This weekend will sure feel like summer again with temperatures in the 70s and clear, cool evenings. Should be a little breezy with a slight chance of T-storms, so it will be interesting for the Hot-Air Balloon Festival. Hopefully they can take to the skies! Otis Taylor returns to Telluride tonight after being in town for Blues & Brews last summer. Should be an awesome show for your weekend musical fix. If you don’t get enough tonight, check out the Durango Blues Train on Saturday night where Otis Taylor will play again along with six other acts. This is the first year for this event and certainly has all the ingredients of an instant classic. Enjoy your weekend!
Friday, June 3rd – Grand Opening of OAK…The New Fat Alley! 6-9pm. Music on the patio by Joint Point. Come check out Fat Alley’s new digs. Word is they have Schlitz on draft! AWESOME! OaksTelluride.com
Friday, June 3rd – Otis Taylor Band @ The Llama. 10pm. $10 advance at the Wizard/$13 at the door. Boulder, CO based Taylor is the leader of a sparse and hypnotic style that has come to be known as “trance blues.” Guitar Player magazine writes, “Otis Taylor is arguably the most relevant blues artist of our time. Whether it’s his unique instrumentation (he fancies banjo and cello), or it’s the sudden sound of a female vocal, or a seemingly upbeat optimistic song takes a turn for the forlorn, what remains consistent is poignant storytelling based in truth and history.” Check out his website @ OtisTaylor.com.
Saturday, June 4th – Sunday, June 5th – 28th Annual Telluride Balloon Festival. Festivities kick off at 6:15 am on Saturday morning in Town Park. Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Juice, Muffins, and other goodies will be available. 1pm on Saturday there will be a free balloon photo workshop at Christ Presbyterian Church. 7-9:30pm on Saturday will be the Main Street Glo between Aspen and Willow Streets on Colorado Ave. On Sunday morning, balloons will take off from Town Park again starting around 6:15am. To volunteer, please call Marilyn at 708-2202 and leave a message, and show up at Town Park between 6 and 6:15am on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, May 4th – Durango Blues Train presented by Telluride Blues & Brews. $95. 21+ An “Exclusive moving musical event on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.” Seven bands including Otis Taylor Band, Eric Boa and The Constrictors, John-Alex Mason, and Bruce Hayes among others. “Riders enjoy live blues and a full cash bar with microbrews, wines and cocktails. The train boards at 6:45 PM from the Durango train depot, hits the tracks at 7:15 pm and arrives back in Durango at 10:10 PM.”
Saturday, June 4th – Sons of the Addicted @ The Steaming Bean. 9pm. $5 at the door and DRINK SPECIALS all night long! Ridgway-based rock band. The following is an entertaining description from their website, Their inspiration “draws from four decades of musical landscapes woven together with a unique and quirky twist. The sound is fresh with flashback moments of Zappa, Incubus, Primus, Tool, Satriani, Jean-Luc Ponty and others haunting the memory modes of your brain’s opiate receptors into believing that you’ve heard this music before… but where? Nowhere! That’s because Sons of the Addicted’s melodic songwriting and hypnotic rhythms are distinctly their own and sounds like no other music being heard today.”
Sunday, June 5th-Saturday, June 11th – 2oth Annual Telluride Wild West Festival. “Since its inception the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Wild West Fest program has been dedicated to brining nearly 50 inner-city and Native American youth from throughout the country to our small mountain town each summer for a week of Western arts, culture and outdoor exploration. The majority of youth travel with their Boy’s and Girl’s Club or other group counselor to Telluride, and are then assigned to a four day mentorship program. Mentorship options include horsemanship, fly fishing, drama, dance, outdoor adventure or music.” For additional info and a full calendar of events, check out their website HERE.
Sunday, June 5th – Wild West Fest Kick-Off Concert with Bob Schneider @ The Sheridan Opera House. 8pm. Reserved seating for $23 0r $28. All Ages. Solo Acoustic Alternative Country. Austin, TX based Schneider, who has been in the music industry since the early 1990s, is well known for his freedom of drawing from rock, country, blues, pop and funk.