Telluride Jazz Fest: Headliner Macy Gray at Opening Concert for Patrons

Telluride Jazz Fest: Headliner Macy Gray at Opening Concert for Patrons

With Mountainfilm  in the rear view mirror, Telluride’s summer festival juggernaut is really heating up. Anticipating yet another robust season, the Telluride Jazz Festival, (August 4 – August 6), reveals its 2017 artist lineup, a gift from the new management, Steve Gumble’s SBG Productions, which also programs Telluride Blues & Brews and the Durango Blues Train. 

Festival tickets, including Patron Passes, are on sale now. Patron Experience Passes are $850 per person.

Distinguished in mountain festival luxury, the Telluride Jazz Festival Patron Experience now features a private opening concert with Grammy Award-winning artist Macy Gray. The event takes place at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Doors, 8:30 p.m.; concert 9 p.m.

Scroll down to hear Macy Gray in action.

The following passes are limited in quantities while supplies last: Early Bird 3-Day, Patron Experience, VIP Experience, “Jazz After Dark” and 4-Day Camping passes.

The complete Festival schedule will be released on May 17, 2017, but go here for details of lineup to date.

Single day tickets went on sale May 24, 2017.

For more festival information or to purchase tickets, visit


Set in the heart of downtown Telluride, the Telluride Jazz Festival’s opening concert featuring Macy Gray is the final addition to the enhanced Patron Experience, which will treat pass-holders to top-of-the-line festival amenities making for a truly elegant and memorable experience

The concert is one more distinguished item on the list of upgrades to the Patron Experience including a one-of-a-kind, on-stage seated viewing area accompanied by a full stage-side hosted bar. Event organizers are proud to present the first and only festival in Telluride with on-stage viewing for attendees. This unique viewing area offers an unparalleled festival environment allowing passholders to get as close to the music as possible while taking in a breathtaking mountain backdrop.

Macy Gray’s exclusive opening performance will showcase her distinct vocals backed by a full jazz band performing material from her profound R&B and pop career. With a maximum capacity of 280 attendees, the historic Sheridan Opera House is the ideal venue to extend a truly warm and rustic welcome to the festival. The opening concert was designed exclusively for Patron Experience pass-holders.

Grammy-winning Macy Gray kicks off Telluride Jazz Festival’s Patron Experience with concert at historic Sheridan Opera House.

“We really wanted to go above and beyond and offer the best pass possible with the revamped Patron Experience,” says Festival Director Steve Gumble. “An intimate performance by Macy Gray should be the perfect way to set the mood for a festival of luxury and world class music in our Telluride mountain paradise.”

The complete list of amenities for passholders of the Patron Experience is as follows:

On-Stage viewing with hosted bar – Watch your favorite performance from the side of the Main Stage. Covered on-stage seating offers the most intimate festival experience possible. Experience a clear view of performers and the beautiful Town Park backdrop with an open bar featuring craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails within arm’s reach.

Wine and dine with the artists backstage – Patrons can enjoy special backstage access featuring catered meals by chef Josh Klein, a complimentary bar, covered dining area, and upscale, patron restrooms.

• Opening concert with Macy Gray – Kick-off the weekend with an intimate live performance at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, August 3, before the Festival gets underway in Telluride Town Park.

Private jazz brunch – Enjoy a catered brunch by Telluride’s finest chefs along with live music to start your day off in style on the morning of Saturday, August 5 at Rustico Ristorante.

• Meet-and-Greet with select jazz artists – Patrons have the opportunity to meet and get to know select Festival artists.

Complimentary bar with craft beer, select wine, and specialty cocktails – Enjoy an open bar all weekend long showcasing the best in craft beer, select wine and specialty cocktails at stage-view bars in the Patron Area.

“Jazz After Dark” entry both nights – “Jazz After Dark” is a series of late-night shows on Friday and Saturday nights located in various venues throughout Telluride. Patrons can attend three different shows each night.

Access to Patron/VIP Area – Enjoy the music from an exclusive, less crowded Patron/VIP Area inside the festival with uninterrupted stage views, a covered, heated lounge with relaxed seating, complete with yard games and fire pits.

Unobstructed seated viewing area in front of stage – The Patron area offers a clear and up-close view of the stage featuring one of the most intimate concert experiences available.

Patron restrooms – Dedicated, upscale restrooms will be available in the VIP and Patron Area.

• Patron and VIP priority check-in at box office

Priority festival entry – Patrons will receive early, priority entry into the Festival and “Jazz After Dark” shows.

Free entry to the Telluride Historical Museum.

To read more about the 2017 Patron Experience, go here.



About Telluride Jazz Festival:

The historical mining town of Telluride sits nestled in a scenic box canyon at 8,750 feet, surrounded by 13,000 foot peaks, and is a prized gem of the Rocky Mountains. Located at a legendary outdoor venue, Telluride Town Park, the 41st Telluride Jazz Festival is scheduled for August 4-6, 2017.

Combining a rich tradition of preserving the American Jazz art form with an unmatched aesthetic experience, SBG Productions brings a new era to the Telluride Jazz Festival, showcasing three days and nights of world class jazz, funk, soul, folk, and gospel, with a goal of community engagement and student education.

Unmatched scenery and a musically-charged local culture accompanied by a wide variety of special events including artist workshops, daily winery and distillery tastings, panel discussions, plus children’s activities, cozy late night club shows, and much more will round out the weekend celebration.

This year’s artist lineup features Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Bootsy Collins & World-Wide Funk Drive, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Miles Mosley + The West Coast Get Down and many more.

For a full lineup, visit

About SBG Productions:

A full-service event and festival production company since 1994, SBG Productions specializes in the unique, multi-faceted live music experiences of the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, and Durango Blues Train.

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