BEAVER CREEK - The Beaver Creek Music Experience will envelop the hillside of Strawberry Park with sounds of music for four weekends this summer with the return of the resort's outdoor concerts. The Beaver Creek Music Experience series features shows ranging from jazz to bluegrass to rock 'n' roll and is the perfect way to cool off after a day of play under the sun. All shows start at 6 p.m. and gates will open at 5 p.m. Tickets for the regular shows are $25 for VIP seating and $10 for general admission lawn seating. Tickets for the finale show Sept. 8, featuring Great American Taxi, The Soul Rebels and Dr. John, are $50 for VIP seats and $30 for general admission. Kids 12 and younger receive free lawn seating in general admission. The "Music Experience 4-Pack" provides tickets to all shows for $112 for VIP seating and $54 for general admission. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.beavercreek.com/musicexperience. "We're excited to bring back Beaver Creek's popular outdoor concert series with the Beaver Creek Music Experience," said Tim Baker, executive director of Beaver Creek Resort Co. "The unique Strawberry Park venue will serve as the perfect setting as a natural outdoor amphitheater for the musical talent of our summer lineup. We're expecting some great shows."June 30: Jazz, soul and funkTo kick things off, Hazel Miller thunders into town with her primal dose of genuine soul. Hazel has been a sought-after performer in Colorado for the past 24 years. On the funkier side of things, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk is a recipe for creating a new standard for an entire genre. The band continues to receive accolades and awards such as "New Orleans Best Funk Band" by Offbeat Magazine and Gambit Weekly in 2007 and 2009. They also took home the trophy for Best Funk Award at the 2010 Big Easy Awards.July 7: Americana (Country/ Bluegrass)The second show of the series features White River Ramble; a Colorado-bred quintet that combines the elements of Mandolin, Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, Drums and Vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. Also playing that evening is Bleu Edmondson whose gritty vocal style is what captures your attention first, simultaneously begging comparisons to silk and to sand paper. But look just beneath the surface and you find the heart of a Texas poet filled with all-American roots rocker's blood.Aug. 4: Rock 'n' Roll/ Rhythm & BluesChris Duarte rolls into Beaver Creek with his blues/rock guitar style. This singer/songwriter will rock the mountains with his passion and exquisite guitar skill.Finale Sept 8:The Beaver Creek Music Experience concludes with its Grand Concert event. Taking the stage will be Great American Taxi who marks its sixth year as one of the best-known headliners on the Americana music scene with a new release, Paradise Lost, featuring their signature upbeat, country-, bluegrass-, rock-infused, Americana-without-borders feel. Also sure to put on a memorable show are The Soul Rebels, called "the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong" by the Village Voice, combine top notch musicianship and songs with grooves that celebrate life in time-honored New Orleans style. Dr. John, a recent inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, brings his infectious jazz and popular music sound to the Beaver Creek stage.Attendees also should plan to arrive early and by flashing your concert tickets, will receive great discounts throughout the village at participating merchants. For more information on the Beaver Creek Music Experience visit www.beavercreek.com/musicexperience.
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