The concert celebrates more than 20 years of TCTC in Telluride; the presenting sponsor is Telluride Mountain Village Owners' Association and the official event sponsors include Mountain Lodge of Telluride, the Wine Mine at Pacific Street Liquors and the Franz Klammer Lodge. TCTV-12 will host a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items donated by generous local individuals and businesses.
Papa Grows Funk's tight grooves redefine the funk-jam band. Tethered by the slinky Hammond B3 and gravel pit vocals of bandleader John "Papa" Gros," the band is a "who's-who" of New Orleans' best musicians. Morphing guitarist June Yamagishi is an original member of Japan's first blues combo, The West Road Blues Band; saxophonist Jason "Big Wind" Mingledorff cleanly articulates the knee-dropping funk sustained by bassist Marc Pero and Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, who replaced Russell Batiste Jr. on the drums in 2005.