Voice of the Wetlands All-stars and Special Guests
Playing Good Music and Raising Awareness for a Good Cause

Telluride, CO -- The 13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, which will be held September 15-17th, 2006, is proud to welcome Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars and Special Guests to the Fais Do Do, a special closing performance at the Sheridan Opera House on Sunday, September 17th at 10:00pm. This all-star band brings big names such as Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Waylon Thibodeaux, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Carl Dufrene, and Darrell White to the stage for an exciting close to a big weekend. Hailing from Louisiana, these fine musicians have found a deep appreciation for the land and culture that surrounds them. They came together even before Hurricane Katrina hit, in an effort to assist the Voice of the Wetlands, a non-profit 501c (3) organization, in raising awareness of the erosion of the Gulf Coast wetlands. With the music and culture that embodies each one of these musicians inevitably linked to the land of Southern Louisiana, you can see and hear the passion for their great cause in every song.

VOW's newest album, Voice of the Wetlands, showcases the unbelievable combined talent of these Louisiana musicians. The music does all the talking for the Voice of the Wetlands organization, presenting you with the Louisiana culture, the condition of the wetlands, and the need for the land and culture to reunite.

VOW delivers the blues with a noticeably Cajun feel through powerful vocals and incomparable instrumentals that will leave a lasting impression. You will get a real taste of Louisiana through the fiddle-playing of Waylon Thibodeaux and the classic New Orleans sound through the vocals and harmonica of Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, while Tab Benoit and Anders Osborne add their blues element through vocals and guitar.

Tickets for Fais Do Do are $30.00 and are on sale now at or by calling 866-515-6166 (toll free) or locally, (970) 728-8037. Tickets are also available locally at Telluride Music at 201 E. Colorado Avenue. These tickets are very, very limited, so don't wait!

For more information on the Voice of the Wetlands, go to:

Telluride Performance One of Five Planned For Reed in 2006!
Bobby Rush, Howard Tate, Joe Louis Walker and Tinsley Ellis round out an outstanding lineup!

Telluride, CO: The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is thrilled to announce the additions of Lou Reed, Bobby Rush, Shannon Curfman, Watermelon Slim, Nick Moss & The Flip Tops, Howard Tate, Joe Louis Walker and Tinsley Ellis to this year's festival, which will be held September 15-17, 2006 in Telluride's Town Park.

Friday, September 15, will prove to be an astounding day of music with Lou Reed headlining the opening of the 13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. Perhaps one of the most enigmatic, but undeniably greatest rock visionaries of all time, Lou Reed has kept the attention of the music world for over 40 years. From his time as principal lead singer and songwriter of the legendary group Velvet Underground to his recordings as a solo artist, Reed has released a string of immortal classics, including "Sweet Jane," "Walk on the Wild Side," "Heroin," "Sister Ray," "Rock & Roll," "Venus in Furs" and "Lisa Says." Always charismatic, expect a mind-blowing performance from this renowned music icon. And don't forget, his performance in Telluride is one of only five dates Reed has currently planned for the U.S. in 2006!

In addition to Reed, Friday's line-up includes new additions Shannon Curfman and Bobby Rush on the main stage. Shannon Curfman, one of the youngest blues artists on the scene, is taking some time off from college to join this year's Blues & Brews. In 1999, at the age of 14, Curfman released the critically acclaimed disc, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, which landed her at #3 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums charts and at #39 on the Heatseekers charts. Bobby Rush, a 50-year veteran of the stage, continues to be one of the most exciting and creative artists in the R&B/blues arena. Rush's live shows are without parallel, complete with costume changes and comedic sketches. Rush, once named the "King of The Chitlin Circuit," has performed with some of the greatest blues artists of all time, such as Freddie King, Earl Hooker, Luther Allison and Elmore James.

