B-52s to invade Blues & Brews in Telluride

Thousands will converge on Telluride’s Town Park in September for the 2012 Blues and Brews Festival. Enlarge photo

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Thousands will converge on Telluride’s Town Park in September for the 2012 Blues and Brews Festival.

The headliners for the 19th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival aren’t what most would call traditional blues acts, but all three are big-time stars in their own musical spheres. Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule and the B-52s will each close a day of music at the festival, which will be held Sept. 14, 15 and 16 in Telluride’s Town Park.

Also on the bill are the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, MarchFourth Marching Band, Little Hurricane and The Lee Boys and Tab Benoit. More acts will be announced in May.

Lesh was a founding member of The Grateful Dead and has toured with various lineups as Phil Lesh & Friends since 1999. He has not announced the lineup for Blues & Brews, but Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes and Chris Robinson, formerly of the Black Crowes, have been “Friends” in previous incarnations of the band.

As for the B-52s, their place in pop-rock history is secure. And although “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster” sound like the last thing one would expect to hear at a traditional blues festival, Blues & Brews has been pushing such boundaries for years and audiences don’t seem to mind at all.

The Blues & Brews Festival’s signature grand tasting, featuring more than 50 regional breweries, will be held Saturday, Sept. 15.

ted@durangoherald.com