R&R | New Year’s Week Brings Nine Concerts to Telluride in Five Days
by Adam Smith
Dec 26, 2013 | 2156 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TOUBAB KREWE (Courtesy photo)
TOUBAB KREWE (Courtesy photo)
TELLURIDE - You don’t need to trek all the way to New York City or even the Front Range to get your New Year’s live music fix this year. The once single-night holiday has extended into a weeklong music tour de force in almost every major concert hub in the country, and Telluride’s crafty music promoters have locked in some stellar artists to pave the road to 2014.

The Fly Me to the Moon Saloon wastes no time, and kicking things off the day after Christmas with local favorites Funkdafari. Keeping pace with the first-tier bands doing multiple runs this time of year, the band’s self-described Holiday Bizarre is billed as the first of four shows in western Colorado, ending on New Year’s Eve at the Sherbino in Ridgway.

The Moon keeps it in the local family the next night, too, with resident DJ Soul Atomic providing the soundtrack to the inevitable dance party. Saturday, Dec. 28 brings Technicolor Tone Factory, and Sunday, Dec. 29 sees the Magic Beans return to Telluride, hot off opening slots for mega-jam band moe. at the Ogden theater in Denver a few weeks ago. Both Front Range acts have been building buzz with their improvisation-fueled rock sound that shows a promising future for the Colorado jam rock scene.

Luckily, Monday, Dec. 30 provides a much-needed night off, but New Year’s Eve sees the always amazing world beat funk outfit Toubab Krewe taking the Moon into January 1 with a bang.

Across town, the Sheridan Opera House also has some live music options starting with Purely Patsy, a Patsy Cline tribute show, on Friday, Dec. 27. The next night brings young sibling folk duo The Oh Hellos, who have been getting looks for their self-produced 2012 album Through the Deep, Dark Valley, and who just teamed up with over a dozen other artists on a brand new Christmas album. Spoiler alert: this reinterpretation of classic seasonal anthems is really good, and all of those artists will be with them on stage that night.

Sunday, Dec. 29, the Sheridan switches gears, with the bayou rock and roll of Nashville’s The Delta Saints. With 150 shows under the belt this year, including four months of touring in Europe, expect these guys to end the year with a bang in Telluride.

The Opera House takes Monday, Dec. 30 off, but finishes the holiday concert series the next night with throwback San Francisco psychedelic rock institution Jefferson Starship. The four- decades-old incarnation will play the hits “White Rabbit,” “Jane,” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us,” among many other classic tunes that defined a generation.

Something for everyone and everything for anyone who’s as much of a music junkie as I am is the outlook for the next week in Telluride.

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