Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off with a free concert Con Brio & Israel Nash

Sunset Blues Concert

Words by Special Contributor / Event

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Sunset Blues Concert featuring Con Brio and Israel Nash on Thursday, September 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event — a short and scenic Gondola ride away from the Town of Telluride — is free and open to the public.

Con Brio is a musical term meaning “with vigor” and this Bay area outfit doubles down on that. Known for its live shows – lively, booty-shaking, throw your hands in the air pure joy, Con Brio’s sound is infused with funk-rock psychedelic soul that is reminiscent of Sly and The Family Stone.

The country’s hippest radio stations caught on to Israel Nash’s mesmerizing sound – you can hear the Neil Young and 1970’s electric folk influences – and his latest record received solid play from Seattle’s KEXP, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philadelphia, not to mention NPR and a stint on World Café.

Both band’s sets are scheduled to highlight the scenic sunset backdrop from the lawn in the Mountain Village Sunset Plaza. The Town of Mountain Village’s Entertainment District allows a fluid social atmosphere where alcoholic beverages purchased from associated restaurants can be taken into the Common Consumption Area and enjoyed during the concert. The free event will take place rain or shine.

Supporting sponsors are the Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski Resort, Sierra Nevada Brewing, SBG Productions, and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association.

For a full schedule of events or to purchase tickets to the Blues & Brews Festival, visit Three-day, single-day, and Juke Joint (late-night) passes are currently on sale and quantities are extremely limited. To purchase tickets by phone, call toll-free at (866) 515-6166.

About Festival Transportation & Parking

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 1 a.m. Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open 30 minutes longer than the gondola all three nights.

Since the Town of Mountain Village becomes inundated with parked vehicles during the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, the town has set aside specific parking spaces for its businesses and residents. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Town Hall Plaza Parking lot. Twenty-six spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Additionally, six resident-only parking spaces are located on the top level of the Gondola Parking Garage though residents may park anywhere in the garage. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff. Free parking in the Gondola Parking Garage will begin Thursday, September 15 at noon and end Monday, September 19 at noon. Other parking options include the North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot; overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. The first hour is free and then $2 for each hour until exit, $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.