Six Finalists Chosen For The Firefly Autism Telluride Blues & Brews Battle Of The Bands

Together with the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Listen Up Denver! and Park House are hosting a “Battle of the Bands” event on August 9th that will benefit Firefly Autism and give some of the best bands in the Rocky Mountain region the opportunity to perform alongside some of the biggest musical names in the country at the 21st annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in September.

Firefly Autism is a 501c 3 ABA shop (Applied Behavior Analysis) that focuses on working with children with Autism to transform their lives through thoughtful, innovative, empirical learning treatment programs. Firefly also strives to create awareness and help our community see the world through the eyes of Autism to better understand that these amazing individuals can contribute to our society in rich and productive ways.

After combing through over 900 submissions from around the world, the six bands that have been chosen as finalists, and will play head to head on August 9th are: 18 year old blues guitar sensation Austin Young Band, New York Blues Hall of Famer Chaz DePaolo Band, International Blues Challenge 3rd place honorees Dan Traenor's Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown, rising psych-blues innovators Dragondeer, Westword Music Showcase “Best Traditional Rock Band” winners Fox Street, and the genre bending "blues with a banjo" trio Tallgrass. Each band will be judged by a panel of industry professionals on criteria including: Talent, Musicianship, Production Value, Professionalism, Songwriting, Crowd Reaction & Stage Presence.

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. This year the line-up features legendary acts like Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Violent Femmes, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Robert Cray Band, Anders Osborne, Charles Bradley and more along with more than 50 breweries who will showcase some of the best beers in America at the festival’s Grand Tasting.

Tickets to the Battle of the Bands finals are $10 and will be available at starting on June 19th. Doors will open at noon with music starting at 1pm on August 9th. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Firefly Autism. For more information, visit and to purchase tickets click here.

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:

Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado Blues Society, Jam In The Van, Jim Mimna Photography, Macy Sound Studios, Lagunitas Brewing Company, The Marquee Magazine, The WeedStream

For more information please contact Tim Dwenger via email at pr(at)listenupdenver(dot)com or Bill Kight, Marketing and PR Director, SBG Productions, at Bill(at)sbgproductions(dot)com. If you are in the Denver area, and would like to cover the Battle of the Bands event on August 9th for your outlet, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Marcus Smith2014