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Published: 2012/08/08

The funky Meters, Soulive and Marco Benevento with Members of Ween Highlight Telluride Jazz Fest

Photos by Dino Perrucci

The 36th Telluride Jazz Festival came to an end on Sunday evening with performances by a wide range of jazz and funk musicians. The second of Telluride’s bookending summer music festivals, the Jazz Fest pulled a reported record amount of attendees over the course of the weekend this year. Friday saw performances by Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, the Marco Benevento Trio (featuring Ween’s Claude Coleman and Dave Dreiwitz) and a headlining set by Soulive.

Saturday, the town of Telluride—and the festival therein—experienced a power outage, but after about two hours, the music rose up again. The second day’s lineup clove closer to traditional jazz than Friday or Sunday and featured a noteworthy performance by guest of honor Roy Hargrove.

Sunday, or “New Orleans Day” as it was dubbed, began with a parade through the town of Telluride led by the Soul Rebels and Hooligans Brass Band. The Soul Rebels would reappear for a full set later on in the day on the mainstage, which also saw shows by Jon Cleary’s Philthy Phew—with George Porter Jr sitting in— Sasha Masakowski and the highly anticipated headliners The Funky Meters, who closed out the festival’s 36th anniversary in fine form.

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