The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will make an early stop Saturday in Durango aboard the rails of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
The inaugural Blues on the Rails train ride will put two full bands and five solo artists on board 10 rail cars for a three-hour musical tour through the San Juan Mountains.
This concept has been in the works for several years, and we are excited to finally bring it to life, said Steve Gumble, founder of Tellurides Blues & Brews Festival. The 18th annual festival will be held in September in Tellurides Town Park.
Blues acts on the special train include the Otis Taylor Band, Erik Boa and the Constrictors, John Alex-Mason, Bruce Hayes, Robby Overfield, Skip Daddy-Dave Anderson and Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen. Each artist will perform in his or their own vintage coach car where riders are to free to dance and sample all the musical acts while traveling from one car to next. Libations will be available at a cash bar, and riders must be 21 years or older.
Blues & Brews organizers also announced the addition of Robert Cray to the festival lineup in September. Cray, a five-time Grammy winner, is a member of the 2011 Blues Hall of Fame class. His set will precede Willie Nelsons closing set Sept. 18.
Others on the Blues & Brews lineup include headliners The Flaming Lips and Big Head Todd and the Monsters as well as Zappa Plays Zappa, moe., Marcia Ball, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band, Mavis Staples, Anders Osborne and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, with more acts to be announced.