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Branford Marsalis Quartet showcase latest Grammy-nominated project at the Vilar on Feb. 10

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. The NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras or sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet performs at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Friday, Feb. 10, showcasing the ensemble’s latest Grammy nominated project: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul. Tickets start at $52, or $25 for students. This show is part of the VPAC’s Pick 3/5/8 winter ticket package. Visit vilarpac.org/branford-marsalis-quartet for more information and tickets.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet is a celebrated ensemble acclaimed for its original compositions as well as uncompromising interpretations of jazz standards and popular classics. The quartet’s performance in Beaver Creek also celebrates the VPAC’s 25th anniversary, providing world-class entertainment in the Rocky Mountains.

“The quartet raise the creative stakes to incendiary levels, adding classical and operatic influences to the common jazz menu of blues, swing and solos, with searing group interplay,” writes JazzTimes.

The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul finds the quartet at a new peak, expressing a variegated range of moods and incorporating classical and operatic elements.

The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul is as immediately intimate as it is infinitely expansive, reflecting a deep interconnectedness between the players,” writes DownBeat.

Branford Marsalis will follow his brother, Wynton Marsalis, on the VPAC stage who played to a packed house last February 2022; both are sons to American jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. Branford has spent four decades in the international spotlight and played in 2010 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater during Bravo! Vail. The achievements of the legendary saxophonist continue to grow.

Experience and enjoy the world-class Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Friday, Feb. 10. Visit vilarpac.org/branford-marsalis-quartet for more information.

Peking Acrobats bring gravity-defying act to Vilar Performing Arts Center on Feb. 8

The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobats with lively performances that push the limits of human ability and defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. Since 1986, The Peking Acrobats have been featured on numerous television shows, including Nickelodeon, as well as having company members featured in hit films including the “Ocean’s Eleven” series.

The Peking Acrobats bring their trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics to the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek for two performances on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $48, or $32 for children 12 and younger or students. A four-pack option is also available for $134.

The lively performance by The Peking Acrobats kicks off the VPAC’s Family Series, which also includes Piff the Magic Dragon (Feb. 19); Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (Feb. 28); Yamato – The Drummers of Japan (March 9); Justin Willman – Magic for Humans in Person (March 16); Danú Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day (March 17); Colorado Symphony Petite Musique: “Peter Rabbit” (April 2); and Cirque Flip Fabrique Presents: Muse (April 5). With a diverse lineup all year long, the VPAC’s Family Series remains at the heart of the venue’s programming.

Part of a time-honored Chinese tradition, rooted in centuries of history and folk art, The Peking Acrobats seek to uphold this rich and ancient folk art tradition while bringing it to new technological heights by integrating 21st-century technology.

“The Peking Acrobats (are) pushing the envelope of human possibility,” writes Clive Davis of the New York Post.

In addition to astonishing performances, The Peking Acrobats set the world record for the Human Chair Stack during the “Guinness Book Primetime” television show in 1999, balancing six people precariously atop six chairs 21 feet up in the air.

Over their 31-year career, The Peking Acrobats have achieved international acclaim, dazzling audiences around the world.

For more information and tickets to The Peking Acrobats at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, visit VilarPAC.org. The Vilar Performing Arts Center, celebrating 25 years of world-class entertainment in the Rocky Mountains, is a 535-seat venue in Beaver Creek offering a diverse lineup year-round.

Walking Mountains Sustainable Film Series presents ‘Switch On’

Join the travels of Dr. Scott Tinker in “Switch On” as he travels to communities in Colombia, Nepal and Ethiopia, where innovation and growth in energy are taking place. Solar, wind and hydroelectric power can be the basis of energy development and an incredible tool to improve global public health. “Switch On” is a part of Walking Mountains Science Center’s free Sustainable Film Series and will screen at the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. 

Throughout his travels, Tinker views how crucial various forms of energy are to all aspects of life and how global energy poverty is destructive to health and life. He observes the successes of traditional energy forms as well as the integration of newer technologies. These new energy integrations are opportunities for renewable energy sources to get in on the ground level. 

With over a billion people worldwide with limited access to larger grids, Tinker works with several organizations to bring energy solutions to communities who want it. Along the way, Tinker discovers different ways that people get energy into their homes integrating traditional and more modern renewable solutions. This film will change the way we view renewable energy. 

Walking Mountains Science Center’s Sustainable Film Series is a free community program, which inspires awareness and inspires action on global climate issues. For more information, or to view the 2022-23 Sustainable Film Series lineup, visit: WalkingMountains.org/films

Computer scientist Brent Seales joins Vail Symposium on Feb. 9

Indecipherable for two millennia, ancient scrolls buried in volcanic ash are finally revealing their mysteries thanks to 21st-century technology. On Feb. 9, at Vail Interfaith Chapel, computer scientist Brent Seales joins Vail Symposium to share how tech is helping us read the past.

