Tony Furtado returns to Pagosa for Folk ’N Bluegrass appearance

 If you’re planning to attend the Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival, June 5-7, you still have about a week to get your tickets at advance prices, saving $10 per weekend ticket over purchasing them at the gate.

The festival will bring together 13 of the nation’s finest musicians from a variety of genres including bluegrass, folk, swing, newgrass, gypsy jazz and blues rock, as played by this week’s featured artist, Tony Furtado. Tony is no stranger to Pagosa Springs or the Four Corners area, having played the Four Corners Folk Festival several times and hitting Durango’s clubs regularly over the years. At this festival, he’ll be playing material from his latest release “Deep Water.”

 It takes guts to start your album off with “The Bawds of Euphony,” an instrumental banjo tune that draws its cryptic title from the words of a Wallace Stevens poem. But Tony Furtado is a man unafraid to go with his heart when it comes to his music. Produced by the fabulous (and slightly mad) Sean Slade (The Pixies, Radiohead, Dinosaur Jr., Dresden Dolls), his latest release, Deep Water, wanders through a wide array of sentiment; from joy and love, to despair and hopelessness. Recorded in Boston, away from managers, label employees, publicists or loved ones, Sean and Tony came together to make a record Tony truly wanted to create.

 Tony Furtado, who grew up in Pleasanton, Calif. in the East Bay, took up the banjo at 12 and was hailed as a prodigy at age 19. As he was cementing his reputation as a banjoist extraordinaire, Tony was also developing himself into an equally virtuosic slide guitarist.

He is an extremely skilled musician with a riveting voice who blends rock music with elements of Americana, folk, and pop. His musical reach is broad enough to resonate with fans of Ry Cooder, The Band, Bruce Springsteen, CCR, Bela Fleck and Tom Petty, among others. His extremely impressive, furious slide guitar skills and 25-plus years of banjo experience will blow away the musicos. For the lovers of a story in a song, Furtado has a few tales to tell; and to those who are looking for a performance, get ready to be captivated, charmed, and entertained. Tony will play the main stage on Saturday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m.

 Other artists booked for this year’s festival include The Belleville Outfit, John Jorgenson Quintet, Bearfoot, Missy Raines and the New Hip, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Boston Boys, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Sarah Jarosz, Sweet Sunny South, Expedition Quartet, Jeff and Vida and The Badly Bent.

 Festivities get underway on Friday, June 5 ,with a free concert at the Town Park gazebo featuring Jeff and Vida at 5 p.m. followed by The Boston Boys at 6:30. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy this all-ages show. On Saturday and Sunday, the music moves onto Reservoir Hill for music all day on two concurrent stages. There will be a free kids program on both days with arts & crafts and performances by Michael Taylor, the Catch It Quick Juggler. Festival admission is free for kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

 Tickets are on sale locally through Wednesday, June 3, at Moonlight Books downtown (cash or check only) and at ReSport in the Pagosa Lakes City Market shopping center (cash, check or credit card). Tickets and additional information, including artist information and performance schedules, are available online at www.folkwest.com.


Photo courtesy FolkWest
Pagosa favorite Tony Furtado returns to the stage on Reservoir Hill at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, as part of the Folk ’N Bluegrass Festival. Furtado has a few tales to tell; and those who are looking for a performance, should get ready to be captivated, charmed, and entertained.