SAF: Annual Fundraiser, 2021 Holiday Concert Series!

SAF: Annual Fundraiser, 2021 Holiday Concert Series!

The Sheridan Arts Foundation (SAF), the 501c3 non-profit organization that owns and operates Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House,  presents its 2021 Holiday Concert Series. The event features a variety of highly acclaimed performers , who strut their stuff the week after Christmas, each show featuring a different theme. Tickets and additional event information are available at or 970.728.6363 x4. (An additional $5 ticketing fee is charged at all sales outlets for each ticket to the five nights of music.)

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Founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 1991, the SAF’s mission is to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House to provide quality music and entertainment to the Telluride community and offer educational programs to regional and national youth. To support its mission, the SAF produces a Holiday Concert Series each year the week after Christmas leading up to New Year’s Eve featuring diverse entertainment and an exciting New Year’s Eve party.

After taking 2020 off due to Covid, the Holiday Concert Series is back with different ocean-theme parties each night centered around “rising from the depths” following a difficult year.

Through the critical Holiday Patron Fundraiser, the Sheridan Arts Foundation raises funds that ae essential to keeping the doors of the Opera House open. A generous contribution of $8,500 entitles donors to two exclusive seats to each concert of the series, plus a VIP balcony table to the New Year’s Eve Party. To learn more about becoming a Holiday Patron, please call executive director Ronnie Palamar at 970.728.6363 ext. 1. This package is valued at $1,500 and tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

The 2021 Holiday Concert Series begins with Warren Miller’s “Winter Starts Now” ski film, co-sponsored by BootDoctors. That screening take place Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior. Tickets are $20 and general admission. BootDoctors will be doing giveaways of ski and snowboard gear at both screenings. Sunday’s event features a Beach Party theme. Attendees are encouraged to wear a favorite Hawaiian shirt.

John Oates performs songs and stories with Guthrie Trapp at 8 p.m. on Dec. 27, the second night of the Holiday Concert Series. Doors open at 7 p.m.

John Oates is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The American Songwriters Hall of Fame, recipient of the prestigious BMI Icon Award as well as numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations.

John Oates is one-half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. Soaking up the sounds of the 60’s, John has recorded seven solo albums, a memoir titled “Change of Seasons” and a DVD docu-concert called “Another Good Road.”

Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville’s preeminent guitar talents, featuring a brilliant mix of musical influences including country, blues, Latin, reggae, jazz, rock and experimental music.  Monday’s concert features a Seashells-by-the-Seashore theme. Tickets are $60-$75, all reserved seating.

Grammy-nominated Jewel performs two shows for the third night of the Holiday Concert Series, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, mother and advocate. She went from a girl who grew up in Alaska with no running water, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist with one of the best-selling debuts of all times.

Through her career, which has spanned over 20 years, Jewel has earned multiple Grammy Award nominations, an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award among many others honors and, to date, has sold well in excess of 30 million albums worldwide.

As a fundraiser for her Inspring Children Foundation, Jewel will also host an intimate dinner on December 27 at a private residence. Please visit for more info about the dinner packages.

Tuesday’s concerts features a jeweled-treasure-chest theme. Ticket purchasers are encouraged to wear their sparkliest outfit. Tickets for the concert are $125-$275, reserved seats.

The Holiday Concert Series continues with Kiltro, live in concert on Wednesday, Dec. 29, The show starts at 9 p.m. with doors at 8 p.m.

Creatures of Habit, the debut album from Denver-based, indie rock band Kiltro, has put the emerging trio on the musical map. Seamlessly weaving ambient textures and looping guitars, Andean folk with flashes of shoegaze and lively percussion, Kiltro has created a fascinating world, somewhere both familiar and foreign. Wednesday’s theme is “Shake Your Mermaid Tail.” Tickets are $30 GA standing room on the floor and $40 reserved seats.

The fifth night of the Holiday concert features progressive bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band,  Thursday, Dec. 30 at 9 p.m., doors at 8 p.m.

With their latest album, Get Yourself Outside, the Colorado-based quintet continues to solidify its place not only as a pioneering jam-grass act, but also as one of the most innovative groups in live music — a position the group has proudly held high for the better part of a quarter-century.

From selling out Red Rocks Amphi-theatre at a time that was unheard of for string acts, to performing festivals like Bonnaroo, Yonder Mountain was the initial spark in an acoustic inferno decades ago that endures into the 21st century—one  that still burns brightly in the ongoing movement that is jam-grass. This show is sold out but the band plays the following night too.

The 2021 Holiday Concert Series ends with the over-the-top New Year’s Eve “Under the Sea Gala” with Yonder Mountain String Band,  December 31!

Tickets are $100 GA standing room on the main floor which includes a balloon drop at midnight, NYE party favors and a glass of champagne for toasting. Balcony tickets are $250-$500, which include a reserved seat, light fare and an open bar all night.

Doors and open at 9 p.m. with a performance from an aerial silk dancer. Yonder Mountain String Band starts at 10:30 p.m. and plays through midnight.

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, Colorado Creative Industries and CCAASE.

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