Karl Denson is coming to Telluride
It's easy to sound spolied when you live in Telluride. Yes, the mountain sunsets are spectacular, and I, most definitely, cherry-picked my powder days this winter. My daily commute consists of a three minute stroll through town to the free gondola, a 13-minute ride with views of Wilson Peak and the St. Sophia Ridge.
However, I typically feel the most spolied when the summer music festivals start announcing their line-ups. Bluegrass (June 18-21) is usually the first, and they never dissappoint. This year, in addition to the usual suspects, David Byrne and Elvis Costello are on board. A surprise announcement came from the Wine Festival (June 25-28) when they booked Citizen Cope as the main act after the already fantastic Grant Tasting on Saturday. Can't wait. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are playing a free show at Mountain Village's Red, White & Blues (July 3). I haven't seen her before but it seems she's worth all the hype. KOTO's got George Clinton and Parliament, with Rusted Root as the opener, playing Doo-Dah (July 11). And, we are all anxiously awaiting Blues & Brews release of their 2009 schedule . . . sometime this month is what we're hearing off the streets.
As you can see, my summer concert plans are shaping up. And, I saved the best for last. The wonderful folks at Jazz Celebration (June 5-7) are bringing Karl Denson's wide-as-a-stage smile to town! Karl Denson's Tiny Universe are touring for the first time in three years . . . believe me, I'm counting the days to June 6th. Ozomatli's on the line-up, too. If you haven't seen these guys, you're in for a trip. Bi-lingual, energetic, talented and out to entertain, the entourage that makes up Ozomatli are one-of-a-kind. You get the feeling these guys have as much fun off the stage as they do on.
So, in my humblest opinion, I think a road-trip to Telluride for some live music may be a great way to spend a weekend this summer. You in?