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Sunset Concert Series returns to Mountain Village this summer

TELLURIDE, Colorado (May 24, 2017) - Mountain Village will come alive this summer on Wednesday nights as the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association presents live music as part of its 18th annual Sunset Concert Series.

The Summer Concert Series consists of nine shows that take place on the lawn near Lift 1 in the Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village – attendance is free of charge. The concerts start at 6 pm and as the music fills the air, the sunset lights up the Wilson range in one of the most spectacular music settings in the country. The Series kicks off June 21 and runs through August 16. (View the full line-up of summer music and movies in Mountain Village.) 

“TMVOA is proud to bring another summer season of music to Mountain Village,” said Anton Benitez, TMVOA Executive Director. “We look forward to having our members, guests and visitors come together for this weekly community event that has become one of the great summer traditions in the region.”  Mountain Village bursts with energy on show nights. Several restaurants provide dine-in and to-go meals, while other attendees bring their own picnic dinners. 

“A returning feature of the event this year will be the Town of Mountain Village’s Entertainment District,” Benitez said. “This allows for a fluid social atmosphere where alcoholic beverages purchased from attached restaurants can be taken into the Common Consumption Area and enjoyed during the concerts.” 

The music line up for 2017 includes: June 21: The Kitchen Dwellers; June 28: R.LUM.R; July 3 (Monday): Red, White & Blues with Lizz Wright; July 12: The Main Squeeze; July 19: New Orleans Suspects; July 26: Katy Guillen and the Girls; August 2: Diego Figueiredo; August 9: Sam Outlaw; August 16: Rualle Bualle. 

“This is one of most diverse and high profile lineups in the history of the series,” said Teddy Errico, Producer of the music series. “Together these bands have garnered millions of You Tube views. Personally, there is no one artist that I am really looking forward to more than the other. What I am excited about is something truly different week in and week out. Whatever kind of music you like, you’ll find it this summer in the Mountain Village.” 

Indeed, diversity is the hallmark of this summer’s line-up. Bluegrass, R&B, Jazz, Gospel, Funk, Rock n’ Roll, Brazilian Flamenco guitar, Country and Irish Celtic Rock will be on display throughout the course of the summer series. 

The Sunset Series gets off to a start on June 21 when the Montana based Bluegrass band The Kitchen Dwellers kick off the series. The show is a homecoming of sorts for mandolin player Shawn Swain who grew up in Telluride. Swain is the son of The Town of Mountain Village’s Finance Director Kevin Swain and his wife Barb. “The band’s first record just came out and debuted at #17 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart,” Swain said. “The dwellers have been grinding on the road for the last several years and their hard work is paying off. Shawn is thrilled to be playing in his hometown.” 

Next up is R&B singer R.L.UM.R whose career has skyrocketed in the last year when his single “Frustrated’ was featured on Sirius Radio’s channel “The Hear.” His soulful music includes a heavy dose of R&B with elements of Electronic Dance Music. 

The July 4th weekend festivities will be accentuated by Lizz Wright’s world class Jazz and Gospel sounds. Her musical compositions and vocal style led her to be compared to Norah Jones. Her first album, Salt, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Chart. Her next release, Dreaming Wide Awake, reached No. 1 on the same chart. 

The next two bands on the line-up will bring the funk when The Main Squeeze and New Orleans Suspects hit the stage on July 12th and 19th respectively. The all women trio Katy Guillen and the Girls will blow minds with their hard driving rock n’ roll on July 26th. 

Brazilian Flamenco guitarist Diego Figueiredo will bring an international flair to the series on August 2nd as will series closer Ruaille Buaille from Ireland on August 16th. These two bands sandwich country singer Sam Outlaw on August 9th. 

The Sunset Series is provided to the public free of charge by TMVOA and The Telluride Society for Music. Supporting sponsors include Alpine Bank, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Rodney Strong Vineyards, KOTO FM Radio, Telluride Resort Lodging, Telluride Ski & Golf, The Town of Mountain Village, The Peaks Resort & Spa, and The Market at Mountain Village.

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