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Sheridan Opera House: Steel Pulse
Media Contact: Feb. 16, 2014
970.728.6363 ext. 3
The Sheridan Arts Foundation & Telluride Ski Resort presents:
March 20, 2014, at 9 p.m., doors at 8 p.m.
Telluride Conference Center, Mountain Village, CO
$30* GA floor, $45* VIP tickets
The Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Ski Resort presents a night of music with reggae legends, Steel Pulse for the third installment of the Telluride Conference Center Winter Music Series on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
Tickets are $30* general admission and $45 VIP. VIP tickets come with a private bar and private seating in the Mountain Village Telluride Conference Center.
Steel Pulse is a roots reggae band formed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England, composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals) and Ronald McQueen (bass).
Their debut release, “Kibudu-Mansatta-Abuku” arrived on the small independent label Dip, and linked the plight of urban black youth with the image of a greater African homeland. Steel Pulse were initially refused live dates in Caribbean venues in Birmingham because of their Rastafarian beliefs.
David Hinds' unique voice has been imitated by some of the biggest names in rock, but never duplicated. "We don't bow to Babylon. We pay the price, and go on, taking our music directly to the people. Right now we are putting the finishing touches to the next album, and the vibes have never been better," says Hinds.
Aligning themselves closely with the Rock Against Racism organization and featuring in its first music festival in early 1978, they chose to tour with sympathetic elements of the punk movement, including the Stranglers, XTC, The Clash, and The Police.
Eventually they found a more natural home in support slots for Burning Spear, which brought them to the attention of Island Records, the label of Bob Marley. Steel Pulse went onto open for Marley on a European tour, to great acclaim. Winning them the label of Bob Marley’s favorite band.
They may have explored various styles of music since they started out in almost four decades ago, but when it comes to the message, the UK’s Grammy-winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. The group has continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music.
“We just can’t ignore the politics, because every life and soul that’s born on this earth is a political maneuvers for someone, at some stage”, Hinds explains. “From a spiritual aspect, it’s really an upliftment through facing reality – what’s out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society – especially the black communities right now”.
Steel Pulse have always taken their causes to heart, filing a $1 million class action lawsuit against New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission. The group charged that cabbies refused to pick up blacks and Rastafarians throughout the streets of New York.
Steel Pulse tours frequently and the Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Ski Resort are thrilled to host their return to Telluride after a long hiatus from southwest Colorado.
The doors will open at 8 p.m. on March 20 and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale at sheridanoperahouse.com or by calling 970-728-6363 ext. 5 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Telluride Ski Resort is offering up to 20 percent off of Ski and Stay packages in conjunction with the Winter Music Series. Visit Tellurideskiresort.com for more information.
Tickets and information: sheridanoperahouse.com or 970.728.6363 x5
*nominal ticketing fee applies.
The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation, CCAASE and Just For Kids.