Sunset Concert Series & More in Mountain Village

Sunset Concert Series & More in Mountain Village

A returning feature of the 2016 Sunset Concert Series is the Town of Mountain Village’s Entertainment District, which allows for a fluid social atmosphere, literally and figuratively: alcoholic beverages purchased from designated restaurants – Siam Talay, La Piazza, Poachers, and Madeline – can be taken into the Common Consumption Area and enjoyed during the concerts. Deb Madaris will also be around selling her fabulous Fascinators (wild hats). For more on other summer activities in Mountain Village, scroll down to the bottom of the story. To learn about Sunset Concert Series producer Teddy Ericco, listen to his podcast.

If you are not barefoot – or, okay, in flip flops – you are overdressed.

It’s summertime in the Rockies, the season of festivals and farmer’s markets, when groups with improbable names like the Pimps of Joytime and Zydeco Hellraisers sing glory hallelujah to the scent of lupine and the tightness of wild strawberries.

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The Pimps and Zydeco Hellraisers appear in the line-up of the annual Sunset Concert Series, free outdoor shows that take place every Wednesday, starting June 22, on the lawn near Lift 1 in Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village. The music series, produced by Teddy Errico, begins at 6 p.m. to coincide with scenic sunsets.

Now in its 17th year, the Sunset Concert Series returns with a walk down memory lane with the Who Show, followed by the soaring blues lead lines of Albert Cummings. Fourth of July weekend brings special guests The Hill Stompers. Next up is New Orleans rocker Eric Lindell, then Brooklyn Funk/Soul masters Pimps of Joytime; Rock and Soul outfit Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds; Wichita’s Cow punk rocker Split Lip Rayfield; Louisiana Zydeco legend Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers; Colorado’s own Reggae-laced funk and pop band The Samples; and American fiddle/Western Swing trio the Quebe Sisters.



“TMVOA has been very generous in funding the event since 1999 with ‘no strings’ attached. Just a great way to see live music for our locals, tourists and second homeowners for free. I love the way live music creates a sense of community in Mountain Village,” says Teddy.

All nine shows are provided to the public free-of-charge by the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) with help from supporting sponsors Wells Fargo Private Bank, Alpine Bank, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Sweetwater Brewing Company, Telluride Brewing Company, Rodney Strong Vineyards, KOTOfm Radio, Telluride Resort Lodging, Telluride Ski & Golf, The Town of Mountain Village, The Peaks Resort & Spa, and The Market at Mountain Village.

Sunset Concert Series Lineup:

June 22: The Who Show

June 29: Albert Cummings

July 3: Red, White & Blues with Special Guests The Hill Stompers followed by Eric Lindell

July 13: Pimps of Joytime

July 20: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds

July 27: Split Lip Rayfield

August 3: Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

August 10: The Samples

August 17: Quebe Sisters

The eclectic lineup reflects a powerful mix of proven acts and up-and-coming acts sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Teddy , high – over Blues and Brews

Teddy , high – over Blues and Brews

How does Teddy put it all together? Listen to his podcast to find out.

More about the man behind the Series, Teddy Errico:

Little known fact: Realtor (with Sotheby’s International) Teddy Errico played drums in his high school band, then went on to jam in rock bands over a period of 15 years.

Teddy was born in Tarrytown, the home of Washington Irving, made famous by the legend of Sleepy Hollow and located along the Hudson River 15 miles north of New York City.

After college, Teddy worked for an ad agency in Manhattan (hated it), then built houses (hated that too, but claims to have learned a lot), finally deciding that the best way to delay entry into the real world would be to attend grad school. Temple University required an internship before graduation, so Teddy came to Telluride to work at the Telluride Ski and Golf Company. Usual story: he was only supposed to be here for six months.

Teddy’s first job producing concerts happened when he worked in special events for Telski the winters of 1996 – 1998.

Since 1999, Teddy has worked part-time as production director for Steve Gumble’s Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and for other SBG Productions events. Also in 1999, he oversaw the very first Sunset Concert Series – and to pay the bills, became a full time realtor.

“I loved music so much, I brought Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The Meters founding member, Leo Nocentelli to play  at my wedding reception at the Sheridan Opera House.”

Teddy Errico took over production of the Sunset Concert Series in 2011.

He is blissfully married to Sutton Schuler.

Years ago, when asked for his philosophy of life Teddy answered: “Do what makes you happy.”

He is living his intention.

About TMVOA: 

TMVOA is the master owners association for Mountain Village. TMVOA’s mission is to preserve and promote a vital resort community for its members, with attention to creating a sustainable village with a vibrant economy. To accomplish this mission, its primary areas of focus includes event sponsorship, gondola funding, grant awards, and community research.

More about what else is happening in Mountain Village this summer:

Beginning June 15 through August 17, the pedestrian-friendly Heritage Plaza once again comes alive with white tents and Colorado-proud vendors: the Market on the Plaza returns to Mountain Village. Patrons can, of course, expect the basics: farm produce, including eggs, fruits and vegetables, goats milk and cheeses, garden herbs and seasonings. In addition, Heritage Plaza will be dotted with purveyors of arts and crafts: leathers, jewelry, pottery, textiles, soaps and lotions, tinctures and tonics, among other more unusual items.


For more, go here.

In addition to free concerts, new summer activities in Mountain Village include free movies, lectures, wellness events, hikes, and programs for kiddos.

“Based on the success we’ve seen with individual activities in the past, such as the Sunset Concert Series and Family Fun Night, we want to allocate more resources toward providing exciting, year-round programming for Resort guests,” said Matt Windt, vice president of sales & marketing at Telluride Ski Resort. We always want to provide the very best guest experience in Mountain Village so offering a wider variety of activities that appeal to guests of all ages is critical.”


For details, go here.

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