“This is a fascinating confluence of digital and analog worlds,” Vail Symposium Executive Director James Kenly said. “Cutting-edge technology can now reveal historical documents that add context to our understanding of human development. Brent Seales illuminates how science collaborates with the humanities to bring new perspectives to religion, conflicts and culture.”

The Herculaneum scrolls represent the only intact library known from the classical world, an unprecedented cache of ancient knowledge. Most classical texts we know today were copied — and were therefore filtered and distorted — by scribes over centuries but these works came straight from the hands of the Greek and Roman scholars themselves. Unfortunately, the tremendous volcanic heat and gases spewed by Vesuvius carbonized the scrolls, turning them black and hard. Attempts to open some of the scrolls created a mess of fragile flakes that yielded only brief snippets of text. Hundreds of the papyri were therefore left unopened, with no realistic prospect that their contents would ever be revealed … until now. Progress over the past decade in digitizing and analyzing text found in cultural objects (inscriptions, manuscripts, scrolls) has led to new methods for reading the “invisible library.”

This presentation explains the development of non-invasive methods, showing results from restoration projects on Homeric manuscripts, Herculaneum material and Dead Sea scrolls. Premised on “virtual unwrapping” as an engine for discovery, the presentation culminates in a new approach that may indeed be the pathway for rescuing still-readable text from some of the most stubbornly damaged materials, like the enigmatic Herculaneum scrolls.

About the speaker:

Brent Seales is the alumni professor of computer science at the University of Kentucky. His research program applies techniques in imaging and visualization to damaged heritage materials such as manuscripts and inscriptions.

Seales and his research team received international acclaim after extracting text from within a damaged ancient scroll using software for virtual unwrapping based on micro-CT scans. The scroll, which was excavated at En-Gedi in 1972 and was too damaged to be physically opened, is now known to be the only biblical scroll ever to be found within an excavated synagogue. The recovery of readable Hebrew text — identified as the book of Leviticus — from within the still-unopened scroll, was recognized by Christianity Today magazine as the most significant discovery in biblical archaeology of 2015.

Soul on Snow brings in Ne-Yo, Mix Master Mike and DJ Logic to Vail

The National Brotherhood of Skiers is in Vail this week for its annual summit and to celebrate 50 years of Soul on the Slopes. The nonprofit organization, which was started by Ben Finley and Art Clay, hosted their first summit in 1973 and have grown to include ski clubs from all over who descend upon different ski areas each winter. Vail has played host to the National Brotherhood of skiers in the past, including one of the largest gatherings in 1993 with around 6,000 members in attendance.

The mission of the National Brotherhood of Skiers is to identify, develop and support athletes of color who will win International and Olympic winter sports competitions representing the United States and to increase participation in winter sports. The spirited group also likes to party with a purpose, so come out for the big Soul on Snow party on Tuesday night featuring DJ Logic, Mix Master Mike and Ne-Yo.

Ne-Yo will be headlining the event and we tried to reach him for an interview, but he just got back into the country after traveling all over, including Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia and he’ll be going to Japan later this year. He’s also one of the hosts on the new Netflix show, “Dance Monsters” and was just featured on the 50th Anniversary of School House Rock on ABC.

The singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and record producer will hit the stage at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and it will be great to have time back in Colorado. The multiple Grammy Award-winner was in Denver in October.

DJ Logic will take the stage from 6 to 7 p.m. during the Soul on Snow show on Tuesday night at Golden Peak.
DJ Logic/Courtesy photo

We did get to speak with opening act, DJ Logic and rounding out the event will be Mix Master Mike. Both turntablists are no stranger to the Vail Valley, having played multiple shows here throughout the years, and DJ Logic christened Chasing Rabbits by performing at the newest nightclub in Vail when it opened in December. Here’s what they have been up to.

DJ Logic just wrapped up playing a four-night residency at the Blue Note in New York City. “It was my third residency at the Blue Note, a lot of different, specials guests from Paul Shaffer to John Popper, Fred Wesley, the list goes on, it’s been an amazing residency and I’m looking forward to doing more stuff at the Blue Note,” DJ Logic said.

DJ Logic was also featured on the “Philadelphia Experiment” which was recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Mix Master Mike will perform at the Soul on Snow concert between 7 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Golden Peak.
Mix Master Mike/Courtesy photo

Mix Master Mike just got off of a tour virtually opening up for Godsmack.

“I wasn’t there physically but I was there in virtual, holographic form, which is pretty groundbreaking. We figured out a way for the first time in music history to open up for a live band through a virtual performance,” Mix Master Mike said.

