Get Your Groove On At The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
in the Park House in Denver in Early August, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
welcomed Blues legend Otis Taylor as the headliner. Taylor offered up his
signature "Trance Blues" roadhouse style, just inches from fans lucky enough
to get tickets to this exclusive party.
Taylor lived in Denver as a teenager, not far from where Park House stands today, and frequently rode a unicycle to Manual High School while playing his banjo through the Five Points neighborhood. Life ain't easy the Blues tell us, but it doesn't mean we gotta be all glum about it. Taylor sings songs and tells the truth, acknowledging the social issue weighing us down while simultaneously lifting us up. Now if that ain't the true purpose of the Blues, what is?
While Taylor stepped away from performing and recording Blues music in 1977 to pursue other interests, he made a grand return in 1995 that has led him to critical acclaim over and over. 13 albums and a few laps around the globe later, Taylor played at the 20th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.
For musicians and natives of Denver, it is an honor to be celebrating the anniversary of Blues & Brews with Taylor in a place so close to his roots, and there is not a musician more representative of the Blues born in Colorado.
Opening for Otis Taylor was Delta bred Robby Peoples who is one of the most distinct, powerful, and bluesy voices on the Denver music scene today. He too speaks of harsh truths in his lyrics and has an authenticity that is staggering for a man his age. Charismatic and charming, Peoples energetically growls tunes about late nights, whiskey bottles and bad decisions...a perfect primer for the Park House party.
Among the headlining artisits who joined the celebration at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are The Black Crowes, Jim James, and Melissa Etheridge. Also performing are Gary Clark Jr., John Hiatt, Mickey Hart Band, Anders Osborne, Otis Taylor Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Allen Stone, ZZ Ward, The New Mastersounds, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Relatives, Selwyn Birchwood Band with more to be announced. These are just a few of the fantasic musicians who have joined the annual The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. For music fans, it's one event not to miss!
By Melody Schubert
To join the festivities and welcome back the legendary Otis Taylor to Park House, located at 1515 Madison St in Denver, CO visit www.tellurideblues.com/.