The 14th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, set for Sept. 14-16, will feature headliners Los Lonely Boys, the Keb’ Mo’ Band, and the Black Crowes. In addition to mainstage acts in Telluride Town Park, the festival includes a Grand Tasting of microbrewed beers, juke joint shows in local venues, the Rainbow Kids area for children, Blues for Breakfast events, and the Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition.Other acts scheduled to appear include Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Radiators, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, JJ Grey & Mofro, Tishamingo, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band and more. Performing late-night Juke Joint shows are Kent Burnside & the New Generation, Mojo Watson, Joe Bonamassa, the Rhythm Council with Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd, and more. Closing the festival with the Fais Do Do at the Sheridan Opera House are the Radiators, who will be joined by New Orleans brass band Bonerama.The Grand Tasting on Sept. 15 will features more than 100 beers from over 50 microbreweries, including Colorado’s Flying Dog Brewery, Durango Brewing Co., Dolores River Brewery and New Belgium Brewing Company.For tickets or further information, go to http://www.tellurideblues.com.
Singer-bassist Laura Love and her trio are among the headlining performers at Carbondale Mountain Fair. The 36th annual festival is set for July 27-29 in Carbondale’s Sopris Park.Love, who blends African and Celtic influences, funk and folk, will perform July 29 at 5 p.m. Love, who comes to Carbondale on the heels of a mainstage appearance at the Rockygrass Festival, released the gospel album “NeGrass” last month.Other touring bands scheduled to perform include the Los Angeles-based, Mexican-tinged rockabilly quartet, the Moonlight Cruisers; Nigerian singer Bola Abimbola; Hawaiian reggae group Public Property; Texas acoustic quartet Band of Heathens; and modern reggae band Outlaw Nation. Also appearing will be local acts the Roaring Fork Celtic Mega Band, the Earthbeat Choir, the Crystal River Ballet and the piano duo of Laurel Sheehan and Robert Haskins.Mountain Fair will also feature arts and crafts, food, competitions and kids events. For further information, go to http://www.carbondalearts.com.
The SummerFilms series, co-presented by Aspen Film and the Aspen Music Festival, continues through the season at Paepcke Auditorium.French director Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie en Rose,” a biopic of singer Edith Piaf starring Marion Cotillard, will be screened Sunday and Monday, July 8-9. Berlin Film Festival 2005 Golden Bear winner “U-Carmen,” an adaptation of the Bizet opera “Carmen” set in a contemporary South African township, is scheduled for July 15-16. (The Aspen Opera Theater Center will present its own version of “Carmen,” July 26 and 28-30 at the Wheeler Opera House.)”ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway,” a behind-the-scenes documentary of the preparations for four 2004 high-profile Broadway productions, shows July 22-23. The Italian film “Golden Door,” an immigration epic tracing a family’s relocation from Sicily to America and winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion, is set for Aug. 5-6.”Introducing the Dwights,” an Australian coming-of-age comedy featuring Brenda Blethyn as a mother and comedian, will be screened Aug. 5-6. The series concludes Aug. 12-13 with “Vitus,” a Swiss drama about a gifted 12-year-old whose parents want him to become a pianist.All presentations in the SummerFilms series begin at 8 p.m.
On a recent trip to Spain, I discovered something that I believe tops the espresso martini. It’s called a barraquito.