VAIL — At 10 p.m. through 1:30 a.m. Saturday night, locals and visitors alike are expected to come in droves for the Burton U.S. Open closing party at the Dobson Ice Arena. While the party is free, tickets will need to be picked up in advance at either Burton store, or the info tents in the Golden Peak area. The event is open for those 21 years of age or older.
Those in attendance might recognize the iconic sound of DJ Jazzy Jeff, an expert in mixing, production and turntable technique. He appeared on the map after several successful productions as DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. After collaboration with Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff (or simply Jazz, and with the given name Jeffrey Allen Townes), went on to have a long discography career that demonstrates his continuing relevance in a developing music world, and he’s still at it. Jazz holds a host of iconic titles, awards and nominations, including multiple Grammys and American Music Awards. In spite of his fame, he claims humble origins. As his 2002 hit says, he does it “For Da Love of Da Game.”
Party goers should also expect to hear one of the up and coming industry names out of Ottawa, Canada. A Tribe Called Red, native DJ and mixing group, takes traditional tribal vocals and drumming and combines new age electronica to form a sound that is unique and powerful. In just the last few years, A Tribe Called Red has jumped into the center of a native culture renaissance that has captivated both native youth and activists alike. The group’s most recent album received multiple honors from the aboriginal community, but was also nominated as one of the top ten albums produced in Canada last year. Their sound is truly something you won’t want to miss.
Attendees will also hear the expert remixes of DJ Cre-8, the winner of the 2013 Southern California DJ Spin Off. After a near-fatal stabbing in his high school years, he realized he needed something to take him away from the gang culture of Southern California. Now, he rocks crowds with musical compilations and remixes with the best of them. In his words, “When I rock my heart out at a performance and a random party goer comes up and tells me that’s the best set they’ve ever heard and I’ve made their night, that’s what I do this for, that’s why I keep doing what I do, I make memories, I rock crowds and I do it with passion…”