Blues legend Tinsley Ellis will be featured in the first concert of the year in the Colorado Riverfront Concert Series.

Thursday, May 25, the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park at Fruita is the place to be to hear the amazing Tinsley Ellis channel the Grateful Dead on his Blues is Dead tour.

Four decades of performing and 19 albums has put Ellis among the greats of the blues/rock genre. People who know blues know Tinsley Ellis. For those that don't, take a listen to his smooth, soulful voice, and amazing guitar playing. You can't help but just get sucked in and get lost in the music.

I had a chance to interview Tinsley the other day and I have to tell you he was so humble and down to earth. I think that spirit shines through in his music.

Rolling Stone says:

"Feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor's edge... his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton."

The Los Angeles Times said:

"Ellis unleashed a torrent of dazzling musicianship pitched somewhere between the exhilarating volatility of rock and roll and the melancholic passion of urban blues."

Tickets for the show are available at City Market and on line at ticketswest.com.

The concert is held rain or shine starting at 7:30 and the gates will open at 5:30. For more information about the concert series and the rules and regulations of the park visit riverfrontproject.org.