Annual drinking of the green & festival season rundown

Annual drinking of the green & festival season rundown
Chris Aaland - 03/14/2019

All aboard the Shamrock Express! The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad hosts a St. Patty’s Day train to Cascade Canyon from 9:45 a.m. ‘til 3 p.m. Sunday. Irish beer and drink specials abound, with BREW Pub & Kitchen crafting a special Irish red beer for the occasion. The Kitchen Jam Band will play on the platform in front of the Depot before departure as well as on board the train, where they’ll move from car to car.

Other St. Patty’s Day highlights include a traditional Irish music jam session at the Irish Embassy Pub at 12:30 p.m. (it’s a weekly occurrence, but with extra flare on the holiday) and corned beef & cornhole at the American Legion Post 28 at 1 p.m.

Christmas comes early this year, as Ska hosts its annual Mexican Logger release party at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the World Headquarters. This year, Lawn Chair Kings will perform, meaning the first pairing of Durango’s favorite party band with its favorite summer beer.

But let’s not get carried away yet. Summer is still months away, and the powder keeps building up in the San Juans. If you’re heading up to Telluride, catch Galactic at 7 p.m. at the Sheridan Opera House. New Orleans mainstays for more than 20 years, Galactic has fused jazz, funk, rock and hip-hop. Their 10th and brand-new record, “Already Ready Already,” features vocalist Eric Falls (who joins them in Telluride), as well as Princess Shaw, Miss Charm Taylor, David Shaw (of the Revivalists), Nahko (of Nahko & Medicine for the People) and Boyfriend.

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you already purchased your tickets to KDUR’s Cover Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Animas City Theatre. If you’re new to the game, more than a dozen local bands unite to support community radio while covering a chosen band. This time around, it’s the Talking Heads. Tickets sold out nearly  nstantly, but if you’re hoping for a miracle, bother Rachel at 970-247-7628.

KSUT’s spring membership drive is nearly done, but you still have a chance to pledge your support and win a trip for two to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. At 6 p.m. Friday, one lucky member will be drawn to receive a pair of weekend passes, airfare for two and lodging for five nights. This year, the winner will attend the first weekend (Thurs.-Sun., April 25-28) and see the likes of Van Morrison, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Katy Perry, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Leon Bridges, the Doobie Brothers and hundreds more. There’s also nearly a dozen morning, afternoon and day prizes to be drawn the next two days. Pledge now at www.ksut.org to support public radio in the Four Corners.

3rd Ave. Arts hosts the weeklong 12th annual Durango Bach Festival starting on Sunday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Dozens of musicians will perform during seven concerts spanning six days, with more than 50 students at two dedicated student concerts. Another highlight is Bach’s Lunch, a series of noon recitals with luncheons following, taking place daily from Monday through Friday. “Noon concerts offer the opportunity to hear a large variety of music over the week in fun, short bursts,” executive director and festival founder C. Scott Hagler said. “Audiences can hear everything from the flute, violin, cello, harpsichord, organ and vocalists to a trumpet ensemble.”

Bestselling author and Comedy Central alumnus Kyle Cease brings laughter and personal evolution together from 9 a.m. ‘til 4 p.m. Sunday at the Community Concert Hall. This daylong event features frequent breaks, including one for lunch.

Elsewhere: Andrew Schuhmann plays Ska Brewing at 5 p.m. tonight; Plursday at the Starlight brings Spark Madden from 9 ’til close tonight; and Matt Rupnow is at the Starlight from 6-9 p.m. Friday, followed by DJ Hakan from 9 ’til close.

Now getting back to summer. Many of the regional festivals have started announcing lineups. Here are a few highlights:

1. SBG Productions – the fine folks who bring us Telluride Blues & Brews and Telluride Jazz – just announced the lineup for the second series of Durango Blues Trains (Aug. 16-17). Tickets went on sale Wed., March 13. The highlight is Duwayne Burnside, a singer, guitarist and one of 14 children born to legendary North Mississippi musician R.L. Burnside. Other performers include Nashville quartet the Blackfoot Gypsies; self-professed “One Whoaman Band” Molly Gene; veteran Blues Train artist Low Volts; Durango’s own Kirk James; and multi-instrumentalist Randall Conrad Olinger. This thing always sells out, and quickly!

2. Durango Bluegrass Meltdown (April 12-14) features Junior Sisk & Friends, Songs from the Road Band, the Larry Keel Experience, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, FY5 and Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams.

3. Pagosa Folk’n Bluegrass (June 7-9) includes the Del McCoury Band, the Travelin’ McCourys, Sierra Hull, and Sam Reider & the Human Hands, among others.

4. Telluride Bluegrass (June 20-23) has all the usual suspects returning, plus Grammy darlings Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves, Lake Street Dive, and a Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band reunion (they once ruled the Durango bluegrass scene more than a decade ago before splintering into Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, the Infamous Stringdusters and other groups).

5. The Ride (July 12-14) presents two nights of Widespread Panic, plus Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Rose Hill Drive and more.

6. RockyGrass (July 26-28) finds the Soggy Bottom Boys, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Del McCoury and I’m With Her along the banks of the St. Vrain River.

7. Rhythms on the Rio (Aug. 2-4) spins the jams with Fruition, the Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin Band, Kyle Hollingsworth Band and Bill Nershi along the Rio Grande in South Fork.

8. Telluride Jazz (Aug. 9-11) welcomes back Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Lettuce, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Victor Wooten and Turkuaz.

10. Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (Aug. 16-18) has Ben Folds, Ani DiFranco, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones gracing the Lyons’ stage in its initial lineup announcement.

11. Four Corners Folk Festival (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) brings the Earls of Leicester, Billy Strings, Darrell Scott, Amy Helm, Molly Tuttle, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, and many more to Reservoir Hill.

A few others haven’t yet announced their lineups, but the dates are included so you can plan your musical itinerary: Music in the Mountains (July 6-28) and Telluride Blues & Brews (Sept. 13-15).

‘Tis like the morn in spring? Email me at chrisa@gobrainstorm.net

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