“We are very excited to become a town of Telluride event right smack in the middle of town with high quality music,” said Cajun Fest Producer Teddy Errico.
Headlining the festival is Buckwheat Zydeco, with special guests Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue getting things started with funky horns and an R&B sound.
Cajun Fest will provide a fun block party style atmosphere with music and food to generate some nightlife. The event will also take on a new time frame, with a Friday happy hour from 5-9 p.m. on South Pine Street adjacent to the Last Dollar Saloon.
“We think by offering the event on a Friday evening it enhances the guest experience because they are free to hike, bike, golf, or relax and enjoy the fine attributes of Telluride all weekend,” said Errico.
Buckwheat Zydeco, back in Telluride after a long hiatus, has been playing his Zydeco style music for almost 30 years and has been featured in Presidential inaugurations, Olympic ceremonies and with The Boston Pops. This four-time Grammy nominated artist has also played with Eric Clapton, U2, Robert Cray, and Los Lobos, among others.
According to The New York Times, “Buckwheat leads one of the best party bands in America, he can pump out Zydeco two beats or shift into rolling blues, streaming all the way.”
And the New Times Phoenix said, “Best show of the year honors … this has got to be one of the most exciting live bands working these days … simply stupendous.”
Opening the festival is special guest Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. This five-piece band features New Orleans native Troy Andrews, who was recently voted New Orleans Offbeat Magazine’s performer of the year, and his band, the best R&B/funk band.
Legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis said, “Troy possesses the rarest combination of talent, technical capability and down home soul. I’m his biggest fan.”
Previous festivals have featured New Orleans mainstays The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Porter-Batiste-Stoltz of the Funky Meters, Papa Grows Funk, and The Hot 8 Brass Band, among others.
Presale tickets are $15, and limited to only 600 for public sale, available at Wizard Entertainment and www.TellurideTicket.com. Remaining tickets, if any, will be sold at the door for $20. This event will be held rain or shine.
Visit www.TellurideCajunFestival.com for updates on the food menu and festival.
– Watch Staff Report