Opera House: Tony Furtado Band

Opera House: Tony Furtado Band

Banjo and slide guitar player Tony Furtado, known to be gregarious, engaging and entertaining both on and off stage, returns to the historic Sheridan Opera House on Saturday, January 10. Doors are at 8 p.m. and show time is 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the show, available here, are general admission: $20 GA on the floor and $30 reserved seats in the balcony plus a $3 ticketing fee.

Tony Furtado

Tony Furtado

Furtado is widely considered a genius on banjo and slide guitar for his creative interpretation of Americana and indie folk/rock and he is an indie record label’s dream artist.

Furtado has lived primarily on the road for the last two decades and in his latest albums has often been compared to Ry Cooder and Paul Simon because he gentles his attention to detail and proclivity for traditional music into a pop framework. Onstage, whether playing with a band or solo, Furtado owns the room, mixing stories of his travels with off-the-charts musicianship.

Tony Furtado grew up in Pleasanton, CA and took up the banjo at age 12. At age 19, he entered himself and WON his first of a pair of National Banjo Championships in Winfield, Kansas. Hailed as a prodigy, he signed his first record deal with Rounder Records in 1992. Furtado then went on to record six albums for the prestigious indie label, collaborating with the likes of Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, and Kelly Joe Phelps among others. In the late 90s, adding slide guitar and songwriting to his arsenal, Furtado began fronting his own band and touring heavily throughout the U.S. This shift was inspired and influenced by the paths taken by musical heroes such as Ry Cooder, David Lindley, and Taj Mahal. He has gone on to record and produce albums for Dualtone, What Are Records, and Funzalo Records.

Additional event information is available at sheridanoperahouse.com or 970.728.6363 x5.

For a taste of what’s in store, watch this video:

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation and CCAASE.

About the Telluride Arts District:


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The historic Sheridan Opera House is a key player in the Telluride Arts District, a Colorado Certified Creative District, www.TellurideArts.org

The Telluride Arts District is a Colorado Certified Creative District, and works in partnership with the Town of Telluride, Colorado Creative Industries, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Telluride Arts District offices are located in the historic Stronghouse at 283 South Fir Streetand at Gallery 81435 at 230 South Fir Street

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