Patron Opening Concert with Victor Wooten Band

Thursday, August 8 at 9 pm (Sheridan Opera House)

Distinguished in mountain festival luxury, the Telluride Jazz Festival Patron Experience features a private opening concert with Victor Wooten Band at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Victor Wooten is synonymous with the bass guitar. In fact, Rolling Stone named him one of the top 10 bass guitarists of all time. No argument here.

Victor’s from a musical family and is the youngest of five musician brothers. He learned his instrument because the family band needed a bass player. By the age of 8 he was so good he earned the name Bass Ace.

Now a five-time Grammy winner with a slew of acclaimed solo albums and the distinction of being a founding member of Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, he is sought out as a teacher. But he’s not just any teacher. His camps are intimate affairs in which he takes part every day and, because he’s a naturalist at heart, nature plays a big part in the camp experience. His book, “The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music,” is taught in elite music schools including Berklee College of Music and at Stanford University. He’s a musician that leads with his heart. His playing will fill yours.

Set in the heart of downtown Telluride, the opening concert is an exciting addition to the enhanced 2019 Patron Experience which will treat pass-holders to top-of-the-line festival amenities making for a truly elegant and memorable experience. The Telluride Jazz Festival is proud to offer the first and only on-stage viewing for Patron Pass holders. The viewing area features an unparalleled festival environment allowing Patrons to get as close to the music as possible while taking in a breathtaking 13,000 foot mountain backdrop. Read more below for the complete list of the Patron Experience top-of-the-line amenities. 

  Patron Experience amenities:

  • 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. The full menu will be available in summer 2019.

  • Private Opening Concert - Kick off the festival with a private opening concert by five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten Band at the historic Sheridan Opera House the night before the festival begins. 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 - Telluride Jazz Festival has teamed up with One-To-One Mentoring to enhance the Welcome Reception by replacing the traditional kickoff event with exclusive access to the renowned “Taste of Telluride and Top Chef Competition” at the Peaks Resort in Mountain Village on Thursday, August 8, at 5 pm. Patron pass-holders will be greeted to a culinary tour of Telluride featuring creative cuisine, libations and live music from festival artists. Throughout the evening, pass-holders will sample delights from a variety of restaurants and have a chance to interact with the premiere chefs in the Telluride area. The Top Chef Competition will highlight the reception as local chefs compete in a heated culinary show-down, alongside a Bartender Competition where mixologists will compete for the tastiest and most creative specialty cocktail after receiving a secret basket of ingredients.

  • 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 prepared by mixologist Jonathan Yaseen at stage-view bars in the Patron Area. The full cocktail menu will be available in summer 2019.

  • Jazz After Dark Entry Both Nights

  • Access to "The Final Waltz" Closing Show - The 2019 Telluride Jazz Festival concludes on Sunday, August 11 with a special performance by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio. The trio’s songs will sound both familiar and fresh, laden with deep groove and finger-snapping soul style. The Join us for this energetic show in what is sure to be a memorable way to end the 2019 Telluride Jazz Festival.

  • 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, fire pits and intimate pop-up shows.

  • 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.

  • Free Massage - Enjoy the benefits of free massages provided on-site in the Patron Area daily from 3:00 - 6:00 pm from our team of licensed practitioners. Take your festival experience to the next level! Relieve your pain, stress, and anxiety while increasing your relaxation and general wellness through the healing powers of massage therapy.

  • 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

Passes are on sale now, the word is out and supplies are extremely limited! Don't hesitate to reserve your Patron Experience today!