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SOH: An Evening with Blind Pilot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                         July 18, 2012


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Kathrine Warren

Sheridan Arts Foundation PR/Marketing Director

970.728.6363 ext. 3 


An Evening with Blind Pilot

Indie-folk, rock

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, 8 p.m.

Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, Colo.


The Sheridan Arts Foundation is proud to present an intimate evening with Portland, Ore.’s indie folksters Blind Pilot on Thursday, Aug. 9. 


Blind Pilot will play a seated show at 8 p.m. with opening act River City Extension. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 9. Tickets are available online at or by calling 728.6363 ext. 5.


Returning for a third time to the Telluride area, Blind Pilot is touring to support its sophomore album “We Are the Tide” which was released last fall. The band’s grassroots breakout debut “3 Rounds and a Sound” has sold more than 65,000 units to date and was featured in NPR’s “Best Music of 2008” round up.


‘“We Are the Tide’ blooms agreeably from start to finish … these guys make remarkably sturdy, gorgeous songs,” said NPR of the most recent album.


On making the album, founding member Israel Nebeker said, “We had a good idea of what we wanted the album to sound like and what all the instrumentation would be. There was excitement and anticipation but that came with a fair amount of challenges for me as the songwriter, since I had never written in that atmosphere before.  Fortunately, the creative process has a way of obliterating your expectations, and while we had a plan for each song, eventually the songs told us the way they needed to be. We learned a whole lot in the process and when I listen to the album now, I hear all these good surprises we didn't know were going to be on there.”


Co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski elaborated on that by saying, “I love the first record, but it was really exciting to work on arrangements with the whole band in mind. There are some songs on ‘We Are The Tide’ that sound like an extension of ‘3 Rounds and a Sound,’ but a good number that are exploring new areas.”


Blind Pilot was founded when Nebeker (vocals and guitar) and Dobrowski (drums) embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town venues. The band now exists as a six-piece ensemble featuring fellow Oregonians Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (Vibraphones) and Dave Jorgenson (keyboards, trumpet).


In the years since that fateful bicycle tour the band has toured with the likes of the Decembrists, Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, Laura Viers and Andrew Bird. Blind Pilot has also appeared at such festivals as Sasquatch!, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival.

Blind Pilot plays the historic Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m with the doors opening River City Extension. Tickets are $20 and available online at

Tickets and additional event information are available at or 970.728.6363 x5. 

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 and CCAASE.