Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival has released its complete artist lineup for the festival’s 21st annual return to Telluride, Colorado’s Town Park on September 12-14, 2014. Adding to the previously announced headliners George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and the Violent Femmes, Blues & Brews is proud to announce Peter Frampton as its third headliner. Other new additions to the festival lineup include The Meter Men, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, The Slide Brothers, Zach Deputy, Roosevelt Collier & The Bayou Gypsys, Bombino, Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers, MoHead, Patrick Sweany, The Record Company, Markus James, and Chris Dracup. These fabulous bands complement the already exciting lineup announcement featuring Lee Fields & the Expressions, Shakey Graves, Dumpstaphunk, and Kipori Woods as well as returning festival favorites Anders Osborne, the Robert Cray Band, The Lee Boys, Black Joe Lewis, and Ryan McGarvey.

For the first time ever, 2014’s Blues & Brews Lineup will feature comedian sets and artists Q&A on a state of the art second stage located in the Hanley Pavilion. Expect appearances from the endlessly funny Troy Walker, Elliot Woolsey, and Ben Roy, in addition to a Q&A with Amy Helm. Colorado-based artist Keith ‘Scramble’ Campbell will also return to Town Park with his beautiful performance painting.

“We are excited to announce a bigger lineup than in previous years, with the addition of comedians and Q&A sessions during the festival weekend,” said Steve Gumble, Festival Director. “With newly added features including a second stage, campground sessions, glamping, and a diverse mix of music and entertainment – the 2014 festival is one not to miss!”

In his first-ever Telluride appearance, Sunday headliner Peter Frampton will undoubtedly impress the Blues & Brews Crowd. At age 26 Frampton became an international heartthrob after the release of his platinum album Frampton Comes Alive! In addition to collaborating and touring with Ringo Starr, David Bowie, and George Harrison, last year’s traveling Frampton Guitar Circus featured guest stars such as Steve Cropper and B.B. King. Peter Frampton is a guitarist’s guitarist and one thing is for sure – he will blow you away.

The Violent Femmes, one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the 1980s, offers a style of music that is at once obvious and obtuse, incredibly danceable and lyrically layered with innuendo and humor. Their first self-titled album sold millions of copies, reaching platinum status only eight years after its release. The Femmes' only Colorado performance in 2014 and unprecedented Telluride appearance is going to be unbelievable!

Booty-rockin', soul-funk tricksters, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic will be bringing their glittery mayhem to Telluride. Known for memorable live performances and uniquely energized music, George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic has created a genre of its own known as P-Funk. Get ready to break out your funkiest costume and get your freak on for this headliner!

Staying true to its blues roots, Telluride Blues and Brews is excited to welcome Grammy-winning legend Buddy Guy, house-rocking blues-guitar master Robert Cray, and prodigious and progressive blues-rock-soul guitarist Black Joe Lewis. New Mexico’s hottest blues guitarist, Ryan McGarvey, will make his second appearance at the festival on the new second stage alongside debut performances by blues artists Amy Helm, Bombino, The Record Company, Mohead, Markus James, Kipori Woods, Chris Dracup, and the Slide Brothers.

There will be an abundance of funk and soul at 2014’s Blues & Brews. Lee Fields & The Expressions will be an energetic addition, with a catalogue ranging from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will bring the feel of funk and soul music from the 1960s and 1970s, while Dumpstaphunk, featuring Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals, will offer an unforgettable live experience steeped in the Big Easy tradition of a good time. Featuring drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter Jr., and Galactic’s Rich Vogel on keys, the Meter Men will show the crowd the true meaning of funk.

Completing the delightful 2014 lineup, fans can look forward to the sacred steel gospel funk of The Lee Boys, with their frontman pulling double duty as Roosevelt Collier & Bayou Gypsys, as well as Telluride favorite Anders Osborne returning, and the introduction of buzzing Austin's retro-rocker Shakey Graves to the fold.

Renowned as one of the most scenic and intimate music festivals in the country, Telluride Blues & Brews is located within the world-famous resort town of Telluride, Colorado, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of music and microbrews held in Telluride Town Park, an outdoor music venue with breathtaking 13,000 foot mountains as a backdrop. The festival offers an eclectic mix of live blues, funk, rock, jam band, gospel and soul performances, and some of the best microbreweries in the country, with a wide variety of food and craft vendors, a second stage, children's activities, late night jams, and much more.

Thrree-Day, Juke Joint (late night), and Camping passes are on sale now. Single day tickets will go on sale June 20th. For festival information or to purchase tickets visit Tickets are available locally at Telluride Music, located at 201 E. Colorado Ave, and at Wizard Entertainment, located at 126 East Colorado Avenue.

Marcus Smith2014