The Free Sunset Music Series continues tonight (Thursday) with a Calle 66 regional music feature at Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village from 6-8 p.m. Peru.
If the varied mix of salsa sounds didn’t give it away, the show will be full of infectious beats and dancing, which is exactly what the band aims to serve up.
“We served anyone who loves salsa dancing,” founding singer Jackie Zamora previously told the Albuquerque Journal.
Teddy Errico, who has produced the series since 2011 as the Telluride Society for Music and in partnership with the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), said, “It’s always great to see Latin salsa at Telluride. It’s a great way to merge the community in a fun way,” he said. “Jackie Zamora and Calle 66 have always been on my radar as a way to diversify programming, but also showcase great musical talent from the area. We certainly expect a good turnout. »
This year’s series is a little different from years past, especially the inclusion of back-to-back shows most weeks. The presentation of three concerts in the last three weeks was the result of a later start than usual, as Errico was not sure if he could use the Telski-owned place until almost a month after the beginning of the summer season. But after being given the green light, Errico got to work booking as many bands as he could in July and August to put together the program for the 10-act concert series. He admitted he wasn’t sure how the sequel program would be received, but the shows have been well attended so far.
“With such a late start to production on the series and the monsoon weather, we certainly had our challenges with the back-to-back shows. That being said, attendance has been strong as we see typical Wednesday attendance of around 1,000, and Thursdays have seen around half that. It just seems like there’s a lot of competition for social events these days too,” he added.
The series wraps up next week, Wednesday August 10, with a local music feature featuring local talent Chrome Velvet and Niceness.
“Amazingly hard, achingly soft” is how Chrome Velvet describes the musical blend of funk, rock, oldies and soul. A popular local wedding band, Chrome Velvet also have the chops to melt faces in a more traditional concert setting.
Likewise, Niceness is a family gathering of wildly diverse personalities who rally around personal, socio-political and environmental issues, according to the band’s biography. Among its ranks are activists, an organic farmer, a life coach, a permaculture designer, a champion Buddhist bodybuilder, two music teachers, an adventurer, an arborist entrepreneur and a doctor of psychology. The Colorado-based band also have the rare distinction of being fronted by incendiary vocalist, Koral Delatierra, who exudes a shamanic charisma and mesmerizes with a seductively soulful voice, while maintaining a fierce commitment to the philosophy of “art in action”.
“We want people to come to Niceness shows for the quality of the music and our message, and because we have something to say,” Delatierra said.
Find out, and the band’s brand of reggae rock, for yourself next week.
The Sunset Music Series is free to the public thanks to presenting sponsor TMVOA, the Telluride Society for Music and the Telluride Ski and Golf Company. Supporting sponsors include Associate Broker Teddy Errico of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, The Peaks Resort and Spa, By Sutton, Telluride Brewing Company, The Village Market and the Town of Mountain Village. The event takes place rain or shine.