Nikki Lane

Country singer Nikki Lane will play the Sunset Concert Series July 10. (Courtesy photo)

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) recently announced the lineup for the 21st annual Sunset Concert Series held in Mountain Village. An annual summer event, the series has a long-standing tradition of bringing music and entertainment to the San Juan Mountains.

The 2019 Sunset Concert Series brings nine shows to Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza (on the lawn near Lift 1). The family friendly concerts start at 6 p.m., and as in prior years, the concerts are free and pet-friendly. Aptly named because of its west-facing orientation resulting in excellent sun exposure and fantastic sunset views, Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village sets the stage for one of the most spectacular music settings in the country. The series kicks off June 26 and runs through Aug. 14, according to a news release.

“We look forward once again to having our members, guests and visitors come together for this weekly community event that is one of the great summer traditions in the region.” said Anton Benitez, TMVOA president and CEO.

The 2019 Sunset Concert Series lineup is as follows:

• June 26 — Orquesta Akokán (Cuban big band)  

• July 3 — Red White and Blues Celebration-Lawrence (funk, R&B, and rock)

• July 4 — Red White and Blues Celebration-local bands and DJ Kat V

• July 10 — Nikki Lane (country)

• July 17 — Shawn James (folk, Americana and blues)

• July 24 — Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (New Orleans funk and R&B)

• July 31 — Flor de Toloache (mariachi)

• Aug. 7 — Pierce Edens with The Dirty Grass Players (rock and bluegrass)

• Aug. 14 — Mo Lowda and The Humble with special guests the Mammoths (alternative rock)

“We have an incredibly diverse lineup and bringing some genres of music rarely seen in Telluride,” said Teddy Errico of The Telluride Society for Music, the producer of the series. “There is something new and different each week.”

New to the Sunset Concert Series is the expanded common consumption area. In effect daily starting June 15, the new area will encompass Sunset Plaza, Heritage Plaza, and all walkways and breezeways connecting those plazas. More details will be released by TMVOA and the Town of Mountain Village in the coming weeks.  

A new Market at Sunset (Vendor Village) will be added this year, too, with at least eight vendors providing different goods and services. Also new to the series will be select breweries featured on site. Already signed up are Crooked Stave and Palisade Brewing Company.

“TMVOA, along with Telluride Society For Music, has established a tradition of bringing talented up-and-coming artists to Mountain Village,” said Heidi Stenhammer, TMVOA administration and operations manager. “The Sunset Concert vibe is magical and I’m especially excited about the talent on June 26 and July 31 that will appeal to our fantastic Hispanic community.”

The Sunset Concert Series is provided to the public free of charge by TMVOA, The Telluride Society for Music and presenting sponsor Telluride Express. Supporting sponsors include Alpine Bank, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Telluride Resort Lodging, Telluride Ski & Golf, the Town of Mountain Village, The Peaks Resort & Spa, By Sutton, and Teddy Errico of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. The event is held rain or shine.

For more about the Sunset Concert Series and the Red, White and Blues concert, visit tmvoa.org and facebook.com/sunsetconcertseries.