The Breckenridge Music Festival has announced the lineup for this summer’s Blue River Series. Ranging from New Orleans funk to bluegrass to outlaw country, the 2014 Blue River Series won’t disappoint music fans in Summit County. Concerts take place June through August at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, and tickets for all shows go on sale Saturday, May 24, through the Riverwalk Center Box office.
The Breckenridge Music Festival’s Blue River Series, co-presented by the town of Breckenridge and sponsored by Centennial Bank, will get off to an early start with a performance on Friday, June 20, by New Orleans funk masters Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Since the release of the Grammy-nominated 2010 debut album “Backatown,” Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans by performing nonstop on five continents.
On Wednesday, June 25, the Colorado-based group Elephant Revival makes its way to Breckenridge. This Nederland quintet is quite a sound to be experienced — especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk. Each Elephant possesses remarkable vocal abilities, which are highlighted during every performance. “These Changing Skies” is the band’s newest release and was part of NPR’s “Top 10 Folk and Americana Albums Of 2013.”
On Thursday, July 10, outlaw country’s founding father Jerry Jeff Walker makes his debut Breckenridge appearance at the Riverwalk Center. Walker is best known as the composer of “Mr. Bojangles,” an enduring pop classic he wrote at the beginning of his career after meeting a street singer named Bojangles in a New Orleans drunk tank. Walker will be joined with his band for the Blue River Series.
Bela Fleck and wife Abigail Washburn will make their way to the Blue River Series on Sunday, July 27. Widely known as one of the world’s most proficient banjo players, Nashville area resident Fleck and fellow banjo master Washburn appear at the Riverwalk Center for a rare performance blending original compositions and traditional folk favorites.
Prepare to get dusted on Sunday, Aug. 10, with bluegrass favorites The Infamous Stringdusters. The Infamous Stringdusters sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos of pushing the genre forward. When the band first emerged eight years ago, it was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super-group built to revive the high, lonesome sound. Having just released their fifth studio album, “Let It Go,” on the band’s own High Country Recordings, the band finds itself on firm footing, at ease with an evolving sound that defies categorization.
Tickets go on sale on Saturday, May 24, through the Riverwalk Center Box Office at (970) 547-3100. For more information, visit www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.