The Ride Festival hits Telluride, Colorado in only one week, July 11-12, 2015! Each summer, the thoughtfully curated Americana/rock festival nestles seamlessly into its stunning mountain setting for a world-class, weekend-long destination music experience.
The schedule is released, and I for one cannot wait for 2 nights of WSMFP! Widespread Panic has been absolutely killing their summer tour, and every show just keeps getting better and better!
Just two weeks before RIDE, Panic just completed an epic three night Red Rocks run, quickly approaching fifty consecutive sold out shows at the infamous venue and holding their record strong at 48. Panic played some amazing covers including The Band’s “Ophelia” and “The Shape I’m In” and a dirty cover of Tom Waits’ “Goin’ Out West” with New Orleans Suspects pianist CR Gruver – just in the first night. The Saturday show featured Grateful Dead cover “Cream Puff War” to pay tribute to the Santa Clara Fare Thee Well kickoff, and Sunday came together with “Use Me,” “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers, as well as a tribute to recently deceased Yes bassist Chris Squire on “The Fish. Never miss a Sunday show – and we are in for another one next weekend!
Telluride Town Park
Telluride Town Park is home to a multitude of activities throughout the year. During the summer, it is host to many music festivals and the Park’s campground, and various outdoor activities. The historic Fred Shellman Memorial Stage, in Telluride Town Park, is the main performance venue for The RIDE Festival. This world-class venue is one of the most beautiful places to experience an outdoor music festival. As Steve Earle summed up after a RIDE Festival performance, “It’s a beautiful venue. The only problem is not forgetting your lyrics when you’re looking at the scenery. The view off the stage is by far the best in the world, the best I’ve ever played.”
Sunset Plaza is located in Mountain Village along Mountain Village Boulevard towards the core area. Conveniently located with easy access from Blue Mesa Parking Lot, the Chondola, and Gondola, which offers free transportation from down-town Telluride to Mountain Village. Sunset plaza is aptly named for its west-facing orientation resulting in a magnificent sunset back-drop for the stage.
The Sheridan Opera House is truly center stage in Telluride’s thriving arts community. Historic, intimate and beautiful, it is an extraordinary venue for everything from concerts to movie premieres to private events. The Historic Sheridan Opera House was built by the Telluride miners in 1913 as a vaudeville theater and cultural center, attracting variety shows, orchestras and touring theater companies. Performers from Lillian Gish to Sarah Bernhardt to Jackson Browne to Jimmy Buffet have graced its stage. In 1991 the Sheridan Arts Foundation was created, saving the Opera House from demolition.
Once one of Telluride’s oldest bars, this building contains a period piece downstairs, an 1860 Brunswick-Balke-Collener Company bar of carved walnut, with exquisite 12-foot French mirrors on the back bar. The Roma was one of the wildest and most raucous saloons in town. It was renovated in 1983, and again in 2006 to become a Pan-Asian restaurant called Honga’s Lotus Petal.
Founded with the original brick hotel, the Historic Bar is one of the oldest bars in the west and a dear favorite among the locals. Come and enjoy a warming cocktail after a long day on the slopes or chat with locals to discover the best-kept secrets of Telluride. The bar has remained unchanged since 1895, boasting its original lead glass divider panels, mahogany wood paneling and filigree light fixtures. This piece of the town’s history is a tried and true good time. Join us at the hand-carved bar for a finely aged scotch or a pint of your preferred lager.