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.
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.
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.
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.
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.