Red, White & Blues in the Mountain Village, July 3

Red, White & Blues in the Mountain Village, July 3

[click “Play” to hear Jim Riley’s conversation with Susan]

RWBFINAL Over the Fourth of July weekend, any lines in the sand between “uptown,” the Mountain Village and “downtown,” the Town of Telluride, dissolve in simple addresses with a single purpose: party large in celebration of our nation’s independence.

The fun begins in Telluride with the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s annual Telluride Plein Air Celebration starting July 2. The fun continues on Saturday July 3,  when the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association presents a free concert featuring Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers,  a stand-out example of the jump/swing revival performing blues, swing and bop. The concert takes place in Sunset Plaza at the top of Lift 1 starting at 4 p.m., while family activities start at 2 p.m.

Lavay Smith is a throwback to the days of va va va voom pin-ups. Tricked out in vintage threads, when she opens her mouth to sing, she conjures memories of jazz/blues divas such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith. The Skillet Lickers are the real deal too. Comprised of four horns (trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone), piano, bass, and drums, they sport some major league jazzy chops.
“I love this band-they’re great,” President Bill Clinton. Nuff said?

In addition to the music, TMVOA offers family-friendly activities beginning at 2 p.m.: bungee trampoline, jumping castle, face painting. And the Telluride Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary with an ice cream social to benefit the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program.

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to TMVOA’s Operations Administrator Jim Riley’s interview.
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