“What are you doing for offseason?” is the question ringing through the San Juans amongst seasonal workers and anyone else able to take a break between our two on-seasons.
And many common answers one might hear range from “going on a river trip,” to “headed down to Mexico to surf” to “staying here and working” or hopefully, if you’re lucky, “headed to see (fill in the blank with any band/artist)”
Telluride was properly represented at Phish and Widespread Panic in Las Vegas last week, and a solid crew of music fans flew (or drove) out to Florida for Hulaween, String Cheese Incident’s music festival masked as a massive Halloween celebration for festivarians.
For those who can’t venture that far, there are several options coming up this month in the region and beyond, including Telluride’s favorite party band MarchFourth Marching Band. But I’ll get to that in a moment.
Head over to Ridgway for a little staycation on Thursday night to catch singer-songwriter Gabrielle Louise at the Sherbino Theater. Given that she was born to two vagabond musician parents, playing music as a nationally touring troubadour made perfect sense for Louise. Her sound is rooted in folk and Americana and has the feel of early Joni Mitchell with a dash of sultry jazz.
Tickets and more information can be found at sherbino.org.
Temperatures will surely be higher in Durango, making for a lovely getaway and not one but three fabulous bands playing on two different nights.
Friday night the Animas City Theatre host Dead Floyd with opening support Stillhouse Junkies. As the name implies, Dead Floyd brings listeners the heady sounds of Pink Floyd with Grateful Dead. Stillhouse Junkies (who took third place at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest this summer) will get the night started.
Tickets are $12-$15 for Dead Floyd and doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday night, the Animas welcomes Southwest Colorado’s favorite marching band, MarchFourth Marching Band, for another dose of circus antics and high energy music.
Though the band name may imply a certain musical genre, these guys are an explosion of rock, brassy funk and jazz. At any given show audiences are treated to around 15 performers, half of them musicians, the other half showing off their acrobatic prowess, stilt walking skills and more.
I first saw these guys at the Telluride Jazz Fest in one of my first summers of living here, and am equally impressed with both the theatrics of their shows and the rate at which the band has grown in notoriety. They’ve played the Sheridan Opera House and Club Red numerous times since that festival debut, and continue to grow their devoted fan base.
Tickets are $30-$35 and doors open at 8 p.m.
Tickets for both of these shows can be purchased in advance at animascitytheatre.org.
And if anyone asks me what I’m doing for offseason, my answer has been, starting a new career.
After six and a half years of working for the Sheridan Opera House, it was time to try my hand at something new, and I now work for the Town of Mountain Village as its marketing and communications coordinator.
I am extremely grateful for the experience I had at the Sheridan Arts Foundation, and am equally thankful for a new opportunity in my field in Telluride.
When I was finishing up college, I aspired to work in political communication in Washington, D.C. (thank goodness that didn’t happen), and working in Mountain Village is a wonderful opportunity to explore a new sector of our community.
I will continue to write in this space to still be a part of Telluride’s thriving music scene in a small way. If you have any events you would like featured, or story ideas for me, please don’t hesitate to reach out to