A perfectly sumptuous treat for your sweetie – or sweet tooth – the gala event is one of Telluride's favorite fundraisers, with proceeds to benefit the San Miguel Resource Center. Once again, the ultra-hip DJ Harry has been tapped to spin for the cause, and the former Telluride local has gone big, with his hit tune “All My Life” from his tremendous full-length release Collision receiving major airplay on Sirius radio's Chill Channel, among others. The song has also been featured on numerous TV shows, including Moonlight, Veronica Mars, Kyle XY, and The OC. “‘All My Life’ was featured in the film Who Killed the Electric Car and on all of these TV shows, including House, which had like 20 million viewers, so that was a big deal,” Harry relays.
Big indeed, the wildly popular DJ and songwriter now calls Boulder home and has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada, both solo and with the likes of Moby, DJ Logic, James Brown, The String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams, Galactic, Spearhead, Lotus, and Particle, and has wowed crowds at major festivals from Jam Cruise to Bonnaroo. Even so, Harry adds that he has a special place in his heart for Telluride, where he often test-drives new mixes on receptive audiences when he returns to town.
"I like to play in Telluride because it feels like home,” he says. “Lots of times before I go out on a national tour or have a big gig, I’ll try new music on the Telluride crowd. If it works with them, it’ll probably work in New York, too.” Harry keeps it "inside" for major shows like the Fling, but that doesn't mean his attire will be less than outrageous. This year's theme, "The Wedding," is sure to invite crazy costumes, from bridesmaids to ushers, tuxes to crashers. It's sure to get more than a little wild.
Chocoholics unite – and prepare to indulge your fantasies at the fabulous Chocolate Lover's Fling, Saturday at the Telluride Conference Center. Yum! By the way, DJ Harry will be kicking off the weekend with a spin on Friday night at the Noir Bar, and it appears that he will be hovering in the region, as he's slated to be in Moab for Fat Tuesday at the Wabi Sabi after party later this month.
The Noir Bar is always hopping, and be sure to drop in to catch Amy Taylor and Mike Pale tonight. The two also appear at the Bubble Lounge après ski on Thursday and Friday afternoons, and the prolific Pale perpetually bops around the mountain with his solo acoustic show, where he performs at Gorrono Ranch Saturdays through Tuesdays, and appears at the Peaks Great Room Sunday through Wednesday evenings.
Pale has his flying fingers in a lot of proverbial pots this ski season, and his BluOrbit Funky Soul Jazz Trio will be back at the Bubble Lounge next weekend for a fully funkified show on Valentine's Day. As you may know, Pale shifted gears from his usual jazzy style to join Telluride’s terrific bluegrass pickers, the Turkey Creek Ramblers, in recent months, and the boys will be rolling out their brand of “smokin’ mountain grass” at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon this weekend.
Yep, it's the Second Annual Hillbilly Hoedown, featuring the tremendous TCR on Saturday night.
"It will be a knee-slapping good time," laughs fiddler Chuck Hugenberg. "Put on your overalls, cowboy hats and any other red neck apparel that you have and come spend the night with TCR!"
OK, there will probably be some chocolate-covered groomsmen there, too, and TCR fans will not want to miss the throw-down at the hoedown, as this will be the final show for TCR in this configuration, with the announcement that Hugenberg has moved to Boulder to seek his fame and fortune.
Give him a big Telluride send-off, and get yer pickin’ and grinnin’ fix with the Turkey Creek Ramblers, Saturday night at the Moon.
The Moon has been bringing in great acts lately, and you can bet your booty that the club will be revving it into high gear for their big Valentine's Day bash, with the scheduled return of the swampadelic funksters Topaz & Mudphonic, who are slated to roll into Telluride on Feb. 14. Plan to take your sweetie out on the town for a funk-filled night of sweet muddy madness. Talk about locals going big, Sons of the Addicted have just announced that their website is up and running. The Ridgway band’s new CD, Fractal World, is freakin’ great, with polished favorites including “Because We Choose to Trip,” “Couch Surfer” and the title track taking on a new patina with the big studio production. Select cuts are now available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Our favorite fractal friends appear to be on their way to the major leagues. Get with their street team and support them on their way at sonsoftheaddicted.com. In Ridgway this weekend, the Sherbino Theatre is dark, and on the market, though there may be some spring shows coming in March.
In the meantime, the Switchback Tavern is the new hotspot, and features live music from Ouray's Pierre Picardoat this Saturday night. The local troubadour runs the musical gamut, covering everything from AC/DC to LL Cool J. He’s got great stage presence and vocals, too. Check him out Saturday starting at 8 p.m. at the Switchback. There are a pile of great shows coming up at the historic Sheridan Opera House in the near future, but this weekend it’s time for Telluride's youth to shine as the Sheridan Art's Foundation Young People's Theatre celebrates their 10th anniversary with their performance of the now-classic musical Grease. The Telluride Comedy Fest and the Telluride Aids Benefit are both right around the corner at the historical venue, but after that, spring break festivities heat up at the SOH, with a heap of smoking concerts on the line-up, including Donavon Frankenreiter on March 10. The Telluride Society for Jazz presents Grupo Fantasmo at the Opera House on March 13, and the much-anticipated Jo Jo Hermann & Band are on the bill for what’s sure to be a raging St. Patty's Day bash in just over a month. You may want to grab a ticket for that one soon, as capacity is limited.
Speaking of jazz, The Telluride Jazz Celebration has announced their line-up for this year's festival in June, and the Celebration looks to top itself with a juicy assemblage of artists, ranging from the traditional to the ultra-funky. The marvelous guitar guru Bill Frisell has been tapped as this year's guest of honor, and will appear with his incredible trio. Also on the way, Latin World hip-hop phenoms Ozomatli will headline on Friday night, and the buzz has hit the street that Karl Denson's Tiny Universe will be headlining Saturday night's festivities. Jazz giant Jimmy Herring, Lizz Wright and the Rebirth Brass Band are all on the luscious line-up. Get the full skinny at telluridejazz.org, and secure a pass quickly, as the early bird sale runs through Feb. 15. In Durango, Grammy Award winner Melissa Manchester is set to perform two shows at Ft. Lewis College, Feb. 8 and 9. Also, the Charlie Daniels Band will kick it down at the Community Concert Hall in March. Ah yes, the Grammys. The coveted little statues are made locally in Ridgway. See who gets to own one this weekend, with the awards ceremony slated for Sunday night.
Happy Chocolate Lover’s Fling – enjoy!