Reggae Legend Don Carlos Finally Comes to Telluride
Although efforts have been made to get the legendary frontman of The Black Uhuru to Telluride in the past, it seems that Don Carlos will in fact make a highly anticipated stop at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon tonight. As any rasta vinyl connoisseur can attest to, Carlos’ discography piles high and spans over 40 years with a dozens solo releases alone. Beyond the obvious fact that an authentic Kingston icon will be among us, it is also important to note that his current touring schedule is limited and has him in places like New York City and Malibu. Truly a king of the dance hall heydays of the 80s, the legacy continues with a very intimate performance tonight.
Don Carlos of Black Uhuru, Thu., Jun. 13, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, Telluride, doors 8/show 10 p.m., $15, 18+, flymetothemoonsaloon.com
Mountain Air Music Series Brings Otis Taylor to Ouray for Free!
The pairing of the words trance and blues as a subgenre seems like an ill-fitting oxymoron for any member of Generation Y, given the popularity of the electronic music also called trance. In this case the downtempo characterization does overlap in sonic categories, but the hypnotic vocals of Otis Taylor meeting echoing horns, guitar and rolling percussion gradually take over like a pleasant sonic anesthesia. The really good kind where awareness is fully not sacrificed when slowly dropping out. The blues element places a focus entirely on the six string craftwork dancing over snare and organs, only being interrupted by stirring tales of that could just as likely be set in early America as they could be happening right now. With his 13th album My World Is Gone dropping this year, Taylor has proven himself to be a special musician that calls Colorado home. A chance to catch him this Thursday free of charge in Ouray, after he just returned from an extensive tour through Europe that he will continue in July, is a gift not be passed up this week.
Otis Taylor Band with Screen Door Porch, Thu., Jun. 13, Fellin Park, Ouray, 6 p.m., Free, pickinproduction.com
Jerry Joseph Brings the Jackmormons for Two Nights
Jerry Joseph is a working man’s musician, with a rigorous touring schedule to prove it. His two-night stop in Telluride comes before headlining Roots of the Rocks festival in Beaver, Utah, and performing three nights at Dixie Mattress Festival in Oregon. Joseph has churned out an album a year since the mid 90s, and toured internationally in noteworthy bands like Little Women, Jackmormons, and Stockholm Syndrome. His determined music career has always navigated a path that surrounded him with elite musicians like famed guitarist Steve Kimock in Little Women, and Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools in Stockholm Syndrome.
When he isn’t in Mexico pumping out new material, Joseph can be found in Harlem, N.Y., doing intensive listening research into everything from conscious hip-hop to Jamaican roots music. Although he wears his influences on his sleeve, there are so many happening simultaneously, it becomes an entirely fresh sound that manifests his progression; his writing just gets better, with time. Joseph is currently touring with the full Jackmormon’s, which is a contract to his last stripped down appearance at The Opera House in December.
Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, Sat., Jun. 15, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, 9 p.m., $25, sheridanoperahouse.com
The Sugar Thieves Return to Telluride
Nearly two years ago Meredith Moore and her boys in The Sugar Thieves opened up the Telluride Blues & Brews weekend with a bar setting set. It was the first live music I had ever witnessed in Town Park, and the fire from the quintet was the perfect cherry-popping performance. Most likely overlooked by patrons given their lower tier placement on the festival bill, their textured blues elevated Moore’s crazy good soul vocals past town park and into the mountain peaks above. She had our attention and she knew it, which only made the band play harder. Forming in Arizona, but conveying the spirit of delta blues, The Sugar Thieves can bring it up till you break before winding it down into beautiful and sometimes sassed personal narratives. One listen to “Chocolate Jesus” off of Plywood Palace is really all you need to know.
Sugar Thieves, Sat., Jun. 15, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, Telluride, 10 p.m., $7/10, flymetothemoonsaloon.com