Opera House: DeVotchKa Live In Concert, 7/28

DeVotchKa plays Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House on Saturday, July 28, 2018. The SHOW Bar and doors open at 8 p.m.; music begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 GA floor; $40 reserved balcony, plus $4 ticketing fee.Tickets and information: sheridanoperahouse.com or 970.728.6363 x5.

From their humble beginnings as the backing band for burlesque shows, to performing for 80,000 people at the Stade de France in support of Muse, Devotchka has grown over more than a decade fusing their influences into a new, yet authentic genre completely of their own.

DeVotchKa is Nick Urata (vocals, guitars, theremin, trumpet, piano); Jeanie Schrder (acoustic bass, sousaphone); Shawn King (drums, percussion, trumpet); and Tom Hagerman (violin, viola, accordion, piano).

Their first major break came when Nic Harcourt of KCRW introduced his listeners to a then unknown rock band on his daily radio show, “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Filmmakers Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton were listening that day, and stumbled upon the sound for their movie, “Little Miss Sunshine.” A critical and box office hit, the film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, while DeVotchKa’s soundtrack earned a Grammy nod.

Through international and national tours, festival appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, and sold out shows at iconic venues like The Fillmore in San Francisco and Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado, Devotchka’s sound has spread across the globe. Over six intricately crafted albums and years of unique performances, including with the symphonies of Colorado, Portland, and Seattle, they have grown a cult following as dedicated and sincere as any in music.

Since the release of their last album, 100 Lovers, ringleader and frontman Nick Urata has continued to busily build on that success, scoring beloved movies such as Paddington and Crazy, Stupid, Love and Netflix’s critically acclaimed hits A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Dangerous Book for Boys.

This rare short tour through the mountains and deserts on the West, to towns the group rarely get a chance to perform, is not be one to miss.

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 and Just For Kids.

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