Road To Blues & Brews

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Listen Up Denver! and Park House are hosting the Firefly Autism Road To Blues & Brews event that will benefit Firefly Autism and Autism Speaks and give some of the best bands in the Rocky Mountain region a chance to perform alongside some of the biggest musical names in the country at the 22nd annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival on September 18th – 20th 2015.

The 2014 winner Dragondeer played two incredible sets on September 11th and 12th of 2014 at the Blues & Brews Festival and won over a legion of new fans with their innovative and electrifying approach to classic Blues.  Dragondeer has gone on to play at SXSW and the T-Bois Blues Festival, become part of the RedBull Sound Select Family, and they are slated to play on the Durango Blues Train this summer as well as perform at The ARISE Music Festival, The Grolsch Blues Festival in Germany, and Swallow Hill’s Clifford Still Museum concert series.  

“We really can’t overstate how huge getting into Blues & Brews has been for Dragondeer. Playing Telluride Blues & Brews put us on the radar of other festivals in a big way and in the ears of passionate Blues and roots fans. We are very grateful to Listen Up Denver! and the festival for the opportunity.” – Eric Halborg of 2014 Winner Dragondeer

Telluride Blues & Brews originated over 20 years ago as a festival focused on Blues and Craft Beer. The music has become more diverse over the years, and now Telluride Blues & Brews has become a destination festival attracting thousands of music lovers from all corners of the United States and abroad. Last year’s line-up featured Violent Femmes, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Robert Cray Band, Anders Osborne, and more along with more than 50 breweries who showcased their beers at the festival’s Grand Tasting.  

Whether you are a Blues, Funk, Soul, Gospel, Jam or R&B band, you are invited to submit your band for consideration via Reverbnation or   The submission window runs from April 27th through June 5th and then the selection committee will select up to six bands to participate in the Road To Blues & Brews event that will be held at Park House in Denver on Saturday, August 1st.  Each band will be judged by a panel of industry professionals on criteria including:  Talent, Musicianship, Production Value, Professionalism, Songwriting, Crowd Reaction & Stage Presence.

The Winning Band Will Receive:

  • A performance slot at the 22nd Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

  • A complimentary "Jam In The Van" Session

  • Two (2) nights lodging in Telluride or Mountain Village

  • Artist passes to the festival

  • Food vouchers

  • Website and program guide placement

The Runner-Up Will Receive:

  • One day of studio time in Grammy Award winning producer John Macy’s recording studio

  • A full band portrait session with Denver music photographer Jim Mimna

  • All Bands Selected to Perform At The Road to Blues & Brews Will Receive:

  • Photos of their live performance at The Road to Blues & Brews courtesy of Jim Mimna Photography

  • A recording of their performance at The Road to Blues & Brews

This contest is an incredible opportunity for musicians in Colorado and beyond who are looking for their “big break.”  Telluride Blues & Brews is one of the premiere Blues festivals in the country and, with an audience of music lovers that come from near and far, this is a unique opportunity to gain national exposure. 

For the application and more details about The Road to Blues & Brewsclick here

Patrick Shehan2015