The Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Holiday Concert Series 2021 continues with just a few changes. Instead of showing the Warren Miller film “Winter Starts Now” with co-sponsor Bootdoctors, the series starts on Monday with John Oates. The “Winter Starts Now” performance originally planned for Sunday has been postponed to February 2022, the opera house announced this week. The postponement is due to the recent staff shortage, said Maggie Stevens, PR and marketing director of the opera house. Buck Smith, the division manager for Bootdoctors and Christy Sports at Telluride, echoed Stevens’ opinion.
“We love bringing Warren Miller to Telluride every year. This Christmas season we’re working with so many other companies in the Telluride area to address an unprecedented staffing shortage. We believe it is the right thing to look forward to our store operations and wait.” until the holiday season is over to get the movie rolling again, “he said.
For the 2021 series, the opera house will focus on the concerts that will run as planned, Stevens said.
The legendary John Oates from the popular rock duo Hall & Oates starts the series on Monday. Oates is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He will perform stories and songs with Nashville guitarist Guthrie Trapp. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets for reserved seats are $ 60 to $ 75.
Tuesday night continues strong with local and Grammy-nominated artist Jewel from Telluride hosting two shows. The first show takes place at 5:30 p.m., the second at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the concerts cost $ 125 to $ 275 for reserved seats. Stevens looks forward to Jewels appearances and praises her commitment to the Sheridan Arts Foundation and in the city.
“She was wonderful to us and is part of the community here,” said Stevens.
Up-and-coming indie rock band Kiltro will take the stage on Wednesday for a slightly different vibe during the series. The band’s debut album “Creatures of Habit” made the Denver trio known.
“Kiltro has created a fascinating world that is both familiar and strange,” said a press release from the opera house.
Tickets for reserved seating are $ 40. Initially, the show included standing room, but that has since been changed to seating only, explained Stevens.
The fourth night features the first performance of the Yonder Mountain String Band. The progressive bluegrass band from Colorado will play songs from their latest album “Get Yourself Outside”. Thursday concert starts at 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m.
Friday night, the Yonder Mountain String Band returns for the exaggerated New Year’s Eve Gala under the sea on December 31st to usher in 2022. At midnight a balloon will fall to the ground. Glasses of champagne will also be available. The evening will even include an aerial silk dancer performance.
There is usually no bluegrass in the opera house on New Year’s Eve.
“That was a fun development. We love bluegrass of course, but it doesn’t always work on New Years Eve. It’s fun to have someone like Yonder who is so popular in town,” said Stevens.
Tickets are $ 100 for standing room on the ground floor. Balcony tickets cost $ 250 to $ 500, including an open bar all night and reserved seating. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. and the show starts at 10:30 p.m., with the band playing until midnight.
Each night will have its own party theme, each centered on “rising from the depths and under the sea,” explained Stevens. This year the series has focused on targeting a wide range of awards and audiences, she added.
“We want people to come at many prices and we want different genres so we can appeal to a lot of people,” she said.
The series is a fundraiser for the Sheridan Opera House Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. According to Stevens, it’s a great way to hear incredible music and have fun while supporting a nonprofit.
Aside from tickets, people can also participate in the Holiday Patron Fundraiser.
“A generous donation of $ 8,500 entitles donors to two exclusive seats for each concert in the series and a VIP balcony table for the New Year’s Eve party,” the press release said.
COVID precautions are taken at every show. Stevens said the foundation is in constant contact with local health officials regarding the protocols. A mask is required at all times and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test of the last 72 hours must be shown at the door. Molecule air purifiers and hand sanitizing stations will be distributed throughout the venue.
To see each night’s theme and purchase tickets, visit sheridanoperahouse.com or call 970-728-6363 ext. 4.