The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association invites everyone to the Red White and Blues Concert and music celebration on the Sunset Concert Series stage. The party happens at Sunset Plaza, on the lawn near Lift 1 on Tuesday, July 3. This year’s featured artist is New Orleans favorites Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. (Music starts at 4:00 p.m., rain or shine. ) In addition to Neville’s set, family-friendly activities begin at 2:00 p.m. and include bungee trampoline, jumping castle, face painting. Telluride Foundation celebrates its 12th anniversary with an ice cream social benefiting the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.
Formed in 2003, Dumpstaphunk was initially assembled by keyboardist Ivan Neville on a whim, to perform a solo slot at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Ivan tastefully selected the unique double-bass attack of both Nick Daniels and Tony Hall on bass, enlisted his own bloodlines for the scorching guitar rhythms of cousin, Ian Neville, and most recently, added the newest member to the group, heavy-hitting female protégé Nikki Glaspie on drums. The project has since grown from a chance side-project into what is now widely considered to be one of New Orleans’ most prestigious modern funk ensembles. An offspring with a direct lineage to their fathers in The Meters and The Neville Brothers, Dumpstaphunk is a recipe for creating a new standard for an entire genre.
Dumpstaphunk has unleashed notable performances at some of the nation’s largest music extravaganzas including Bonnaroo, VoodooFest, 10,000 Lakes, New Orleans Jazzfest 2005-2011, High Sierra, All Good, JamCruise 2011, and Monterey Jazz Festival. The band continues to develop its sound and further push the envelope within a progressive funk sound that has arguably become the most defining in the modern genre from New Orleans. The band continues to receive accolades and awards such as “New Orleans Best Funk Band” by Offbeat Magazine and Gambit Weekly in 2007 and 2009. The group also took home the trophy for Best Funk Award at the 2010 Big Easy Awards.
In addition to the Red White and Blues Celebration, the Town of Mountain Village holds its Market on the Plaza from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Heritage Plaza on July 3. In addition to farmers and artisans selling their goods, the five-star Wilkinson Public Library is excited to bring three programs to Mountain Village. As part of the Market festivities, Chef Bud’s series “Books and Cooks” will feature Chef Lisa Dahl from Sedona. Chef Dahl plans to prepare a dish from one of her five-star restaurants in Arizona.
Author of “The Elixir of Life: Love and Joy in the Passionate Pursuit of Food,” Dahl aspires to teach others how to nourish themselves with “life’s magical elixirs.” Later in the day, the library invites everyone to revel in the language of poetry with a performance from the Talking Gourds. Hosts Art Goodtimes and Rosemary Wahtola Trommer will guide a special performance by authors Laurie Wagner Buyer and W.C. Jameson. Specializing in works about the West, these authors are sure to provide a spicy appetizer for the evening’s musical performance. Later in the evening, the Wilkinson Public Library will kick-off its film series, Lawnchair Cult Classics, outside at dusk in conjunction with the Telluride Conference Center. The program, which features a free film on the first Tuesday of every month, will screen some of the classic cult films from the 1970s and 1980s such as “Better off Dead,” “Star Wars,” and “The Goonies.” Kicking off the series will be a reformatted blue-ray version of “The Wizard of Oz.”
New to this year’s Red White and Blues celebration, the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Telluride Plein Air event is bringing its beloved Quick Draw event to Mountain Village. In its 9th year, Telluride Plein Air is a celebration of outdoor painting which hosts 31 professional plein air artists in the area Friday, June 29 – Thursday, July 5. The Quick Draw begins at 2 p.m. during the Market on the Plaza. The artists will spread out throughout the Village for a 90-minute painting competition. This unique event provides the public an opportunity to view artists in action and purchase paintings at a special price when the event ends. The competition will be judged by the Ah Haa School for the Arts in Heritage Plaza at 3:45 p.m. The public sale follows. The winner will receive a cash award and their piece will be featured at the 2012 Ah Haa School’s Art Auction.
Red White and Blues is completely free and open to the public and is sponsored by The Peaks Resort & Spa, Hotel Madeline, The Little Bar at Lumiere, Telluride Resort Lodging, All Phases Event Group, Telluride Alpine Lodging, Telluride Brewing Company and The Market at Mountain Village.
For more information about the Red White and Blues Concert, contact the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association at (970) 728-1904 or visit http://www.tmvoa.org.