The Patron Experience Menu Is Here

Enhanced for the 2017 year, the Patron Experience is by far the most luxurious way to attend the Telluride Jazz Festival. Featuring a private opening show with award-winning Macy Gray at the Sheridan Opera House plus an on-stage seated viewing area, catered meals with the artists backstage and much more, Patron pass-holders will be treated to a weekend of world-class music, decadent food and drinks all surrounded by the unparalleled views of Telluride Town Park.

Putting a priority on high quality food, this year's Patron Experience features an eclectic menu served in an exclusive, covered Patron Lounge located in the backstage area of the festival. Tantalize your taste buds with this delicious 'tour de food' presented by Telluride chef Josh Klein.


If you have dined in Telluride over the past decade, you will know that one of the leading forces of culinary excellence is spearheaded by New Orleans native Josh Klein. After rising to the top of the guard in numerous New Orleans Institutions he found his way to Telluride in 2005. Now the proud owner of the ever-so-popular Mama P's Po-Boys (a mobile vending operation), Bouilli Catering Company, Smugglers Brewpub and Side Work Speakeasy, he has made a serious mark on the local dining scene. If asked, Josh would most likely say his home state in Louisiana carries only a glimpse of his repertoire of flavors. He stays true to Southwest Colorado and brings inspiration from all of the homelands of his French, Spanish and Italian ancestors.


Start your weekend off with a Welcome Reception on Thursday, August 3rd where the chefs of Rustico Ristorante have designed a menu of specialty dishes from every corner of Italy. Dine on some of Italy's most treasured dishes alongside members of board of the Telluride Society for Jazz and enjoy live music from the Telluride Student Allstars Jazz Ensemble.

During the weekend, pass-holders can enjoy backstage dining alongside the festival artists. Meals will be prepared fresh on-site each day by chef Josh Klein.


The new Patron Experience includes top-of-the-line festival amenities. Patron Pass holders can enjoy: 

  • On-Stage Viewing with Hosted Bar - Watch your favorite performance from the side of the Main Stage. Covered on-stage seating offers the most intimate festival experience possible. Experience a clear view of performers and the beautiful Town Park backdrop with an open bar featuring craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails within arms reach.
  • Wine and Dine with the artists Backstage - Patrons can enjoy special backstage access featuring catered meals by chef Josh Klein, a complimentary bar, covered dining area and upscale, patron restrooms.
  • Private Opening Concert - Kick off the festival with a private opening concert with Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, August 3, 2017. With a maximum capacity of 265 attendees, the historic Sheridan Opera House is the ideal venue to extend a truly warm and rustic welcome to the festival.
  • Opening Reception - Open the festival on Thursday, August 3rd alongside fellow Patrons, the Telluride Society for Jazz Board Members and festival staff at Rustico Ristorante's romantic open-air patio. Indulge in a catered menu of decadent hors d'oeuvres and an open bar with craft beer, wine and cocktails accompanied by live music from the Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble. 
  • Private Jazz Brunch - Enjoy a catered brunch by Telluride's finest chefs to start your day off in style on the morning of Saturday, August 5th at Rustico Ristorante with Hooligan Brass Band and Soundhouse Quartet.
  • Meet and Greet with Select Jazz Artists - Patrons will have the opportunity to meet and get to know select Festival artists.
  • Complimentary bar with craft beer, select wine and specialty cocktails - Enjoy an open bar all weekend long showcasing the best in craft beer, select wine and specialty cocktails at stage-view bars in the Patron Area.
  • Jazz After Dark Entry Both Nights
  • Access to Patron/VIP Area - Enjoy the music from an exclusive, less crowded Patron/VIP Area inside the festival with uninterrupted stage views and a covered, heated lounge with relaxed seating. The Patron/VIP area also features yard games and fire pits.
  • Unobstructed Seated Viewing Area In Front of Stage - The VIP area offers a clear and up-close view of the stage featuring one of the most intimate concert experiences available.
  • Patron Restrooms - Dedicated, upscale restrooms will be available in the VIP and Patron Area.
  • Patron and VIP Priority Check-In at Box Office
  • Priority Entry - Patrons will receive early, priority entry into the Festival and Jazz After Dark shows.
  • Free entry to the Telluride Historical Museum