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Sunset Concert Series 2010


The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association invites you to another season of outstanding music on the Sunset Concert Series stage. In its 11th year, the series brings an impressive lineup to town; a mix of blues, soul, reggae, psychedelic and more. The party happens at Sunset Plaza, on the lawn near Lift 1. The bands start at 6:00pm every Wednesday and they play rain or shine. All Sunset Concert Series shows are completely free and open to the public; the series is sponsored by The Peaks Resort & Spa, Capella Telluride, Inn at Lost Creek, Elevation Vacations, All Phases Event Group, The Market at Mountain Village, and lumière.

The Sunset Concert Series kicks off with the annual Red, White & Blues concert on Saturday, July 3rd at 4:00pm. This year, TMVOA is proud to present Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. In addition to live music, family-friendly activities begin at 2:00pm, including bungee trampoline, jumping castle, face painting, and the Telluride Foundation celebrates their 10th anniversary with an ice cream social benefiting the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.

Check out the 2010 Sunset Concert Series Lineup:

About the Sunset Concert Series Artists:

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers 
Jazz/ Blues/R&B  
San Francisco, California

Lavay Smith is the vocalist and bandleader of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, one of the top swingin’ jazz and blues bands in the world. The band includes some of the most talented musicians you'll ever hear. Lavay Smith is internationally recognized as “The Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues” in the authentic style of the 1940's and 1950's. Her last album received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review in Downbeat magazine. Growing up in both Southern California and the Philippines, she has become an internationally recognized “Diva of Jazz and Blues”, with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her 7-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times. 

Steep Canyon Rangers 
Asheville, North Carolina

Steep Canyon Rangers have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet seasoned by constant touring. Before being nominated for two International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008, the Rangers were named “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2006 IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. The group has been regularly featured on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as major U.S. Bluegrass and Americana music festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass Festival. The band’s willingness to bring Bluegrass to music-lovers worldwide has taken Steep Canyon Rangers to festivals in Sweden, Ireland, Germany and Canada. The group also regularly performs at Rock & Roll venues on the U.S. jam-band circuit. 

Duwayne Burnside 
Senatobia, Mississippi

Duwayne Burnside hails from Senatobia, Mississippi and grew up hearing his father, R.L. Burnside, and family, as well as neighbors play music; guitar driven Mississippi hill country blues. The radio was another influence on Duwayne's evolving style. Growing up, he played guitar behind his father, but more so backing local club owner Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys. And with Memphis, Tennessee being as close as it was, Duwayne began playing and sitting in with seasoned and well known musicians that frequented town, such as Little Jimmy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Bobby Blue Band and others. Duwayne recorded with his father and the Sound Machine Groove before moving to Memphis and opening a club, Burnside Kitchen and Grill near Highway 61. In 2001, Duwayne sat in with the North Mississippi All Stars for the first time in Birmingham, AL. From then on he toured 250 days a year. In 2004, Duwayne opened another club, Burnside Blues Cafe, and formed a new band with old friends. The result is a heavy continuation of hill country and soul blues fusion that makes you thankful this music is still being made.  

Corey Harris 
Blues/Reggae/Roots Music  
Denver, Colorado

For more than a decade, the guitarist-vocalist-songwriter has dug for the deepest and truest essence of the blues, reggae, gospel and other roots music by examining and celebrating their origins in various and diverse cultural centers – Africa, the Caribbean, North America and beyond. Zion Crossroads, Harris’ 2007 recording on Telarc – a division of Concord Music Group – was a reggae-flavored set that reflected his travels to Ethiopia during the prior year. Blues Revue editor Kenneth Bays called the album “an astounding record – musically rich, instrumentally diverse, and bursting at the seams with the spirit of African tradition.” Global Rhythm called it “one of the most vibrant reggae albums to be released this year.”  

Americana Roots Rock 
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Organic, sand-blasted roots rock, with a sweet jam spread from Folly Beach, SC. Post-roots trio Dangermuffin casts a fresh perspective on American roots music. Dangermuffin brings a new level of groove to Americana music —  a punchy, folk-jam pastry for the sweet-toothed soul of the South. Band members include Dan Lotti, Mike Sivilli and Steven Sandifer. 

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars 
Sierra Leone, West Africa

This group of six Sierra Leonean musicians came together while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. A brutal civil war (1991-2002) forced them from their homes in Sierra Leone. Through music they find a place of refuge, a sense of purpose and a source of power. Their story inspired the documentary film Sierra Leone's Refuge All Stars. After spreading their uplifting messages to thrilled crowds around the U.S., the SLRAS band headed straight into the studio in New Orleans. With producer Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos) at the helm, the band spent two weeks at the Piety Street studios recording an amazing new album with New Orleans stars; Trombone Shorty, Washboard Chaz and the Bonerama Horns all lending their talents to create some  a spicy new “Sierra Leone meets New Orleans” flavor! 

Marco Benevento 
Experimental Rock/Jazz/Indie 
Brooklyn, New York

Marco Benevento is a pianist, organist and composer from Brooklyn, New York. Benevento is known for his effected piano work with his trio as well as his Hammond Organ and Wurlitzer Electric Piano work. Benevento has been a member of the New York's jazz and experimental music scene since 1999. Benevento spent much of 2006 touring with Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon and Joe Russo. 

These United States
Washington, D.C. 

These United States are a musical group from Washington, D.C. and Lexington, KY whose bandleader, Jesse Elliott, serves as the founding and central member. The band has released three albums; two in 2008 and one in 2009, via Colorado-based record label United Interests. In the three years since their formation, TUS has played more than 500 shows across the United States, United Kingdom, and northern Europe, and rocked the South by Southwest and CMJ Music Marathon festivals in the U.S., and the UK's Glastonbury Festival. 

Jim Lauderdale Band 
Troutman, North Carolina

Jim Lauderdale is a multi-talented performer and songwriter, with successes in both country and bluegrass music. His roots stem from the Carolinas, yet his career has taken him abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. Jim won "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the first "Honors and Awards Show" held by the Americana Music Association. He is among Nashville's "A" list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Mark Chesnutt, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Vince Gill, and George Strait. He's toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent, Elvis Costello and more. 

For more information about the Sunset Concert Series, contact the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association at (970) 728-1904 or visit