The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival presents the 3rd Annual Durango Blues Train May 31st and June 1, 2013 on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. After selling out in record time for tickets in 2012, this exclusive musical event expanded to two days this year. This ‘moving’ experience features six live blues and Zydeco acts, while passengers travel aboard The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons of Colorado’s San Juan National Forest.
"We are very excited to return for a third year and excited to extend to two-days, giving more people a chance to ride the Blues Train,” said Steve Gumble, founder of Durango Blues Train. "Something magical happens when you combine blues with a steam fired train."
The 2013 Blues Train lineup brings award-winning music artists Peter Karp and Sue Foley, Lil' Brian & The Zydeco Travelers, Lionel Young, Kirk James, Todd & The Fox, and Low Volts on both Friday and Saturday nights. Each artist performs in their own vintage coach car, as passengers are to free to dance, move and sample all the musical acts while traveling from one vintage rail car to next. Entertainment and favorite libations are peppered with the scenery of the famous train featured in the Hollywood production, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," among others.
The Blues Train experience begins at the historic D&SNG Railroad depot where the steam engine fires up and it’s all aboard for an experience of a lifetime. Passengers aboard will experience spectacular and breathtaking canyons views of Colorado’s San Juan National Forest as the train winds onto the "Highline," a world famous section of railroad crawling along cliffs high above the Animas River, for an unforgettable musical journey.
The train boards at 6:30PM, hits the tracks at 7:00 pm, and arrives back in Durango at approximately 10:10PM. Guests can enjoy live Blues and Zydeco with a beer and wine cash bar while riding the rails. Tickets are $95 per person, plus a 6% Historic Train Preservation fee. Tickets are extremely limited and purchasers must be 21 years old to participate.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Durango Blues Train visit Durangobluestrain.com or call toll free at (877) 872-4607.
Read the 2012 article in The Denver Post!