Sheridan Arts Foundation/Telski Present “The Wailers”

Sheridan Arts Foundation/Telski Present “The Wailers”

“I Want to Love You.”

The Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Ski Resort are proud to present reggae legends The Wailers, live in concert at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village, the second installment of the Winter Music Series. Concert takes place Sunday, February 8. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission (plus a $3-$3.50 ticketing fee) or $80 for limited VIP tickets.


The Wailers pay another visit to Telluride a year following the 30th  anniversary of the release of Legend in 1984. Named by Time Magazine as the “Best Album of the 20th Century” and No. 46 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Legend is also the best selling reggae album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

With Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums and played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. In England alone, they’ve notched up over 20 chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts such as Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East.

Their nucleus was formed in 1969, when Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh recruited the Barrett brothers – bassist Aston “Family Man” and drummer Carly – from Lee Perry’s Upsetters to play on hits such as “Lively Up Yourself,” “Trenchtown Rock,” “Duppy Conqueror,” and many more.

Inspired by Rastafari and their ambitions of reaching an international audience, this is the line-up that pioneered roots rock reggae and was signed to Island Records in 1971. Bunny and Peter left two years later. It was at that point that the in-demand Barrett brothers – whose rhythms also underpinned innumerable seventies reggae hits by other acts – assumed the title of Wailers, and were backed Marley on the group’s international breakthrough album, Natty Dread. Under Family Man’s musical leadership, they then partnered with Bob Marley on the succession of hit singles and albums that made Marley a global icon, winner of several Lifetime Achievement awards, and Jamaica’s best-loved musical superstar. Drummer Carlton “Carlie” Barrett died in 1987, leaving his brother as the main beneficiary of the Wailers’ mantle.

The anchor of the band is Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who was co-producer on many of Marley’s records and is responsible for almost all the bass lines of Marley’s hits.

Tickets for this special night of reggae music are $25 general admission. (Please note, there will be no seats in the venue, dancing is highly encouraged!) Limited VIP tickets are also available. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m., ending before the midnight closure of the Gondola.

To purchase tickets visit or call 970-728-6363 ext 5.

Guests visiting from out of town for this show can receive 15 percent off lodging by using the code 15Show when booking a room at

For a preview of the show, 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, CCAASE, CCI & Just For Kids. 

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