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Published: 2012/09/19

Phil Lesh & Friends, Anders, Gov’t Mule and More Highlight Telluride Blues & Brews

Photos by Dino Perrucci

The 19th annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival returned to Telluride’s Town Park this past weekend for three days of music and beer. The scenic mountain venue was complimented by a weekend of fantastic weather, which kept the crowd happy as the beer flowed and the bands played.

Friday featured a well attended performance by Robert Randolph and his Family Band, who ended their show with an electrifying instrumental cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”. Randolph was followed by veteran jamband Little Feat, and the B52’s brought the night to a close with hits like “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster”.

Saturday kicked off with the annual Grand Tasting, in which festivalgoers were treated to beers from over 50 microbreweries from across the country. The late afternoon saw back to back sets of Anders Osborne and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue bringing the bayou rock and bayou funk, respectively. Gov’t Mule kicked off the last show of the night with a crowd pleasing reggae rendition of Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker”. The set also featured covers of Bob Marley’s “Lively Up Yourself”, Traffic’s “Empty Pages” and The Doors’ “When The Music’s Over”.

Phil Lesh and Friends closed out the festival on Sunday night with a line up that included Warren Haynes, Grahame Lesh, Brian Lesh, Tony Leone, Jeff Chimenti and, of course, Phil Lesh. The show featured a cover of The Beatle’s “She Said” as well as plenty of favorites from the Dead canon. See below for the entire Phil Lesh and Friends setlist.

While Phil’s show may have marked the end of the festival, it did not mark the end of the festivities. Anders Osborne was joined by Tab Benoit and Roosevelt Collier of the Lee Boys for a post-festival Fais Do Do at The Historic Sheridan Opera House in Telluride on Sunday night.

Here’s a look at Phil Lesh and Friends’ setlist

Sunday, September 16, Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Telluride, CO

Set I:
Alabama Getaway
Cumberland Blues
Ramble on Rose
She Said
Mason’s Children
Casey Jones

Set II:
New Speedway Boogie>
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys>
The Wheel>
Fire on the Mountain
Stella Blue
Uncle John’s Band

Going Down the Road Feeling Bad


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Blooby September 19, 2012, 06:53:19

This depressed me. I need a festival in my future.

great September 19, 2012, 11:01:56

This is one great festival. Looks much bigger this year then when i went a few years ago. Great crowd and atmosphere. Everyone is drunk by 3pm and happy as can be.

Jake September 19, 2012, 12:06:24

The most beautiful location in the USA. Telluride was pristine clear and the people were very laid back and friendly. Can’t wait to go back!!

40acres September 19, 2012, 12:40:10

Top Notch Phil and Friends performance – God Bless Phil! and Saturday Mule was rockin’ – 30 days in the Hole. Best Beer in my book goes to Marble Brewing out of New Mexico with the Imperial Red Ale 9.0%

Season's End September 19, 2012, 14:32:29

Telluride put the bookend on the summer shows for me this year…what a way to close it out!!! Awesome weather, beer and music…don’t leave CRB and Monophonics out of the conversation they both destroyed the stage despite shorter sets. I’ll keep my “bring your kids to work” comments to myself…this showing doesn’t deserve my negativity…

Toke September 20, 2012, 04:29:18

Tab Benoit was the highlight of this years “BLUES” festival.

timmy September 30, 2012, 12:02:14

What a sick venue and lineup. Wish I had been there.

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