Sheridan-Opera-House-4Live music, arts and children’s programming at the Sheridan Opera House

The Sheridan Arts Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House, is excited to announce its summer 2013 schedule. June through August, there’s something for everyone with free concerts, magic shows, Country Western shows, comedy, and more.

“We tried really hard to offer the community diverse programming this summer,” said Ronnie Palamar, the SAF’s director of programming. “It’s going to be a fun, busy schedule!”

This summer also marks the 100th anniversary of the Sheridan Opera House. The SAF plans to celebrate the milestone with a Speakeasy Gala, a 1920s-themed, black-tie affair featuring the Cab Calloway Orchestra, a legacy auction, and Prohibition-themed drink specials.

“We are very excited about the Gala,” Palamar said. “We will have 10 auction items, representing each decade of the Opera House, and plan to transform the Sheridan Opera House back to its early days.”

The Sheridan Arts Foundation produces a number of its own events, but also rents out the Sheridan Opera House to festivals, non-profits and others throughout the summer. For a complete schedule of rentals please visit

The summer schedule is as follows:

•  22nd annual Wild West Fest: June 3-8, hosting 42 children from Boys & Girls Clubs of America from around the country
• Wild West Fest Benefit Concert with Lord Huron: June 7, free, 8 p.m. show, 7:30 p.m. doors, free admission (online reservations highly suggested), alternative rock
• Hell’s Belles, an all-female AC/DC Tribute Band: June 8, 9 p.m. show, 8:30 p.m. doors $20 GA (plus $3 ticketing fee)
• Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons: June 15, 9 p.m. show, 8:30 p.m. doors, $22 GA plus $3 ticketing fee. Rock.
• Luciano Live in Concert: June 28, 9 p.m., 8:30 p.m. doors, $25 floor GA, $30 reserved balcony. Reggae.
• Sons of Fathers and Honey Island Swamp Band: June 29, 9 p.m. 8:30 p.m. doors, $22 general admission. Texas Americana and Louisiana rock.
• Plein Air Quick Draw & Sale: July 2, 1:30-3 p.m., free and open to the public, 90-minute painting competition along Colorado Avenue with judging at 3:15 p.m. and a public sale to follow outside.
• Artist Choice Preview and Wine Tasting: July 2, VIP invite 5-6 p.m., open to the public 6-8 p.m., invitation only preview for a sneak peak of the week’s best works.
• Plein Air Exhibition and Art Sale: July 3 & 4, all day, Elks Park and Oak Street Park, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with a break for the Fourth of July Parade.
• Speakeasy Gala — celebrating the Sheridan Opera House’s 100th anniversary: July 6, with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, a 1920s black tie affair, $75 or $125 first -class balcony access.
• Dirty Dozen Brass Band: July 11, 9 p.m., 8:30 p.m., $20 plus $3 ticketing fee. New Orleans rock.
• SAFYPT Summer Spectacular with “Pippi Longstocking”: July 22-26, free play Friday July 26, 1 p.m.
• Magic with Eli: July 29, 7 p.m., 6:30 p.m. doors, free to the public, online reservations required.
• An Evening of Comedy with Paula Poundstone: Aug. 4, 8 p.m., 7:30 p.m. doors, $35 reserved seats (cocktail tables up front), $45 balcony reserved seats .
• Asleep at the Wheel,live in concert: Aug. 10, 9 p.m., 8:30 p.m. $35 GA & $45 reserved seats.

Tickets and additional event information are available at or 970.728.6363 x5.

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