on sale June 1st.

A 3-Day VIP Pass includes the weekend pass plus entry to a VIP party on Friday; preferred festival seating; a private tasting in the VIP area, concurrent with the Grand Tasting; entry into the Friday and Saturday evening Juke Joints and a strawberry and champagne reception on Sunday morning. A 3-Day Pass includes entry to the festival grounds for all three days; a souvenir tasting glass and entry to the Grand Tasting with 50 microbreweries on Saturday.

Juke Joint tickets provide guaranteed entry into one of the five Friday and Saturday late night venues. Juke Joint tickets will also go on sale on March 1st and are sold per night at $25 each.

Reserved camping is available adjacent to the festival grounds for $40 a person. Camping is limited and passes are sold per person, not per site. With reserved camping, you get four-nights of camping in Telluride's Town Park Campground starting Thursday, September 15th. Reserved camping passes go on sale on March 1.

Registration for the Sixth Annual Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp also begins March 1st. The four-day camp offers students a chance to study and play with premier acoustic blues artists. Classes will be offered in finger-style blues, slide guitar, blues harmonica and blues vocals. The cost of the 4-Day Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp is $325.

The 13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will host more than 20 national touring bands, 50 microbreweries, children's activities and an expected sell-out crowd of 8,000 "festivarians" from across the country. The three-day celebration of live music and microbrews takes place in the natural beauty and wilderness that is the Rocky Mountain landscape. At an elevation of 8,750 feet, this mountain hamlet is home to the famous Telluride Town Park, an outdoor music venue with towering mountain peaks for a backdrop and a pristine mountain valley for a dance floor, lending itself to being one of the most scenic music festivals in the country.

The 2006 line-up will be released late spring/early summer. With a diverse array of past performers such as The Black Crowes, Al Green, B.B. King, Joe Cocker, James Brown, The Allman Brothers Band, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray, Gov't Mule, North Mississippi Allstars and Karl Denson, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival combines blues legends and other world class blues acts with an eclectic mix of rock & roll, southern rock, funk and gospel.

The Grand Tasting with 50 microbreweries will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2006, from Noon-3 p.m. The tasting is held on festival grounds, so you can enjoy the live music while tasting over 100 flavors of beer from the best microbreweries in the country. While the main stage in Telluride Town Park is the heart of the festival, the atmosphere is spread throughout the town with late night shows in local Juke Joints; an after hours Jam; the Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp and Competition, sponsored by Acoustic Guitar magazine; Acoustic Artist Series and Blues for Breakfast.

** Telluride Music Company only takes cash or local checks and ticket purchases are walk-in only; there are no phone or online ticket sales available.

For more information on the 13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival go to www.tellurideblues.com or call toll-free 866-515-6166.

[Published on: 2/16/06]

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