While much of Colorado has been gearing up for the Democratic National Convention, the mood around telluride, co, is focused not on politics but on the long summer season of festivals. The latest festival, the 5 th annual Telluride Festival of the Arts, was held August 15-17. The event featured a free concert by Grammy-winner Taj Mahal and the Taj Mahal Trio, whose bluesy stylings serenaded festival-goers. This was the first year that a free concert was added to the festival in an attempt to boost traffic in Mountain Village.
In addition to the concert, the festival featured its usual eclectic mix of food, drink, visual arts, and music. Cooking demonstrations, wine courses, tastings, workshops, and art exhibits by more than 50 artists also spiced up the festival. People from all over the U.S. —and all over the world—descended on Telluride to enjoy the mix of exquisite food, art, and drink while also basking in the splendor of the Rocky Mountains .