BEAVER CREEK - As a true indication that summer is just around the corner, the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) announced six headlining concerts from the summer schedule on Thursday. Additional concerts will be announced in the weeks to come.The 2012 summer concert series will kick off on July 1 with the return of the Creedence Clearwater Revisited and continues with the first-ever Beaver Creek, and the only Colorado, concert appearance by the iconic Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band on July 10. The former Beatles' 13th All-Starr Band includes Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette.Michael McDonald (Dobbie Brothers/Steely Dan), Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and Boz Scaggs, touring as the Dukes of September, will come to Beaver Creek July 11. Together the Grammy Award-winning artists will perform a mix of blue-eyed soul, rock, jazz and R&B.Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as "The Queen of Folkabilly," Nanci Griffith will perform material from her 20th studio album "Intersection," along with familiar favorites July 12. August shows include an intimate concert experience with pop/country singer/songwriter k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang on Aug. 1 as well as the much-anticipated return of Diana Krall on Aug. 5. Krall's cool, heavy-lidded vocals and strikingly sensitive piano-playing transcend musical genres, establishing her as one of the best-selling artists of her time."The truly exciting thing is that this is only the beginning, we look forward to announcing the remainder of the concert season in the coming weeks and guarantee that it is going to be a very special summer at the VPAC," said Kris Sabel, the Vilar Center's executive director.Tickets for the series will go on sale March 19 at 11a.m. and will be available online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek or Marketplace Box Office in Vail Village.
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