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2010 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Recap

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Turn off your TV, read a book, and listen to music.

Telluride Blues and Brews festivals for me has always been more about the brews, the people, and the setting, rather than the blues.

There are always standouts, however, and soul singer Dana Fuchs was the standout of the weekend for me. Fuchs demanded audience engagement, got it, then proceeded to blow people away by a performance that was incredibly moving.  

New Orleans was well-represented and injected joy into the weekend as well: Allen Toussaint was awesome. It's really good to see the the New Orleans spirit alive and well in a place as remote as Telluride. It's a testament to the music and spirit of that place, one that no hurricane or oil spill can ever destroy.

One low point of the festival was George Thorogood and The Destroyers. Thorogood is beyond a has-been and his performance was completely uninspired. The audience seemed bored as well. I'd like to see the festival take more of a risk and insert an up-and-comer into this slot. 

Now to the Brews. The sparkling, spectacular day of the Grand Tasting was perfect to try the bevy of breweries on hand. With our pretzel necklaces hanging around our necks, we tried local brews and nearby states' concoctions. It's amazing to me how the friendliness and mood of people improves as the suds start flowing. I met tons of new friends as the hours and drinking went by. I met people from all around the country who were there for the festival. We talked about music and shared our opinions about the state of the industry. 

This was probably one of the most rewarding part of the weekend for me. Sharing in the spirit and belief of music, one professor from Connecticut told me that he advises his students to, 'Turn off your TV, read a book (any book), and listen to music.' 

I couldn’t agree more.  

 

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