Opera House: SoDown, 12/12; JoJo Herman & Jerry Joseph, 12/14!

The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents SoDown live in concert at Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, December 12, 2019, with support from Kyral x Banko and Since JulEYE. Free AfterSHOW with DJ Sound Shepherd in the SHOW Bar immediately following the Main Stage performance. Tickets are $25 general admission on the floor; $35 reserved seats in the balcony. (A $5 ticketing fee is charged at all ticket outlets.)

Next up at the Opera House, JoJo Hermann and Jerry Joseph are live in concert with special guest Sherman Ewing on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Free AfterSHOW with DJ Wombat in the SHOW Bar immediately following the main stage performance. Tickets are $30 general admission on the floor; $40 reserved seats in the balcony. (A $5 ticketing fee is charged at all ticket outlets.)

Tickets and additional event information are available at sheridanoperahouse.com or 970.728.6363 x5.

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SoDown:

“To be SoDown is to seize every opportunity, explore new grounds, try new things, and ultimately live the most epic life possible. This universe is far too beautiful and life is simply too short to not do what makes you happy. Unconditional love is the most powerful force in the world and Bass Music is my way of expressing it,” Ehren River Right.

Ehren River Wright, aka SoDown, is a staple in the Colorado music scene. His first headline show was a huge success, selling out before doors. Thanks to a passionate fanbase, Ehren has quickly taken his music to a national stage, playing many festivals across the US.

A SoDown set is not one to miss. Featuring a live saxophone, Ehren takes the crowd on an intimate, sensory adventure through space and time. His latest tracks showcase a wide array of musical talents, including a keen ear for sound design and production, as well as a never-ending dedication to organic instrumentation. Combining infinite influences, Ehren describes his music as an endlessly evolving medley of many different genres, culminating in a uniquely diverse style of bass music.

The future holds great promise, as SoDown continues to prove himself as one of the most dedicated and innovative acts in the game.

JoJo Hermann & Jerry Joseph:

John “JoJo” Hermann started playing keys with Widespread Panic in 1992. His major influences stem from New Orleans piano players, most notably Professor Longhair and Dr. John. Throughout his career Hermann has brought his New Orleans piano boogie-woogie style into his songwriting.

Jerry Joseph is a prolific and accomplished songwriter, penning hits for Widespread Panic and releasing 30 albums in his 30+ year career: as a solo artist, with the Jackmormons; with supergroup Stockholm Syndrome; in his burning two-piece The Denmark Veseys; or originally, with his beloved 80s cult band, Little Women.

Joseph is also a relentless live performer, playing over 150 shows a year across the globe. He has toured with Vic Chesnutt, Chris Whitley, and Walter Salas-Humara, among others.

Recent musical travels include a stint volunteering as a rock school music teacher in Kabul, Afghanistan; touring Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast with the Jackmormons; and solo tours in Ireland, England, and France, as well as performances in Nicaragua, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nepal, Lebanon, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Brussels, Czech Republic, Iceland, Mexico, and Israel.

Over the years, Joseph and his Jackmormons have shown a penchant for picking a spot on a map, taking over a town, and putting on a festival.

His latest album, 2018’s Full Metal Burqa was inspired by a recent trip to Afghanistan.

In 2014, Jospeh traveled to Kabul to teach music in an underground, co-ed, rock school. On the streets and in the markets of the capital city, the iconic blue burqa and its diamond-shaped mesh veil, synonymous with Taliban-era Afghanistan, is still a commonplace sight. It had a lasting impression on Joseph, and inspired the title and artwork of his Full Metal Burqa.

Minnesota-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sherman Ewing began his solo career in 2002 when he teamed up with producer Godfrey Diamond (Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Billy Squier). In the years that followed, Ewing has been touring nationwide, including several opening stints for his friend John “JoJo” Hermann.

Hermann and Sherman went on to write, record, and perform as Missing Cats in 2012. His band members and writing partners include musicians who have worked with Bob Dylan, Spin Doctors, Hank Williams, Jr., Phish, Keith Richard.

Relix Magazine describes Ewing as, “a triumphant storyteller with a soulful brand of pop-friendly rock that, at times, channels a sound similar to early folk-period Dylan with an upbeat twist.” 

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 CCAASE and Colorado Creative Industries.

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