TELLURIDE – The Telluride Cajun Festival returns for its fourth year, with New Orleans' singer Mia Borders headlining, on Friday, July 29. The gates open at 4 p.m., with opening act The Great Funktier, followed by Borders, at 6 p.m., at South Oak Social, the outdoor venue nestled in between the Telluride Gondola Station and the Camel's Garden Hotel, which is home to Oak: The New Fat Alley.
“The new venue provides an intimate location, and great acoustics, and will be something Telluride hasn’t seen,” said Cajun Festival Producer Teddy Errico. Robbie Odell and the staff at Oak Alley will be preparing a special menu with such delicacies as stuffed crawfish bread, Shrimp Monica, jambalaya, crawfish beignets and seafood gumbo.
Borders, named one of the “hidden surprises” coming out of the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, features “an energetic blend of funk, soul and contemporary songwriting,” wrote Offbeat magazine's Alex Rawls. “Note to self,” he added, “Pay more attention to Mia Borders.” “We are excited to bring Mia to Telluride for the first time, and offer such value to the locals with what we feel is an affordable and fun night,” said Errico. For non-initiates, he suggested, “One quick YouTube of her songs, and you'll be impressed.”
Tickets to Cajun Festival cost $10 and are available now at Wizard Entertainment, 126 E. Colorado Ave. “We want to provide a unique and special event for everyone that will be fun, but more importantly affordable,” Errico said, going on to note that early-bird ticket buyers will save $5 by buying their tickets before Friday, after which the price goes up to $15.
More Music at South Oak, and at the Opera house
The fun continues Saturday night at South Oak, featuring free music at Oak from Telluride artist Lily Von Shtupp, and another night of New Orleans cuisine.
That same night, the “Freshman Year” live hip-hop and rap show featuring the lyrical styling of SkoolkidD with DJ Soulatomic spinning beats, and additional guests Young Jot, Kidd Swag, Eddy J, Mini Mike, and J Skywalker, takes over the stage at the Sheridan Opera House, 6-9 p.m. The artists, who range in age from 10 to 18, include Telluride's SkoolkidD and Mini Mike as well as J Skywalker, from Miami. This free show is sponsored by the Sheridan Arts Foundation.
Telluride DJ Soulatomic will spin backup beats throughout the show, and play house music in between acts and at the end of the performance. The event is free and open to all ages.