He’s also working on a new Mix Master Mike album called “Opus X” and also getting ready to score the “Comedy Hall of Fame,” for Netflix. He’s also been doing some remixes of songs like, “World is a Ghetto” from the band, War, for Rhino Records.

Whew, I was lucky to even get some time with these guys with their busy schedules! They hopped on an interview with me during the Vail Valley Live show and it was fun to catch up and for the two of them to “see” each other on the screen. We talked about their starts back in the 1990s and how long ago that seems.

“I’ve been a big fan of Mike’s, I’ve been watching him in the hip-hop community, it’s a small community but a big community. I think it was one of the first DMC contests in New York City and later we hooked up in Colorado. It’s always good to see Mike and it is always a pleasure sharing the stage with him,” DJ Logic said.

“Yeah, likewise, and that’s what hip hop is, it’s a community. It’s everything in one realm of the culture. It’s a melting pot. And at this point, it’s anything you want it to be. Which is the beauty of it,” Mix Master Mike said.

Mix Master Mike said his influences were Jimi Hendrix, John Bonham and Led Zeppelin.

“And then hooking up with the Beastie Boys and forming the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, it’s all just been this opus of excitement and I’ve definitely been blessed to have been doing it from then until now and still doing it on this level, it’s very exciting,” Mix Master Mike said.

DJ Logic has more of a jazz background and also credits his upbringing for what’s influenced him.

“I’m from the Bronx, the home of hip hop, so I had the whole hip hop genre around me but I was also drawn to all the different sounds and I was watching DJs from the Zulu Nation, Afrika Bambaataa and Red Alert and all those cats and Jazzy Jay, all these guys were in my neighborhood,” DJ Logic said.

“That’s the beauty of this, this art of hip hop is universal and I’d like to give a shout-out to hip hop, this is the 50th anniversary of hip hop. If there wasn’t hip hop, there wouldn’t be me, there wouldn’t be us,” Mix Master Mike said.

Mix Master Mike was the DJ for the Beastie Boys and has performed in Vail several times.
Mix Master Mike/Courtesy photo

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Brotherhood of Skiers the public is invited to the Soul on Snow concert at Golden Peak on Tuesday, and these two are ready to come back.

“The crowd can expect a good show, an eclectic show,” DJ Logic said. “I’m just going to be bringing a lot of funk and soul and a little hip hop as well, just a little bit of everything, it’s going to be a celebration and a great party for a great cause, too, so I’m excited to be there and enjoying it all.”

“Rip-roaring excitement, you know what I mean? Just up there, just going to give the crowd what they came for,” Mix Master Mike said. “As far as music goes we’ll just play some fun stuff and make people go crazy and have a good time and share the experience together.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with house music and DJ Logic will play from 6 to 7 p.m., Mix Master Mike from 7 to 8 p.m. and Ne-Yo from 8 to 9 p.m. All times are approximate. Drinks and concessions will be on sale at the outdoor venue. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at EventBrite. After the concert at Golden Peak there will be official after parties featuring the artists from the Soul on the Snow concerts at Chasing Rabbits and Deca + Bol in Solaris. Tickets available at those night clubs.

Art and Soul on the Slopes: Lamont Joseph White brings spirit of the National Brotherhood of Skiers history to life

The National Brotherhood of Skiers is in Vail this week to celebrate its 50th Anniversary Summit and in addition to all the skiing, snowboarding, racing, fundraising and parties, there is an artistic side to this event.

Stop by the Colorado Snowsports Museum and become familiar with the work of Lamont Joseph White, an artist who was tapped by the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Art in Public Places to curate fashion throughout the decades and create a painting commissioned by the town of Vail.

Inside the museum you’ll find a timeline that chronicles the first summit on snow in Aspen in 1973; photos of founders Ben Finley and Art Clay; patches from various summits; information on U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame inductees; other memorabilia from the ski association’s past. But the real showstopper is White’s painting, entitled “Towering.”

An oil painting in blue hues, “Towering” is a clever montage capturing Vail’s iconic clock tower, the majestic Gore Range and an array of beloved slopes on Vail Mountain.

“In just terms of the background, I obviously wanted it to be representative and emblematic of Vail, to be recognizable and feel like Vail. But, by putting the mountains and the tower together in the background the way that I did, I wanted it to feel sort of like it was all in one, then I incorporated the male and female figures, snowboarding and skiing and went for a youthful, all-inclusive representation on the slopes of Vail,” White said.

“The Town of Vail is thrilled to include this commissioned oil painting by Lamont Joseph White in the permanent public art collection for all to enjoy and a great way to celebrate the diversity of the National Brotherhood of Skiers 50th Anniversary Summit. Lamont’s artistic talents truly shine in this creative composition. Many thanks to the Colorado Snowsports Museum for displaying the work this season,” said Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places coordinator.