Howard Tate and Watermelon Slim have been added to main stage on Saturday, September 16. Howard Tate's songs have been covered by the who's who in music, including Jimi Hendrix and Hugh Masekela who covered "Stop," Ry Cooder remade and Brand Nubian rappers sampled "Look at Granny Run Run," B.B. King recorded "Ain't Nobody Home" and Janis Joplin did "Get It While You Can," which became one of her signature songs. With all of these fantastic songs in his repertoire, Howard Tate is a must see! Watermelon Slim, a critic favorite, is the only known Vietnam War soldier to have recorded a protest record, entitled Merry Airbrakes, while on active duty. He taught himself guitar while laid up in a Vietnam hospital, learning on a $5 balsawood model and using an Army issued Zippo lighter as a slide. A heart attack a few years ago forced him to face his dreams to be a full time blues musician. Since then, Slim has recorded three records in four years and won a 2005 Blues Music Award and a W.C. Handy Nomination for Best New Artist Debut for the disc, Up Close & Personal.

Sunday, September 17 brings Joe Louis Walker and Tinsley Ellis to the Blues & Brews stage. Joe Louis Walker, undoubtedly one of the most exciting and innovative artists gracing contemporary blues, has released 18 critically acclaimed records in the last 20 years, two of which hit the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart, establishing him as one of the leading younger guitarists in blues music. Tinsley Ellis, a hard rocking, high-voltage blues guitarist, most often compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan, has also had his share of records on the Billboard charts. Ellis hit the Top Blues Records charts with Hell or High Water in 2002, Hard Way in 2004 and in 2005, went to #5 with Live-Highwayman.

With Lou Reed, John Mayer and Bruce Hornsby, the 13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, this is the one you can’t miss!

13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Line-up!

Friday, September 15: Lou Reed, Bobby Rush, Hothouse Flowers, James Blood Ulmer, Jimbo Mathus and Lightnin' Malcolm with Knockdown South and Shannon Curfman
Juke Joints: Jimbo Mathus and Lightnin' Malcolm with Knockdown South, James Blood Ulmer, Watermelon Slim, Nick Moss and The Flip Tops and Hothouse Flowers

Saturday, September 16: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Howard Tate, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tab Benoit, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Watermelon Slim and Joey Gilmore
Juke Joints/Late Night Jam: Joey Gilmore, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tab Benoit and Watermelon Slim/Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove

Sunday, September 17: John Mayer, Joe Louis Walker, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Tinsley Ellis, Eric Bibb and The Lee Boys
Fais Do Do (Sheridan Opera House): Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars with special guests.

Tickets for the 13th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are available now! Friday and Sunday passes can be purchased for $50 each night; Saturday passes for $55 and three-day passes for $140. Ticket prices do not include a $2.50 per day Town of Telluride fee. Four-day camping passes are still available for $40 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 866-515-6166 or locally at Telluride Music Company (201 East Colorado Avenue, 970-728-9592).

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is held at the famous Telluride Town Park, an outdoor music venue, nestled in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 8,750 feet. In addition to the amazing scenery and music, this family-friendly festival offers so much more. From late night shows at the local Juke Joints; after hours jams; the Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp and Competition, sponsored by Acoustic Guitar magazine; The Rainbow Kids area; Acoustic Artist Series; Blues for Breakfast and the Grand Tasting, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival has something for everyone.

[Published on: 8/18/06]

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Death Cube K starstarstar Tue 8/8/2006 12:08PM
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Death Cube K

I'm doing a story on Austrailia during that time period. But if it were any other weekend, i'd like to make it out.

garbaz Wed 8/9/2006 08:18AM
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I have done visual screens at Telluride for the last 5 years or so and the people and the vibe is soooooo incredible it is hard to describe.

Among the best festivals that I work at every year are All-Good, 10,000 Lakes, Wakarusa, the Jam Cruise .... but nothing tops the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.

Besides being the most beautiful place in the country, they have a bazillion dank micro brewers on site ... they give you an 8 ounce glass and the party begins.

Lou Reed in Telluride? Are you kidding? Gumby can book 'em that's fer sure.

Hope to see ya'll there say hi to the visual guy.

RoscoGirl Sun 8/13/2006 08:17PM
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I'm with Garbaz.....
I shoot this festival every year, and this is always my fav as well! Nothing like the vibe of Telluride!
"Shang ri la" fo sho!

See ya there visual guy!

melonz starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/18/2006 06:11PM
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Be sure to check out Renee Saffier doing the tweener sets on the mainstage this year :)

sushirob starstarstar Fri 9/29/2006 09:07AM
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I think props need to go to Garbaz for doing such a bang up job at every festival he worked. Stoked to do it again next summer!