This summer’s Blue River Series brings the highest profile bands to Breckenridge ever, because this year, the Breckenridge Music Festival has partnered with the Town of Breckenridge to deliver the goods.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Straight off of headlining the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue roll its New Orleans “fire and brimstone” into Breckenridge’s Riverwalk Center June 20.The band made a splash with its Grammy-nominated debut album in 2010 and has gone on to tour five continents, featuring its hit single, “Fire and Brimstone.” The band continues to heat up the summer with shows at festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, New Orleans Jazzfest and Hangout.

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival soulfully seduces audiences with its expressive songwriter qualities. Though the band calls the tiny corner of Nederland, CO home, its musicians hail from all points across the nation, which allows them to fuse rock with Celtic, gypsy, alternative country and folk sounds. During every show, each musician takes a turn at highlighting his or her vocal prowess.

Elephant Revival comes June 25.

Elephant Revival comes June 25.

The band’s latest album, “These Changing Skies” garnered National Public Radio’s Top 10 Folk and Americana Albums of 2013 award. They play Breck June 25.

Jerry Jeff Walker

The original singer of the 1960’s “Mr. Bojangles” ambles over to the Riverwalk July 10. The Outlaw Country’s founding father, Jerry Jeff Walker, made a name for himself after spending a night in a New Orleans “drunk tank” and meeting the inspiration for his hit single.

Jerry Jeff Walker plays the Riverwalk July 10.

Jerry Jeff Walker plays the Riverwalk July 10.

Since 1967, Walker has pumped out an impressive list of releases, up to his latest, in 2009: “Moon Child.” He’s still a favorite in Breckenridge and can really get a crowd going, along with his band.

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Nashville husband and wife team Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are known as some of the world’s best banjo players. They hit the Riverwalk Center July 27.

Washburn picks the banjo so fast that the first time Fleck listened to her CD (obviously, before they were married), he pushed the petal to the metal so fast, a cop pulled him over for speeding and made him walk the line.

Since then, the duo has been playing original and traditional folk favorites, all rooted in soul.

The Infamous Stringdusters

Five traditional bluegrass instrumentalists combine to push the genre forward. Similar to Fleck and Washburn, they earned a reputation as “fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds.” The band delivers a new generation of bluegrass with virtuosity.

The Infamous Stringdusters’ unique sound has earned them IBMA awards, a Grammy nomination for best country instrumental and top standings on the charts. Catch them in Breck Aug. 10.

The Infamous Stringdusters blast bluegrass into Breck Aug. 10.

The Infamous Stringdusters blast bluegrass into Breck Aug. 10.

Tickets and more

To purchase tickets for any of the shows in the Blue River Series, call the Riverwalk Center Tuesdays through Sundays at 970-547-3100 or purchase online.

“We know this year will be the most exciting ever,” said Olivia Grover, Blue River Series talent buyer,” and we invite everyone to join in on the fun.”

A quick look at the line-up and prices

June 20, 7:30 p.m.: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, $25 advance, $30 day of show
June 25, 7:30 p.m.: Elephant Revival, $20 advance, $25 day of show
July 10, 7:30 p.m.: Jerry Jeff Walker, $33 advance, $38 day of show, $48 premium reserved tickets
July 27, 7:30 p.m.: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, $30 advance, $35 day of show
Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.: The Infamous Stringdusters, $20 advance, $25 day of show
Box office: 970-547-3100 or purchase tickets online.

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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