Lamont Joseph White incorporates fashion and inclusivity in his art and wants it to celebrate those who are on the mountain and invite those who aren’t yet.
Lamont Joseph White/Courtesy photo

In addition to the oil painting on display, some of White’s works are available in poster form for purchase. He says what he wants to create on the slopes is a place of joy, strength and belonging.

“For me, in the artwork, I want to celebrate those who are on the mountain and invite those who aren’t yet. Let them know that, ‘hey, maybe you’ll want to give it a shot someday, give it a try.’ A lot of times, with all of us, it happens with an invite, so I want them to feel invited in a very modern way,” White said. “It’s celebratory and fun. We’re here for the joy, right?”

Artist Lamont Joseph White gives Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls a slopeside look.
Lamont Joseph White/Courtesy photo

White has worked with the National Brotherhood of Skiers for the past few years and has helped them with marketing and design needs for their summits, worked with product manufacturers creating designs that partner with their nonprofit to help raise funds for their athletes and their programs.

“Where my art can be a tool for that, it’s always fun to be involved.,” White said.

White has a vast background in art and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His works have a fashionable flair and that style sense is what the Colorado Snowsports Museum was looking for when they asked him to curate the “NBS Style Through the Decades” exhibit that showcases various looks from the past five decades of the National Brotherhood of Skiers.

This photo of the Denver-based Slippers-N-Sliders ski club in the 1970s is on display in the National Brotherhood of Skiers “Style Through the Decades” exhibit at the Colorado Snowsports Museum.
National Brotherhood of skiers/Courtesy Photo

Through personal connections and connections made with the help of the members of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, White was able to find actual photos and ski wear worn by members. On display is a yellow Descente ski jacket and ski pants and a red Roots hat worn by Henri Rivers, the current President of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, with his name embroidered on the jacket.

“My friend, Lauren Samuels who skied for the University of Utah, lent me the purple Descente one-piece worn by her mother at the annual NBS summits. So, it’s great to have families involved and show how far back the generations go and we want to continue that as the years go on,” White said.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum is also selling a women’s base layer by Krimson Klover that features White’s Artwork in case you’d like to buy yourself a piece of wearable art. Krimson Klover is based out of Boulder and its founder, Rhonda Swenson, is a part-time resident of Vail.

“I’d worked with Rhonda on several other pieces previous to this and for this one we wanted to have the women’s fashionable representation and pay homage to the 10th Mountain Division,” White said. The shirt has subtle nods to the winter warfare unit with white crossed skis, the emblem of the 10th, the peaks near Camp Hale and the group’s motto, “Climb to Glory” on the back.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum is giving you a chance to meet White on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. and check out his artwork and fashion exhibit. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and the works will be on display throughout the rest of the ski season. For more information, go to SnowsportsMuseum.org.

Soul on the Slopes, swing music, dancing for peace and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 2/3/23

National Brotherhood of Skiers Summit

This weekend kicks off the 50th anniversary of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, which is a nonprofit group that represents Black skiers, riders, and snow sport enthusiasts across the nation. The founders, Ben Finley and Art Clay, met in 1972 and had a vision to create a national Black summit for skiers. One year later, the historic first Black Ski Summit gathering took place in Aspen in 1973. The event comes to Vail Feb. 4-11.

Now, The National Brotherhood of Skiers has dozens of clubs. The nonprofit’s mission is to identify, develop and support athletes of color who will win international and Olympic winter sports competitions representing the United States and to increase participation in winter sports.

In addition to après ski, barbecues, a gospel fest, races and other activities on and off the snow for its members, there are events the public can attend. On Sunday, come to Solaris Plaza for the National Brotherhood of Skiers Opening Ceremony Parade with DJs Kutz, DSmooth, Bsharp and Ike T going on from 3:30 until 5 p.m.

The National Brotherhood of Skiers is celebrating its 50th anniversary Summit event Feb. 4-11 in Vail.
Lamont Joseph White/Courtesy photo

Also on Sunday, plan to head over to the Colorado Snowsports Museum after the parade to hear guest speaker Col. Greg Gadson tell his amazing story of courage in the face of adversity. The National Brotherhood of Skiers has teamed up with the Vail Veterans Program and the Colorado Snowsports Museum to host this event. Col. Gadson is a 25-year career Army officer. In May of 2007, his life was forever changed when, as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery in Iraq, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) caused him to lose both legs above the knees and normal use of his right arm and hand.

Col. Gadson has been a participant of the Vail Veterans Program and is also an ambassador of the nonprofit that brings out military injured and their families for healing treatments on the slopes and off that help build confidence and create lifelong connections. This inspiring talk will start at 5 p.m. and there is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, go to SnowsportsMuseum.org.   

