Hello again, Western Slope audiophiles. I missed you all during my global music journey and I am glad to be back hitting the floor dancing. The memories of this summer music season carousel around a total Bluegrass Festival get down, a hard-rocking Ride Festival and a grooving Telluride Jazz Festival. On the horizon is the major billing of Thievery Corporation at the KOTO Doo-Dah later this month, and an expanded four-day lineup of top-notch artists at Telluride Blues and Brews Festival in mid-September. Between now and then, the overdue resurrection of the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon will join the ranks of consistent regional venues stacking a stout schedule for the end of the season. Excitement for the future is what you should be feeling right now, so here is what to pay attention to this week.
Jewel Is Back With the Hits
Last year she played a sold out two-night run at the Sheridan Opera House; this time around, the Grammy nominee will fill Telluride’s crown venue for one exclusive night. For those lucky enough to get tickets, this is one of the just two shows she currently has scheduled for August and beyond. The Canadian folk goddess is in between a well-earned tour supporting her greatest hits album, and an upcoming holiday album release to follow up to her 1999 effort Joy: A Holiday Collection. Although you might not know it by the temperature, don’t expect her to bust out too many of those throwback seasonal tunes. Instead, her most recent run of shows focusing on fans favorites will likely mean patrons are gifted with all the hits, in this intimate one-off performance.
Hot Buttered Rum for Your Case of the Monday Blues
Feeling withdrawal from the picking and foot-stomping goodness that was the 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival? Maybe a night of Hot Buttered Rum in Telluride will soothe your inner string addiction. This San Francisco five-piece has been a mainstay at every worthwhile festival in the country for over a decade, but catching them in the Moon’s cozy setting will be rowdy, and just the right way remedy for your Monday blues. The guys should be charged coming off of late night Phish shows, a run through California, and shooting back to the West Coast right after to sing the National Anthem at the Giants game on Aug. 24. Most likely inspired by a recent musicians mission to Ghana, frontman Nat Keefe wrote, “each show is a little story yet to be played out, with endless possibilities...it’s about who comes and what they bring to the table. It’s about how much the band can pick up on what’s going on in the room.” Let’s pack out the Moon on a Monday night and make them feel it in Telluride.
New Funk Faces at the Moon
Tonight Mingo Fishtrap makes their first Telluride appearance with two funkified sets at The Moon. Balancing the soul vocalizations of the old school with the accelerated tempos common among the progressive nu-funkers, this unlikely Austin outfit proves that Texas has had something grooving to offer dance floor freaks since the 90s. Go online and check them out on the Watch playlist below (and be sure to scroll down through it for more upcoming bands not mentioned in the column this week).