VAIL, Colorado - Vail Mountain has announced the lineup of opening artists for concerts at Vail Snow Daze 2012, the resort's annual festival to kick off the winter season. The opening lineup will include Divine Fits opening for The Shins on Thursday, Dec. 13, Nic Cowan & The Remedy opening for Michael Franti & Spearhead on Friday, Dec. 14 and Nathaniel Rateliff opening for Wilco on Saturday, Dec. 15. Vail Snow Daze takes place Dec. 10-16 and is part of Vail's 50th anniversary celebration.Divine Fits is a rock powerhouse comprised of key members from some of the biggest names in alternative rock. Though the band, made up of Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner, Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks and Alex Fischel of Papa, has been together as a band for less than a year, Divine Fits has received critical acclaim that pays homage to the band's top-notch indie rock pedigree. The band's debut album "A Thing Called Divine Fits," crackles with the sort of daring and electricity few of their contemporaries can muster. While Divine Fits is relatively young as a band, the seasoned musicianship and collective experience of each band member guarantees that these guys know how to rock. Concertgoers will want to make sure they get to Ford Park in time to enjoy Divine Fits when they open for The Shins on Thursday, Dec. 13 starting at 6:30 p.m.Native Texan Nic Cowan's debut, "Hard Headed," is winsomely crowd pleasing but unclassifiable - neatly mixing southern rock, country, soul and R&B without being hewing to any single style. Cowan's gritty, soulful voice - redolent of whiskey, cigarettes and dues paid - completes the package, announcing the arrival of an artist ready for bigger stages. Guests can expect an awesome live performance from Nic Cowan & The Remedy when they open for Michael Franti & Spearhead on Friday, Dec. 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m.The first thing you notice in Nathaniel Rateliff's music is his voice. It's the voice of a man who's earned the twang and hard-knock weariness that shines through on his debut album, "In Memory of Loss." The album is a stunning, heartbreaking sonic document from a singer-songwriter who's made his way from a childhood in Bay, Mo., (population 60) to the national stage. Concertgoers are sure to enjoy this introspective singer-songwriter when he opens for Wilco on Saturday, Dec. 15 starting at 6:30 p.m.Tickets for all Vail Snow Daze concertsare now on sale. General Admission tickets for individual concerts range from $29.50 to $39.50. A General Admission Three-Concert Pass, which will give holders access to the general admission area at all three concerts, is available for just $99. A limited number of Private Reserve passes for individual concerts are available for just $110-$125 and a Private Reserve Three-Concert Pass is available for $279. Private Reserve passes give holders access to preferred viewing of the Ford Park stage, free food and free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.As all ticket prices will increase after Dec. 11, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Visit www.vail.com/snowdaze to purchase tickets and get full details on Vail Snow Daze.
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