The Durango Blues Train is an exciting 3.5 hour moving musical experience providing two consecutive evenings of live blues. You will travel on the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-fired, steam-powered train through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest. The event features six live blues performances (2 bands and 4 solo/duo artists) in six coaches with a festive musical environment that promises an amazing experience.
Each artist performs in their own vintage coach, while passengers are to free to dance their way from coach to coach and delight in a variety of musical performances. Four coaches have seats while two are open with no seats to entice and encourage dancing. So enjoy the blues, your favorite beer or wine, and the beautiful scenery of the famous train featured in the Hollywood production, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
To cap it all off, passengers will experience breath taking sunset views along the "Highline," a world famous section of the railroad, as the train crawls along craggy cliffs 400 feet high above the Wild Animas River, known to be the most beautiful section of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
About the Train
You don't have to be a blues fan to enjoy yourself, the train itself is an amazing experience.
The town of Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and the train began hauling both freight and passengers.
The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious.
This train has been in continuous operation for over 130 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. Join us for two magical weekends of blues on the historical Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Night Parties presented by Ambhar Tequila & Alaskan Brewing
Friday March 18th
The Backstage at El Mercado
All night shows are 18+, tickets at OutHouseTickets.com ($15.00 cover)
8:00PM - Eagle Eye Williamson
8:45PM - Madisons
9:30PM - The Cover Letter
10:15PM - Croy and the Boys
11.00PM - James McMurtry
The festival's additional shows in the campground exclusively for campers only (camping wristband required for entrance). Musicians will be playing on a rustic stage next to Lower Bear Creek Falls. Don't miss the chance to see these intimate campground performances in 2015!
Friday, September 18, 20153:30 - 4:00 p.m.Hillstomp
Saturday, September 19, 20153:30 - 4:00 p.m.Leo "Bud" Welch
Sunday, September 20, 20153:30 - 4:00 p.m.Eagle Eye Williamson
After the festival ends in Town Park, we continue the music at 10pm on both Friday and Saturday nights at the local “Juke Joint" shows located in various venues throughout Telluride. Juke Joint passes allow access to all Juke Joint venues for the night purchased. Be aware, Juke Joint passes do not guarantee entry to the show, all venues are first come, first served and based on the capacity of each venue. As they fill up, we direct you to which Juke Joints are not full. As the night goes on, crowds at the Juke Joints tend to rotate, so even if you can't catch the start of the band you want to see, there's a good chance you can catch the last half of their show. So, if there is one particular band you really want to see, get in line early for the show! Doors open at 9:45pm. The VIP 3-Day Pass includes entry into all Juke Joints, dependant on capacity. Doors open at 9:30pm for VIP pass holders.
Juke Joint venues include: Fly me to the Moon, The Elks Lodge, Sheridan Opera House, and the newly added Blues Stage in the Town Park Hanley Pavilion (next to the campground).
Bal de Maison
Doors: 8:30pm Showtime: 9:00pm
Originally Bal de Maison's were dances held at someones house - typically in the front room which was cleared of furniture. Quite often these dances were announced by the host of the party simply by standing on their porch and yelling to their neigbor. Word would often travel up to 40 miles this way. Well here is our shout out - we are having a dance party on Thursday, September 17th to open the Festival, spread the word! For more info, click here.
Please note, VIP and Juke Joints passes are not valid for show entry, this is a separate ticket. To purchase tickets.https://telluride.frontgatetickets.com/event/ejll2w9ng3poilqd