As the summer season in the world-famous mountain town of Telluride, Colorado begins to approach, the Telluride Jazz Festival reveals its 2018 artist lineup. Set on August 3-5, 2018, the festival presents a well-rounded, diverse mix of live jazz, funk, soul, and gospel performances featuring BRUCE HORNSBY & THE NOISEMAKERS, IRMA THOMAS, SOUL QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS, KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE, JAIMOE’S JASSSZ BAND, BADBADNOTGOOD, TURKUAZ and many more. The complete list of announced artists is included below.
Without a doubt, having legendary artists like Irma Thomas and Bruce Hornsby on the lineup is phenomenal but what really excites me for the 2018 festival are the new kids on the block. Artists like BADNADNOTGOOD, Turkuaz and Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles are changing the face of Jazz. There has been a resurgence in Jazz in the last few years, especially with younger folks, and many of the bands on this year’s lineup are leading that charge – Steve Gumble, Festival Director
For me, 2018 is special because it is our second year of producing this 42-year-old festival. We learned a lot last year and are excited to be able to improve on the experience after having a year under our belt. The whole festival experience is just amazing – yoga classes, historical tours, student jazz programs, and our very eclectic, yet jazz-centric, lineup. There is something here for everyone – Steve Gumble, Festival Director
Telluride Town Park is renowned as one of America’s most scenic and spectacular live music venues. Nestled among the aspen trees and surrounded by 13,000 foot mountain peaks, festival artists will perform on the state-of-the-art Main Stage. A secondary stage, “Society Stage”, free of admission, will host weekend programming including interactive artist and student band performances in the center of Telluride. The intimate performances on the “Society Stage” aim to further the festival’s and Telluride Society for Jazz’s mission of providing student education through music. The complete festival schedule will be announced later in the spring.