VAIL --Vail Mountain's 50th anniversary season will go out with a bang. Organizers announced the complete lineup for the 2013 Spring Back to Vail concerts. The week-long end of year bash will host marquis acts O.A.R. presented by Pepsi, Sublime with Rome presented by Bud Light and Grammy-winning Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff during the final three days of the event. Opening acts Patrick Dethlefs, Air Dubai and Eminence Ensemble will round out the schedule. Spring Back to Vail takes place during Vail Mountain's closing week, April 8 -14. All Spring Back to Vail events are free and open to the public.
"Vail's 50th anniversary celebration has been brilliant," said Davy Ratchford, director of marketing and sales for Vail Mountain. "Locals and visitors alike have really embraced the spirit of this landmark year and Spring Back to Vail will certainly close out this historic season in style."
Spring Back to Vail's musical line-up kicks off April 12 with a free concert by O.A.R. presented by Pepsi in Ford Park. Folk-rocker Patrick Dethlefs will open the show beginning at 6:30 p.m. The wildly successful alternative rock group O.A.R. is a favorite of Vail audiences and Dethlefs has been praised by critics for his honest approach to songwriting and richness in live performances.
On April 13 the Ford Park stage once again comes alive with opener Air Dubai. With their heavy mix of hip-hop, pop, soul, rock and electronic, Air Dubai was just named one of the top three bands at SXSW in Austin and has been named top hip-hop band by Westword magazine two times. Air Dubai warms up the crowd for the ska, punk sounds of Sublime with Rome, a musical collaboration between Eric Wilson, formerly of the band Sublime, and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez. The group mostly performs songs by Sublime. Music gets underway at 6:30 p.m.
Following the World Pond Skimming Championships at Golden Peak in Vail, the final Spring Back to Vail concert features Grammy-winning Reggae kingpin Jimmy Cliff on stage at Solaris Plaza on Sunday, April 14. Cliff's songbook reads like Reggae history with hits "The Harder They Come" and "I Can See Clearly Now" and his 2012 release Rebirth encompasses Cliff's distinct style. Boulder-based Eminence Ensemble opens the show with their unique brand of progressive electronic rock beginning at 4pm.
Spring Back to Vail is the annual spring bash celebrating the close of skiing and snowboarding season with a jam-packed schedule of events including headliner concerts, nightly parties, expo village and the World Pond Skimming Championships. For more information, visit www.vail.com/springback.
For more information about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com or stop by the Mountain Information Center, open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).