R&R | From Dirty Blues to Uptempo Americana
by Adam E. Smith
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SHRED THE DAY, ROCK THE NIGHT – Deer Tick (top) plays at the Palm on Friday at 9 p.m.; Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (Courtesy photos)
SHRED THE DAY, ROCK THE NIGHT – Deer Tick (top) plays at the Palm on Friday at 9 p.m.; Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds play at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon Saturday at 9:30 p.m. (Courtesy photos)
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Deer Tick, Whitewater Ramblers, Sister Sparro and Strange Americans Provide Tunes For Ski Season Closing Parties 

If last weekend’s music tour de force with March Fourth Marching Band, The Cave Singers, Waiting on Trial, and Toubab Krewe all back-to-back wasn’t enough for you, then this weekend brings an equally deep lineup to Telluride. 

Friday’s shenanigans starts at 3 p.m. with the KOTO street dance and costume party with local favorites Ralph Dinosaur and His Fabulous Volcanos receiving support from The Great Funktier. After showing off your pink flamingos, trek over to the Palm Theater for buzzing Providence indie rock band Deer Tick, or stumble into the Sheridan Opera House for a stacked three-act bluegrass bill featuring Whitewater Ramble, the Magic Beans and the Kitchen Dwellers. Where Deer Tick will get into dirty blues and folk-laden rock shots, Colorado’s Whitewater Ramble and friends will use traditional picking to plate fusions of carbonated disco and uptempo Americana. With the Sheridan show kicking off at 8 p.m., and the Palm getting into the groove at 9 p.m., torn listeners with electric taste could potentially do some venue hopping. For late-night happenings, swing by Fly Me to the Moon for the Black Light Dance Party with DJ Alyssa and DJ Essential. 

After getting your fix of slush and Gorrono cocktails on Saturday, take the party down-mountain to the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon for the return of Telluride Jazz Festival and Sunset Concert Series favorites Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. With all the hybrid takes on the spectrum of funk that fill the gaps, sometimes visitation rights to the core of the genre is necessary. Led by sibling tag team Arleigh and Jackson Kincheloe, who mix their soulful superpower of friends and family to produce a cross-coast sound that is a showcase of Arleigh’s soaring vocal range and Jackson’s elite harmonica efforts. New Orleans may be the genesis of jazz, but the nu-funk movement spawned from Brooklyn’s underground will be on full display at the Moon, courtesy of the good folks over at the Telluride Society For Jazz. 

Front Range Americana homesteaders Strange Americans will be the soundtrack of the final hours of the final day of the ski season. With a three-hour show starting at 3 p.m. on the Beach at the base of Village Express (Lift 4), the deeply rooted rock sextet boasts classic guitars, keys, pedal steel and a rhythm section that spotlights rugged three-part vocal harmonies. Expect the band, rolling off regional success on their 2012 release, A Royal Battle, to work through a majority of their new and old catalog for what is sure to be a lively crowd.    

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