Dj noDJ

DJ noDJ, featuring members of the Talking Heads tribute band, This Must Be the Band, will kick off the Sheridan Opera House’s winter schedule Saturday night.

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My first month of working at the Sheridan Opera House in 2012, Tom Fortier, who now happens to be the sound guy for none other than Nahko and Medicine For the People, approached my boss with a band that was slated to play at the Llama, but due to the music venue’s unexpected closure, Fortier was trying to help find another venue for these guys to play.

We had an open night to fill, and figured why not? People like Talking Heads, so they’ll surely come out to see a Talking Heads tribute band.

The night turned out to be a resounding success and This Must Be the Band became a favorite among music fans. The closest thing to having David Byrne on the opera house stage, they put on a good show that really embodied the quirks of the Talking Heads circa 1984.

Turns out that also in 2012, the same members of the band developed an hour-long Daft Punk set as part of their tribute repertoire, and when they weren’t personifying Byrne, they worked on curating a set list that paid tribute to other well-known electronic, pop and dubstep acts.

That project, cleverly titled DJ noDJ, comes to the Sheridan Opera House Saturday to kick off yet another killer winter season at the historic venue.

As the name may indicate, they’re covering well-known DJs, but with a full band that will add a new dimension of musicality to pop songs we all know and love. Each song seamlessly flows into the next, offering the audience reimagined renditions of club anthems from the likes of Justice, deadmau5, Calvin Harris and more.

Music starts at 9 p.m. and doors and the SHOW Bar open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for reserved tickets in the balcony. As a winter kick-off special, there is no ticketing fee.

After Saturday, the fun is nonstop through April at Telluride’s crown jewel. I caught up with my dear friend and former coworker Maggie Stevens (she took over for me as PR/marketing director at the opera house) about shows to watch out for this season.

I learned that tickets were selling really well for many of their shows and they expect another year of repeated sell out shows, so as per usual, here’s your warning to not wait until the last minute to try to buy tickets to shows.

Dec. 27-31 marks the annual Holiday Concert Series, a fundraiser for the Sheridan Arts Foundation, the nonprofit that owns and operates the building. The series kicks off with John Oates (of Hall & Oates fame).

“He just added a guitar player, and will have a drummer, so we’re really excited to have a trio playing that night,” Stevens said.

The next night, Dec. 28, indie pop duo Freddy & Francine return to Telluride for a special winter performance. Music fans may have fallen in love with these two when they debuted at Telluride Bluegrass Festival or played the Music on the Green series in Mountain Village the following two summers, and their intimate folksy sound will be perfectly complemented by the opera house’s acoustics.

The seats will come out for the Hot Sardines, a big band meets modern swing outfit from New York.

“It’s going to be a really fun night, we’re excited to have something out of our normal wheelhouse,” Stevens said.

The year 2019 will be rung in with Robert Randolph & The Family Band on Dec. 31. Their show last year at the SOH was one of the best shows I saw during my tenure at the venue, and as you begin to make New Year’s Eve plans I can’t recommend this show enough.

The venue will also be transformed into a speakeasy, and 1920s outfits are highly encouraged!

Moving into the New Year, there’s something for almost everyone genre-wise and a good mix of returning bands and new faces.

Tickets and a full lineup of ski films, rentals and more can all be found online at sheridanoperahouse.com.