This year, Telluride Ski Resort will mark the end of its winter season with a free concert by nationally acclaimed band G. Love & Special Sauce. After the annual pond skim competition at Gorrono Ranch, the band will take the stage around 3 pm in Mountain Village Core to officially send-off the 2016-2017 ski season. Local favorite, Cousin Curtiss, will bring his signature high-energy performance seen around Telluride all season long to the Mountain Village Core to open for G. Love & Special Sauce in the early afternoon.
G. Love has come a long way in the last 23 years since he was discovered by drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens in a Boston pub. After playing together, they brought in upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and G. Love & Special Sauce was born. Their self-titled debut featuring the hit “Cold Beverage” wound up going gold, and the band became well-known for their live shows.
G. Love & Special Sauce is an alternative hip-hop band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are known for their unique, "sloppy” and "laid back" blues sound that encompasses classic R&B. To this day, the band features Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, Jeffrey Clemens on drums, and Jim Prescott on bass.
After playing with and without Special Sauce over the years, the trio is back together, creating their down and dirty “trashcan blues” sound with their latest album Love Saves the Day , released last October. Live shows featuring raw grooves and funky rock ‘n’ roll are still a rush for the group, with G. Love proudly describing himself as a road dog who “will be touring until [he falls] off the stage.”
Some of you might recognize this G. Love & Special Sauce hit:
The official closing day festivities will kick off at Gorrono Ranch with the annual Pond Skim competition, and a dance party with longtime local favorite DJ Soul Atomic , as well as acoustic jams from Cousin Curtiss . Entry for the annual Pond Skim is free, but limited to the first 100 registrants. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for the best skim, best costume and best wipeout from Telluride Ski Resort sponsors including Smith Optics, Osprey and Helly Hansen.
The Closing Day Celebration is on not-to-miss. Whether enjoying some beautiful, sunny spring skiing or checking out the annual pond skim spills and thrills, there’s always something for everybody to enjoy. We hope you’ll join us throughout the remainder of the season and for many other great events before Closing Day. To see what else is happening around town, be sure to take a look at our Event Calendar .
Be sure to make it out to Telluride for some beautiful spring skiing and to enjoy all of the Closing Day activities that take place here. The Peaks Resort & Spa , Telluride's only ski-in/ski-out and golf-in/golf-out resort, is right in Mountain Village where you can walk to the slopes and Closing Day concert venue. A short, free gondola ride away from the historic Town of Telluride, The Peaks is a great option year-round. If you’re looking for a vacation rental or lodging destination in town, explore all of Telluride's lodging options and our trip planning guide .