ARTS BRIEFS | Telluride Horror Show, Oct. 1-12, Announces Call for Entries

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TELLURIDE – The Telluride Horror Show, a three-day genre film festival, is now accepting film submissions for its fifth annual show, October 10-12, in Telluride.
 Submissions for all horror, thriller, fantasy, and sci-fi feature and short films can be made at Withoutabox, or visit‎ for more information.  

Named one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine, the Telluride Horror Show is known for its intimate nature, giving up-and-coming horror filmmakers a chance to mingle with the greats of the genre in one of the most picturesque cities in the world. In 2013 the festival featured visual effects legend Phil Tippett, who presented a special sneak preview of his film Mad God, and Frank Henenlotter, who introduced a special presentation of his classic horror comedy Basket Case.

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Tift Merritt, Hays Carll Headline July Americana Fest

TELLURIDE – The three-day Telluride Americana  Music  Fest  &  Songwriter  Showcase  comes back to the Historic Sheridan  Opera  House Thursday, July  18-Saturday, July 20.  

Tift Merritt, Hayes  Carll, John Fullbright, The  Wagoneers, Eric  Brace & Peter  Cooper and 
Lincoln Durham will perform, and New York City songwriter Greg Trooper will  play at a VIP event for the three-day festival. 
North Carolina native Merritt has been called “the bearer of a proud tradition  of  distaff country  soul that  reaches  back  to  artists  like Dusty Springfield  and  Bobbie  Gentry,”  whose 2002 record Bramble Rose won her a permanent place on the  Americana map. Expect a personal and acoustic acoustic guitar/piano show. Hayes Carll is a classic Texas troubadour. A mix of slacker, literate and a romantic, Carll is always ready to skewer hypocrisy and pomposity.  “I guess you could say I write degenerate love songs,” Hayes has said, “that and songs about people who’re wedged between not much and even less people who see how hopeless it is, and somehow make it work, anyway.  “John Fullbright, who will join Merritt on the Saturday bill, is one of America’s hottest young singer-songwriters in the country,” says promoter Steve Stagner, founder and co-producer  of  the  event  with  the  Sheridan  Arts  Foundation.  “He was recently nominated for a Grammy for his latest record, ‘From the Ground Up.’ This young man from Okemah, Okla., Woody Guthrie’s hometown, echoes the best of his home state tradition.”
Roots/blues-picker Lincoln Durham will open for Hayes Carll on Friday night. His rasping growl and slide guitar work  is  both  old  and  new.
Thursday night features Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, two master storytellers and
 performers from Nashville; they will be joined by The Wagoneers, a classic Austin honkytonk and ballads band fronted by renowned songwriter Monte Warden. The Wagoneers helped lay the groundwork for the Americana movement of the 1990s, who
 disbanded and then reunited in 2011. Look for a new record this year.
“We try to bring in the best of both established and new songwriters,” said Stagner.   
“The Opera House is one of the best venues in the country for this kind of music and we try to do it justice. People come to really  listen.”
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Telluride Jazz Festival Names Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band ‘Guest of Honor’


TELLURIDE – Grammy Award-winning conguero and jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez, who has over three decades of experience as a bandleader and influential sideman next to Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie, and his Latin Jazz Band will be the Guests of Honor at this summer’s Telluride Jazz Festival

Sanchez, with his Los Angeles upbringing immediately immersing him into an unusual cross section of sounds from straight ahead jazz and Latin and American soul, grew up listening to Coltrane, Davis and Mongo Santamaria, teaching hmself guitar, flute, drums, timbales and eventually congas. His  Concord Picante label album Latin Soul  won a Grammy in 2000.

Also on tap for Jazz 2014 is the seven-piece Brooklyn-based juggernaut Lettuce, whose recently released third studio album Fly features relentless groove, hyper-charged syncopation and psychedelicized soul anthems. “We’re more together and set to crush than ever before,” says drummer and chief songwriter Adam Deitch.

Pianist Monty Alexander, who has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American Jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, comes to jazz with the Harlem-Kinston Express for the first time since his first appearance here, 22 years ago. Cleary, dubbed the ninth wonder in the world by Bonnie Raitt, is also booked ((, as are Grupo Fantasma (, Dillon, Vidacovich, Singleton aka “DVS” with guest Carly Meyers (, Red Baraat (, Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band, and the Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble.

For more information about the Telluride Jazz Festival (July 29-August 3),  please visit

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