On Monday, go back to the Colorado Snowsports Museum and meet artist Lamont Joseph White, who was commissioned to do a piece of art for the town of Vail. His new oil painting, “Towering,” will be on display along with some of his other works and a display about fashion throughout the years with ski outwear from members of the National Brotherhood of Skiers. The meet-and-greet is being held on Monday from 4 – 6 p.m. but the exhibit will be up through the end of the ski season. More works from White can be viewed throughout the month at the Vail Public Library in the Community Room during library hours.

On Tuesday, stay in your warm ski and snowboard clothes after the lifts stop spinning and head over to Golden Peak for Soul on Snow, a concert featuring music by DJ Logic, Mix Master Mike and Ne-Yo. Gates open at 5 p.m. with house music. Drinks and concessions will be on sale at the outdoor venue. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at EventBrite.

Music schedule:

  • DJ Logic: 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Mix Master Mike: 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Ne-Yo: 8 – 9 p.m.

Winter Culinary Weekend

Wine from Outward Wines is poured at the Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend Guided Snowshoe Excursion And Gourmet Luncheon at Grouse Mountain Grill during the 2022 event.
Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily

Foodies, rejoice! The Winter Culinary Weekend is upon us at Beaver Creek. Any city can host a culinary festival, but pair great food with skiing, snowshoeing and views of the Rockies and it brings it to a whole new level.

Celebrity chefs descend upon this idyllic resort and pair up with Beaver Creek’s talent chefs to create fantastic evenings of tasting and learning. During the day, you may find yourself snowshoeing to lunch or skiing all day before an après ski experience. Some events do sell out, so if something you see whets your appetite, jump on getting a ticket right away so you don’t miss out. Here’s just a sampling of the events going on throughout the weekend and a full schedule and chef bios can be viewed at BeaverCreek.com.  

Mediterranean Meets the California Coast Dinner at Citrea – Sat., 6:30-10 p.m.

Menu design by guest chef Gavin Kaysen and host chef Ryan Little. Featuring craft wines from Purlieu Wines, Napa Valley and Cobb Wines, Sonoma Coast with Bryan Lipa.

Fire and Wine Dinner at Crooked Hearth, Park Hyatt – Sat., 6:30-10 p.m.

The Crooked Hearth private dining room will provide the backdrop for an amazing dinner that will delight all your senses with the artistry of host chef Santosh Koradi, guest chef Andrew Zimmern, and winemaker Adam Mariani of Scribe Winery.

Master Wine Class: Nebbiolo at Saddleridge – Fri., 4-5:30 p.m.

You’ll enjoy this type of homework in Friday’s tasting class with six wines featuring the Nebbiolo grape from the Piedmont Wine Region of Italy. 

Pop-Up Après events at Citrea and Hooked – Fri. and Sat., 4 to 5 p.m.

One ticket, one hour, two venues. Guests will enjoy a demo and tasting with chef Ryan Little at Citrea and chef Riley Romanin at Hooked and try a cocktail from the pouring partner that day.

Wolfe Cutlery Demo Tent: Soups Samples with C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) – Fri., 3 – 5 p.m.: 

Scholarship winners, Shelbi Johnson by Cristal Torres, will let guests taste their gumbo and Elote.  

Wolfe Cutlery Demo Tent: Chopping Competition – Sat., 3-5 p.m.: 

Hosted by chef Brother Luck, competitors are asked to cut four different veggies: onion, celery, mushrooms and potatoes and the winner will get $1,000 and a custom handmade David Yellowhorse cleaver.

Concerts at Vilar

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Friday.
Andy Rowley/Courtesy photo

It’s a big weekend for concerts at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will play on Sunday and then Sarah Jarosz will take the stage on Sunday. Both shows will be very different – the nine-piece swing and jazz band getting people up and out of their seats dancing on Friday and then the audience will enjoy a more subdued performance with singer-songwriter Jarosz playing with one other musician accompanying her on Sunday. The two shows will spotlight the versatility of the venue.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been around for over 30 years and has played venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl and speaking of bowls, they played the halftime show at the XXXIII Super Bowl in 1999, when John Elway and the Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-19. The band has played on “Dancing with the Stars” and were featured in Vince Vaughn’s “Swingers,” and in tons of other movies and television shows. Give them a listen on Spotify and you’ll remember hits like, “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight” and “Big and Bad.” The tunes will be enough to get you in the mood to put on your pinstripe suit and dancing shoes and go out on Friday night.

