It may be hard to tell whether you’re swaying with the rocking of the train or swaying with the rockin’ of the musicians during the fourth annual Durango Blues Train — but we’re willing to bet you’ll be swayin’ your hips and rockin’ out.
This year, the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, SBG Productions and the Durango and Silverton railroad are expanding the Blues Train to two — count ’em! — TWO weekends: this weekend, May 30 and May 31, and again Aug. 22 and Aug. 23.
The Durango train’s coal-fired, steam-powered engine will pull six vintage passengers rail cars, each one its own mini-concert venue featuring its own blues band or solo artist (There’s a different lineup each night.) Passengers are free to move — or groove — from car to car during the train ride from downtown Durango to the famous Highline canyon stretch of railroad in San Juan National Forest.
This weekend’s lineup includes Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Bottoms Up Blues Gang, The Sugar Thieves, Todd & The Fox, Valerie James & Kevin Jones, Robby Overfield, Jeff Strahan, C.W. Ayon, Johnny Long, Chris Dracup, and Gino Matteo.
“It’s hard to believe we’re going into our fourth anniversary of the Durango Blues Train. We are excited to add a second two-day weekend later in the summer, giving more people a chance to ride the Blues Train,” said Steve Gumble, founder of the Durango Blues Train. “Something magical happens when you combine blues with a steam train.”
Speaking of, don’t forget that the actual ride aboard the Durango train will feature stunning scenery, including sunset views along the “Highline” section of the railroad, which sits hundred of feet above the Animas River. Sorry, kiddos: These evening train trips are for grown-ups only (21 and over). Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar, so bring your ID and your bills.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.DurangoBluesTrain.com or call 877-515-6166. While you’re in town for your blues and brews weekend, be sure to book your room with us at the Durango Quality Inn. We just refreshed all of our guest rooms, and we’re only 1 mile north of downtown on Main Avenue!