As the long-awaited summer season in the mountains slowly approaches, the 2017 Telluride Jazz Festival artist lineup is released! With a fresh vibe and energy through a new variety of music, we are proud to welcome Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Bootsy Collins & World-Wide Funk Drive, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Miles Mosley + The West Coast Get Down, The Suffers, fatsO, Vaud and the Villains and many more. To see the full lineup, click here.
Festival tickets are on sale now starting at $145 for an Early Bird 3-Day Festival Pass. The new innovative Patron and VIP Experiences offer enhanced levels of comfort and customization. The revamped “Jazz After Dark” late night show format allow ticket-holders more flexibility to attend all of venues on the late night circuit. Single day tickets go on sale May 24th, 2017. Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. To get tickets, click here.
Mavis Staples has a household name that crosses generations of listeners. From a young age, Mavis always had “it.” With a career that spans over five decades, she’s still hard at work with new collaborations that keep her name very relevant in the music world today. Her latest record, Livin’ On A High Note, is a testament to her influence on the young songwriters who penned the album’s material specifically for her. “These songwriters gave me a challenge,” Mavis said. “They gave me that feeling of, ‘Hey, I can hang! I can still do this!’” Yes, Ms. Staples, you certainly can. We can’t wait to bask in her light.
Macy Gray’s life in music has come full circle. She started as a jazz singer in her twenties and now, after a slew of pop and R&B-influenced records, and work as a respected film and television actress, she’s back to jazz. Her new – and first – jazz record, Stripped, was made using a single binaural microphone, which mimics how the human ear hears sound, with no overdubs or post-recording tweaking. The result is a fresh and spontaneous collection of songs, heralding a welcome return to her music roots. Macy Gray, singing jazz in the mountains. This is the stuff of dreams.
The funkiest, sassiest, baddest bass-man in the universe is coming to deliver the correct dosage of funk that you didn’t even know you needed. A 1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (as a member of Parliament Funkadelic), Bootsy Collins' work stands head and shoulders above the crowd – could be it’s those the platform, thigh-high boots! Telluride, get ready to tear the roof off the sucker!
Nestled among the aspen trees and surrounded by 13,000 foot mountain peaks, artists will perform on the new, state-of-the-art Main Stage. In addition, a secondary stage, free of admission, is set to host weekend programming including artist panel discussions, workshops and student band performances in the center of Telluride. The complete festival schedule will be revealed in the late spring months. Click here to read more about festival events.