with the Dirty Bourbon River Show

Vagabond Opera

Vagabond Opera

The Sheridan Opera House is an opera house in name only. We rarely present actual opera on our historic stage. But on Thursday, March 14, a bohemian Portland, Oregon band performs in concert. Vagabond Opera, a neo-cabaret gypsy rock group, features two operatically trained singers. They will be joined by opening support Dirty Bourbon River Show, an original ensemble out of New Orleans which blends gypsy, brass, circus and rock music.

The Washington Post described Vagabond Opera as “a band of ceaseless charisma, boundless energy, impeccable musicianship and more than a little touch of both the naughty and exotic.”

Featuring four singers (again, two operatically trained), two cellos, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, double bass and drums, the Vagabond Opera plays and combination of cabaret, burlesque, tango, Balkan beats, Klezmer, rock, Arab music, Parisian hot jazz, and yes, opera, sings in 15 languages, and mixes their genre-defying original tunes with covers made famous by such artists as Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Raymond Scott and Edith Piaf, all performed with theatrics, flair and an old-world charm.

Vagabond Opera is in the vanguard of the Neo-cabaret phenomenon and through their theatrical performances and eclectic repertoire brings the artistic spirit of Portland, Ore. to the world performing across the U.S. and in Europe. They’ve also played regularly on NPR and have shared stages and players with Pink Martini, DeVotchka, the Decembrists and the Oregon Symphony.

Dirty Bourbon River Show

Dirty Bourbon River Show

Dirty Bourbon River Show is a New Orleans ensemble know for its theatrical pairing of modern day music and old-world gypsy music.

Since forming in early 2009, the Dirty Bourbon River show has released five studio albums and earned a solid reputation for their tight, diverse sound. They have brought their blend of “New Orleans Gypsy Brass Circus Rock” all over the U.S. performing at festivals and respected venues year-round.

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Doors, 7:30 p.m. Curtain up at 8 p.m.

Tickets, $17 and $22 (reserved balcony) are on sale at or by calling 970-728-6363 ext. 5 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. ($3 ticketing fee.)

Any music fans visiting from out of town can save 15 percent on lodging thanks to our generous lodging sponsor Telluride Alpine Lodging with the code 15Show at Find rooms starting as $89 a night.

For a preview, watch this video on Vagabond Opera in action.


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