Festivals & Events:
The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Canned Heat in Concert
Get your sequins and bowties out and get ready for the best New Year's Eve party in Telluride, featuring two legendary Rock 'n' Roll and Blues bands at the historic Sheridan Opera House: The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Canned Heat. As the final night of the Sheridan Arts Foundation's annual Holiday Concert Series fundraiser, the NYE Gala event is always a local and tourist favorite. Featuring festive decorations, party favors, snacks, a champagne toast and balloon drop, the NYE show is always the most upscale and rocking show in Telluride. Don't miss out on this fabulous family affair, and be sure to ring in 2012 in style with us! From the beginning, 30 years ago, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been led by a one of a kind vocalist and harmonica player, Kim Wilson. The group's distinctive and powerful sound mixes Texas blues and Southern Rock with harmonica laced swamp blues and R&B. Because of their peerless musicianship and unique vocals, they have a huge worldwide fan base and have always been favorites of top musicians, leading world tours with The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. "Tough Enough" and "Wrap It Up" were Top 10 hits, used in many commercials and movies along with countless other songs. A groundbreaking Blues and Rock Band, Canned Heat's niche in music history was secured with their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. For 44 years now Canned Heat has played everything from motorcycle festivals, charity shows and even the 2008 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. Along the way they have still managed to record 34 albums, selling millions of records. Canned Heat has had three #1 world wide hits, including "On The Road Again", "Let's Work Together" and "Going Up The Country"; all of which continue to be used in commercials and movies to this day. The SAF NYE Gala will feature a DJ from 9-10:30pm, with Canned Heat performing the first set and The Fabulous Thunderbirds performing the second. General admission ballroom dancing tickets are $100, with Reserved VIP Balcony seats at $250. All ages and families are welcome! There will be a cash bar open all night, with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Follow the above link for event tickets. If you are interested in becoming a Holiday Chairperson, guaranteeing two tickets to each holiday show, as well as 6 VIP tickets to the NYE Gala, please contact Event Director Ronnie Palamar at 970.728.6363 x1.