The powder isn’t the only thing that’s popping around town this weekend. After a bomb cyclone blasted the area Wednesday, the mountain was rocking, but there’s plenty to do indoors over the next few days, too. Here’s an entertainment roundup for post-powder day plans.
The local reggae group will play its annual Sheridan Opera House show tonight (Friday) at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). Tickets are $20 for general admission on the floor and $30 for reserved seats in the balcony. A $5 ticketing fee is charged at all ticket outlets. Tickets can be purchased online at sheridanoperahouse.com.
Niceness, which blends soul, funk and hip-hop, is Michael Gomberg on drums, David Christeson on the keys, Mike Enriquez on bass, Dustin Wilson on guitar, Jonathan Barfield on percussion, Jeff Gutierrez on tenor sax, John White on Alto sax, Jared Wright on trumpet and vocalist Koral Delatierra.
With such a strong local following, Niceness shows are always a good time, which is what the band aims for.
“Our goal as a band is to spread positive vibrations with our music, sharing words of wisdom and gratitude to inspire and empower our fellow brothers and sisters to know thyself and to stand in truth and love,” Delatierra said.
On Sunday and Monday, Galactic, featuring Erica Falls, will take the opera house stage at 8 p.m. each night (doors open at 7 p.m.).
Tickets are $52 for general admission on the floor and $65 for reserved seats in the balcony. A $5 ticketing fee is charged at all ticket outlets. Tickets can be purchased oneline at sheridanoperahouse.com.
As of press time Thursday afternoon, there were less than 20 tickets left for Sunday and fewer than 100 still available for Monday, so it’s safe to say both shows will sellout.
The New Orleans band is out on the road promoting new album “Already Ready Already,” which features its distinct “pop ’n’ roll” — a “progressive sound” that features everything from lengthy instrumentals to rap.
“I’ve never been able to put a label on what we do,” saxophone and harmonica player Ben Ellman said. “I could say it’s funk or I could say it’s R&B or jazz or whatever else, but really, it’s all of that.”
Simply put, Galactic is a jam band, and Telluride loves its jam bands.
“It’s not that we’re always trying to push boundaries,” bassist Robert Mercurio said, “but we definitely take influence from our hometown and try to do something new with it. We tour all around the world and we’re exposed to tons of elements that filter their way into our consciousness and come out through our music.”
While recording the new record, Galactic worked with several women singers, many who are lesser known on the national level, but celebrated in New Orleans.
“Trust me, I loved having Macy Gray and Mavis Staples on our last record,” Mercurio said. “It was an honor to work with them. But there’s something fun about making music with someone not everybody has heard of and end up getting a great reaction to it. There are no preconceived thoughts as to what the song should be like because the listener doesn’t know the artist as well.”
Sunday and Monday’s shows will feature an official AfterSHOW with SNRG in the SHOW Bar immediately following Galactic’s set, which are free and open to the public. That means you can still get down to some good tunes if you missed out on grabbing a ticket to the main show. However, people who purchased tickets to the Galactic shows are given priority for the SHOW Bar sets.
SNRG is the stage name for Chicago-based electronic DJ Devin Redmond.
“Nothing brings Devin more joy than getting lost in the therapeutic journey that music can provide, and he travels and attends music festivals as much as he can,” according to his official bio. “With a background in R&B and hip-hop, Devin cultivates an experience with a genre-diverse collection of electronic dance music containing infectious grooves and melodies inspired by the likes of Oliver Heldens, EDX, SNBRN, Gorgon City and Seven Lions that will leave the audience dancing, smiling and feeling uplifted.”
Yeah, sounds legit.
Other shows in Telluride include a free set by the DandyLions, a band of local ladies who made their debut opening for Niceness last year. They play Friday night at the Phoenix Bean at 6 p.m. And Telluride Brewing Company’s Russell Kelly Pale Ale Day at the Liberty, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door; adventure films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. and local jam band Joint Point will play at 10 p.m.