Saxophones, trumpets, clarinets, drums, guitar, bass, piano and tons of vocal harmonies will inspire you to get out of your seat and do a little swing dancing. In fact, the orchestra pit at the Vilar Performing Arts Center will be open for those who want to move to the music.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $45 or $28 for children and students. Visit VilarPAC.org for more information.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz performs on Sunday night. In contrast to the big band that will be on stage Friday, Jarosz will appear with one other musician, bassist Jeff Picker, and give an intimate performance. The four-time Grammy Award winner will showcase her talents and music from recent albums and collaborations. She is currently touring with Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn, but taking a break from that tour and doing a stint in the Rockies with shows in Beaver Creek, Aspen and Park City. Give some of her songs a listen on the VilarPAC.org website and book tickets. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets start at $35.

Music around town

Terry Armistead and Joe Bianchi of the Turntable Review Duo will play at Remedy Bar Saturday night.
Zach Mahone/Courtesy photo

The ski day isn’t complete without some live music at après ski or into the evening. We’re fortunate to have so many talented performers up and down the valley. Here’s a sampling of who is playing where this weekend.

Red Lion: Nick Steingart – Fri. and Sat., 4-6 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.

Vail Chophouse: Phil Long – Fri. and Sat., 3-6 p.m.

Tavern on the Square: Kevin, Casey and Peter – Sat., 3-6 p.m.

King’s Club at Sonnenalp: Kevin Danzig – Fri., 7-10 p.m.

Brass Bear Bar Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Brendan McKinney – Fri., 4:30-7:30 p.m.  

The Hythe: Matt Garth – Sat., 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Remedy Bar at Four Seasons Resort Vail: Turntable Review Duo – Sat., 6-9 p.m.

Bridge Street Bar: Jessica Paige and Lucas Parker – Fri., 7:30 p.m.

Shakedown Bar: Jukebox Zero – Fri., 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

Lucky Fridays at Chasing Rabbits: Rotating DJs on Fridays from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

To find more entertainment, go to the Vail Daily’s Events Calendar on VailDaily.com.

Agave is bringing in electronic music veterans Break Science on Saturday night. Break Science is comprised of Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch. Lee is a keyboardist/producer/jazz pianist and has been a part of Pretty Lights’ live band. Deitch is known for his funky, hip-hop drumming in the band Lettuce. Together, they have been pioneers of the electronic music genre and will bring classic hip-hop, dub, drum n’ bass, dancehall, jazz, funk and other elements to Agave on Saturday night. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the show starts at 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. Go to AgaveAvon.com for more information.

Snowshoe and dance for a cause

The 10th annual Snowshoe for Peru happens this Saturday at Sylvan Lake State Park.
Corozon de Esperanza/Courtesy photo

There are a few charity events going on this weekend that will get you moving. Snowshoe for Peru happens on Saturday morning and the Dance for Universal Peace is Saturday night.

This winter marks the 10th anniversary of Snowshoe for Peru, a fundraiser for Corazón de Esperanza, a nonprofit that assists orphans, at-risk youth and women in Peru with resources, education, nutrition and hope for a future.

The cost is $35 per racer. The 5k run or walk starts at 10 a.m. Packet pick up and on-site registration the day of the event begins at 9:15 a.m.

Please note – no dogs are allowed on the course due to state park regulations. Only snowshoes are allowed, no skis or sleds. 

Registration includes a cooling towel, retro t-shirt, prizes for top finishers, the State Park entrance fee (during the event) and a raffle ticket. Go to SnowshoeForPeru.com to register or learn more about the event and the option to support this event from afar and do it virtually.

The Dances of Universal Peace will start monthly events this Friday in Eagle at 228 Broadway, Unit C. William Day, founder of the group says their intention is simple: raise consciousness and promote peace between diverse groups thru dance. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to dance alongside other community members.

Throughout the evening the dances include a wide variety of circle dances and songs from different cultures around the world. The acoustic guitar will accompany some easy-to-learn lyrics and movements. 

This weekend’s dance starts with a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and the dances start at 6:30 p.m. It’s a bring-your-own type of event, so be prepared to bring your own beverage and eating utensils and plates since they are trying to make it a no-waste event. A donation of $10 per person is appreciated. Kids are invited to join for the first dance on Saturday. If you have any questions, call William Day at (540) 905-3342 or email him at wsdayjr@gmail.com.

Grammy award winner Sarah Jarosz comes to the Vilar in Beaver Creek

Even at a young age, Sarah Jarosz knew she’d have a career in music.

“There was never a time where I considered doing anything else with my life because it was just what I loved for as long as I can remember. I’m very grateful for everything that has happened so far,” Jarosz said.

So far, the 31-year-old Texas native who was born in Austin and grew up in the small town of Wimberly, Texas has won four Grammy Awards and has collaborated with some of her idols on the musical stage. She is currently on tour with Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn.

“There are lots of “pinch me” moments, it feels like its come full circle because their albums inspired me to do what I do, so it is really special to get to share the stage with them,” Jarosz said.

