The Patron Experience

world class Luxury festival experience

The Patron Experience is by far the best way to attend the Telluride Jazz Festival! With an on-stage seated viewing area and catered meals with the artists backstage, 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.

Patron Passes include a charitable donation to The Telluride Society for Jazz, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), and supports music education and artist workshops throughout the festival. As such, a portion of the ticket cost ($200 on Early Bird Passes and $400 on Regular Passes) can be deducted on income taxes as a charitable contribution.


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.

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.

Jazz After Dark Entry Both Nights

After the festival ends in Town Park on Friday and Saturday (August 9 and 10), the music will continue into the night at Jazz After Dark shows located around town in Telluride's best indoor nightclubs and historic venues. Once the "Jazz After Dark" series gets jamming, a walk down Main Street feels like a walk down Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. Here, you can catch your choice of acts in an intimate, up close and personal setting at three venues.

Eligible to purchase Safari Cabanas

Safari Cabanas are the ultimate way for groups to attend the Telluride Jazz Festival! Enjoy the Main Stage entertainment from the comfort of your own Colorado Yurt Cimarron Tent curated with luxurious conveniences and a concierge service. These specialty tents are outfitted with comfortable decor, a covered front porch, fire pit and relaxed seating for eight. Safari Cabanas are a great place for groups to spend the day or just call their home base in Telluride Town Park.

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.

Priority Check-In at Box Office

Skip the line and get straight to the fun with a dedicated check in.

Priority Entry To Festival And Jazz After Dark Shows

Get set-up at a comfortable pace with 15 minutes of early, priority entry before the general public.

Free entry to the Telluride Historical Museum

Situated in a historic, refurbished 1896 hospital, The Telluride Historical Museum brings Telluride’s past to life through exhibits, tours and events. The exhibits feature artifacts that highlight eras in the region's diverse history. The museum also employs expert historians to offer tours and insight of the museum and the many historic landmarks around town.


Culinary Experience

Tantalize your taste buds with this sensational 'Tour De Food'

Styled out for the 43rd year, the Patron Experience is by far the most luxurious way to attend the Telluride Jazz Festival. Featuring catered meals alongside 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.

New for 2019

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. The reception will be followed by a private Opening Concert at the Sheridan Opera House.

Full event details including food and drink menus of the new kickoff event will be announced in the upcoming months.

CHEF JOSH KLEIN - festival culinary director

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.

Putting an emphasis on high quality, locally-sourced and fresh ingredients, this year's Patron Experience features an eclectic food menu served in a cozy, covered Patron Lounge located backstage at the festival.

 
 

Craft Cocktail Experience

Step up to the bar and grab yourself a refreshing craft cocktail

The sophisticated menu of craft cocktails at the 2019 Telluride Jazz Festival is the final touch to the elegant Patron and VIP Experiences. Our extensive selection of mixed drinks featuring premium vodka, gin, whiskey, and tequila will keep you feeling festive all day long.

JONATHAN YASEEN - FESTIVAL MIXOLOGIST AND Beverage Director

Co-owner and operator of Telluride's cutting-edge bar and restaurant, "there...", Jonathan Yaseen is a master mixologist who has earned quite a name for himself through his inventive, handcrafted signature drinks. With two restaurant locations having earned noteworthy write-ups and awards from the New York Times, Denver Post, Vogue Magazine, Zagat, Eater and Westword, Jonathan is a true beverage virtuoso.

Extending beyond the restaurant landscape, Jonathan is lending his talents to the festival by creating an elevated assortment of craft cocktails designed specifically for Patron and VIP Experiences at the 43rd Annual Telluride Jazz Festival. Explore the full list below. Cheers!

 
 

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