TELLURIDE BLUES AND BREWS
Headliner B.B. King With Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Allen Toussaint and Galactic
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B. B. King
B. B. King
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TELLURIDE – The indefatigable blues legend B.B. King headlines this year’s Telluride Blues and Brews Festival (September 17-20), joined by the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Allen Toussaint, Galactic, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, JJ Grey and Mofro, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin Malcolm, Matt Schofield, Alberta Cross, the Dana Fuchs Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Gospel Morning with the Otis Taylor Band (featuring Chuck Campbell) and the Sheryl Renee Choir, Phil Wiggins and Corey Harris, Grady Champion, Terrence Simian and the Zydeco Experience, the Sugar Thieves, the Bill Magee Blues Band, Little Al Thomas and the Deep Down Fools.

The final line-up for the 17th Annual Telluride Blues and Brews Festival will be announced August 16.

King first played the Blues and Brews festival in 2004, turning in a blistering blues set. Over his six-decade career, King has released more than fifty albums, peppered with such classics as “Payin’ the Cost to Be the Boss,” “The Thrill Is Gone,” How Blue Can You Get,” “Everyday I Have the Blues” and “Why I Sing the Blues.”

Mick Fleetwood, the co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, celebrates his blues heritage with his new Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring a tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, the all-male blues band that started in 1967, with frontman Rick Vito, a veteran bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist. Joining Vito will be Lenny Castellanos on bass guitar and Mark Johnstone on the keys and backup vocals, all led by Fleetwood, providing the backbone with his unmistakable powerhouse percussion.

Allen Toussaint, one of the Big Easy’s most renowned musical talents, is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer, has been making hit records for over forty years. His massive influence on American music reaches deep into the idioms of rhythm and blues, pop, country, musical theater, blues and jazz. Some of his best-known hits include include “Fortune Teller,” recorded by both Benny Spellman and the Rolling Stones, Lee Dorsey’s “Working in the Coal Mine” (also recorded by Devo and the Judds) and the Grammy-nominated “Southern Nights,” recorded by Glen Campbell. Toussaint has also been covered by and/or performed with Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding, Johnny Winter, Ringo Starr, Paul Simon, Chet Atkins, Lenny Kravitz and Elvis Costello, among others.

Galactic is best-known as a first-class jazz act, but easily moving from jazz to funk to delta blues and every American music style in between, they’re so much more.

All this – and the festival’s signature Grand Tasting (Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010), one of the premier tasting events in the Southwest featuring more than 150 beers from over 50 microbreweries, including the Telluride Blues and Brews official beer sponsor, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Taste everything from ales to lagers, nut browns and I.P.A.’s from award-winning microbreweries from the Southwest and beyond.
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