Jarosz will take a break from the tour with Colvin and Cohn to come to the Rockies for shows in Park City, Utah, Aspen, Colorado and Beaver Creek. The Vilar Performing Arts Center will be the backdrop for her and bassist Jeff Picker this Sunday night.

Sarah Jarosz will perform alongside bassist Jeff PIckler during Sunday’s performance at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.
Anthony Mulcahy/Courtesy photo

The evening’s musical lineup will include songs from many of her albums and projects, including the Grammy Award-winning album, “World on the Ground” and her Grammy-nominated album “Blue Heron Suite.”

The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist debuted her first full-length album, “Song Up in Her Head,” at the age of 18. She’s also worked on a side project with folk artists Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan and formed the band called I’m With Her.

One collaboration that is very special to Jarosz is with the late David Crosby of the Byrds, and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young). She first met Crosby backstage at one of her shows in Santa Monica, California about six years ago.

From a young age, Sarah Jarosz always knew she wanted to be a musician.
Kaitlyn Raitz/Courtesy photo

“He came to my show at the Lobero Theater and walked backstage and I didn’t even know he was there and he was just so complimentary and such a huge supporter of my music and he would come to my show every time I played there,” Jarosz said.

The two became friends and would consult over the phone and talk about music which eventually led Crosby asking Jarosz to sing on his last record. Crosby had Jarosz sing “For Free” by Joni Mitchell.

“I’m so grateful for being able to sing with him and I actually…it’s really heavy, but about a week before he passed away, I sang harmony and played octave mandolin on a new record he was in the midst of working on, so hopefully that will come out someday. But, yeah, he really went out of his way to champion artists he believed in and that he loved, and he was creating right up until the very end, so, it’s pretty inspiring.”

The singer from the Hill Country of Texas sat down for a remote interview with the Vail Valley Live show while she was in Medford, Oregon for a concert with Colvin and Cohn. The humble Grammy award-winner was gracious and kind and talked about how she would love to ski while she is out here but doesn’t think it’s a good idea at this point.

Sarah Jarosz is currently touring with Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn but is taking a break from that to perform a few shows in the Rockies.
Kaitlyn Raitz/Courtesy photo

“I would love to, I did ski a lot when I was a kid, it’s probably been 20 years since I’ve skied,” Jarosz said. “I’m actually getting married this year and if it weren’t so close to my wedding I would definitely hit the slopes. I’m a little nervous to hit the slopes but I will definitely enjoy the winter weather.”

Watch the video to learn what else Jarosz thinks she’d be doing if she wasn’t a musician, the top picks on her Spotify list, what her superpower would be and who she would love to collaborate with next.

Sarah Jarosz and Jeff Picker will take the Vilar Performing Arts Center stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday and reserved seating starts at $35. This show is part of the theater’s Pick 3/5/8 winter ticket package, where the more shows you buy, the more you save. Learn more at: VilarPAC.org/packages.

Catching up with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy before VPAC performance

Thirty years ago, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy named themselves after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, and since then, they’ve definitely made their mark, from television and movies to the Super Bowl. 

The band set out to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music — some of the nation’s original musical forms — and, of course, bring a sense of joy and fun to audiences nationwide, which they’ve been sharing through sold-out shows from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, as well as television shows like “Dancing with the Stars.”

While founders Kurt Sodergren and Scott Morris formerly played in punk rock bands and went as far as they wanted to with blues and rockabilly, they had a “curiosity and fascination” with swing music, Sodergren said. Plus, his grandfather played in a big band. 

“It was something different,” he said. “It wasn’t the traditional approach. We broke a few rules and didn’t use as many standard arrangements.” 

Part of that was because, at the time, they only had two horn players, and Morris’ Stratocaster, with a Fender amp, was “exciting and loud.” 

“We played swing music with a lot of energy, and people responded,” Sodergren said, though he admits, at first, new audiences were a bit puzzled, looking at musicians wearing retro suits and bringing a stand-up bass. “Then, this music comes out because it hits you right in the face.” 

The 1996 movie “Swingers” advanced their career during a time when they hadn’t even reached No. 45 on the Billboard charts. Their break came after befriending writer Jon Favreau during their midweek residency in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. They performed as themselves in “Swingers.” After the movie’s release, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s fanbase multiplied from a few hundred to a few thousand, drawing hipsters with costumes and dancing. By 1998, their self-titled album went gold, then hit platinum. 

The band continued to garner attention and eventually landed a spot as part of the 1999 Super Bowl halftime show, as well as the Orange Bowl halftime show that same year. 

Piano and arranger Josh Levy, as well as trumpet player Glen Marhevka and sax and clarinet player Karl Hunter, rounded out the nine-piece, 2.0-version version of the band. 

