The Ride Festival kicks off with a free concert in Mountain Village; gondola hours extended

The Ride Festival

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Two bands, Joint Point and The Sheepdogs, will take center stage for an evening of music in Mountain Village July 8. As part of The Ride Festival, this free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sunset Plaza, and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and The Ride Festival.

About the Artists (Excerpts provided by The Ride Festival)

While style and fashion are constantly changing in the pop world, The Sheepdogs remain steadfast in their commitment to rock ‘n’ roll excellence. Since their inception, the band has always sought to play the kind of music they themselves love: “Pure, simple, good-time music,” as singer and guitarist Ewan Currie puts it. It’s no surprise then that the bands fifth LP, Future Nostalgia, is firmly rooted in the rock tradition that listeners have come to expect from the boys.

In 1995, The String Cheese Incident busted out of Telluride and onto the national scene. Just over 20 years later, there is another band percolating in the box canyon that feels like it’s about to pop. And this weekend, the rest of the world will get a glimpse of Joint Point as they open up the festival with a performance in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza. Joint Point counts String Cheese as a major influence, but the band’s sound leans less toward bluegrass and more to rock ‘n’ roll. Think psychedelic jam rock.

Transportation & Common Consumption Area

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During The Ride Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. Dial-A-Ride and the Meadows bus will operate until 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday, too, and the Common Consumption Area will be in effect for the Friday concert.