Anyone who has ever attended any of the large festivals in Telluride can hardly begin to imagine the close-knit local feeling of the Telluride Jazz Festival. Ask a local and they’ll explain that some of the other festivals that hit town are for musical tourists, whereas Telluride Jazz is for locals. Miraculously, Telluride Jazz, which turned 40 last year, has been able to maintain a homegrown feeling, while attracting international superstars to celebrate the art, soul, history and future of the genre. The festival’s Jazz After Dark late-night concert series puts artists from the main stage into historic venues for an intimate live music experience.
Lineup: Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Bootsy Collins & World-Wide Funk Drive, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, The Suffers, Fatso, Vaud and the Villians, Davina and the Vagabonds, Ranky Tanky, Hazel Miller Gospel Band, Cha Wa Mardi Grad Indian Band and more
Distance from Denver: 362 miles