“Then we adjusted the music because we had all these instruments and learned a lot more about this style of music. We were still holding onto our intention of playing the music with excitement while playing it with a little tradition, as well,” Sodergren said.  

In 2009, the band released its Cab Calloway tribute CD (aptly named “The Music of Cab Calloway”), followed by its 2017 tribute to the Louises: Armstrong, Prima and Jordan, titled “Louie, Louie, Louie.” In-between those, they released “It Feels Like Christmas Time” in 2013 and “Rattle Them Bones” in 2012. 

They began their 30th anniversary (officially in April 2023) celebration early by gathering eight other musicians they’ve played with live or in the studio throughout the years, for a total of 17, and delivering a very big band sound in their hometown of Ventura, California. Sodergren said they hope to do more, as well as work on a new record. 

Though they wouldn’t have wished any pandemic shutdowns on anyone, it did give members a break from the 120 to 150 shows they’d been playing on the road for nearly 30 years. 

“It helped us step back,” he said. “We enjoyed home time and recharged. Scott started to write new music, and we just finished our Christmas tour with 22 shows — a lot of them sold out. Now, it’s more of getting new music out there and going out there gangbusters — to come back out with the same energy as ’98 and still play something fresh. We’re really grateful to be able to get to do this — none of us take it for granted.” 

One of the main comments Sodergren receives from audiences is “you look like you’re having so much fun,” and, indeed, his band of brothers — and neighbors (he lives next to four of his bandmates) — certainly are. 

“That kind of thing translates to the audience. We love playing, and everyone appreciates each other,” Sodergren said. “Our main goal is: We know that people work really hard — life is beautiful, and life is hard; our shows are just an escape for you to have a really good time.” 

Humanities scholar and historian Clay Jenkinson returns to the valley for two special Vail Symposium programs

Whether he’s channeling Thomas Jefferson or discussing controversial topics like immigration or the Supreme Court, humanities scholar and historian Clay Jenkinson is one of the Vail Symposium’s most popular speakers. Jenkinson returns next week for two special programs: On Tuesday, he’ll moderate a discussion about “Voting in America – Relax or Reform?” with a panel of experts. And on Wednesday, he’ll explain “The Unfinished Journey of Lewis and Clark” and share insights into this dynamic duo.

“Clay’s visits to Vail are highlights of the year,” Vail Symposium Executive Director James Kenly said. “In addition to being a prolific academic, he is a captivating performer and his personal connections to the Vail Valley community inform his moderating and presenting.”

Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Eagle River Presbyterian Church: Voting in America – Relax or Reform?

The ideal in a democracy is that every citizen over 18 years old is entitled to vote. State legislatures should devise sensible, efficient and convenient ways to enable every citizen to cast a vote, irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, zip code or economic status.

However, we have learned that when there are irregularities, last-minute changes to voting procedures or poll decisions made by unelected bureaucrats, the legitimacy of the election may be called into question.

Some reformers believe we need a national voting rights and procedures law that will bring clarity and regularity to voting procedures throughout the U.S. and to ensure that eligible voters are able to cast their ballots without inconvenience or intimidation. Others argue that voting is a state matter over which the national government has no authority.

Join Jenkinson in conversation with reporter and author Erin Geiger Smith and associate dean for faculty affairs and research at the University of Colorado Doug Spencer as they examine voting rights in America.

Wednesday, 6 p.m. at Edwards Interfaith Chapel: The Unfinished Journey of Lewis and Clark

The forefathers of adventure travel, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were co-leaders of an expedition tasked with exploring land that the U.S. had recently acquired at the turn of the 19th century. Their trip would turn into an epic 8,000-mile-long trek — and the first big step in westward expansion in the U.S. And though you may have heard their names in elementary school, their story is more fascinating than what is usually skimmed over in school.

Jenkinson is one of the leading Lewis and Clark scholars in America; he is also the editor of the Lewis and Clark quarterly journal, “We Proceeded On.” In this program, Jenkinson will provide some background on the famous 1804-06 expedition (Lewis and Clark 101) and then talk about the future frontiers of Lewis and Clark studies. Now that the 13-volume definitive edition of the journals is available (free on the internet), it is time to read or re-read the journals with exacting attention: not to comb the narrative out of the journal fragments, but to explore the social dynamics of the expedition, its complicated relations with Native Americans, the mix of adventure and imperialism of the expedition, and the relations of Lewis and Clark.

Did Sacagawea really guide the expedition? Were Lewis and Clark “the best friends in American history,” as the late Stephen Ambrose declared? What happened to Lewis after his return in 1806? Did he commit suicide or is it possible that he was murdered on the Natchez Trace in 1809? Join Jenkinson for this special program discussing these and other remaining mysteries of the most famous exploration mission in American history.