All the bands visiting Vail for the Burton US Open
The Burton US Open Snowboard Championships are here, and so is the music. Aside from the racing, there are 10 concerts that you can enjoy starting tonight and running every day through Saturday. Here are the concerts to look forward to:
Lowell Thompson & Bob Wagner, Rayland Baxter
6:30 p.m. | Solaris Concert Stage
Lowell Thompson & Bob Wagner: Lowell Thompson and Bob Wagner will unite to leave an indelible mark on the US Open with their lyrically charged guitar-slinging mashup of rock, blues, folk and soul. With both artists hailing from Burton’s home state of Vermont, Thompson is a singer-songwriter from Burlington that has been performing for the past 15 years in the area and beyond. Wagner is a fixture on the local scene as well, having performed with a slew of talented people such as Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Galactic, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman and Page McConnell.
Rayland Baxter: Thoreau had Walden Pond. Kerouac had Big Sur. Rayland Baxter? He had an old rubber band factory in Franklin, Kentucky, and it suited him just fine. As one of the hardest-touring artists on the road today, Baxter’s spent most of his professional life in transit. Ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of creative seclusion someplace lonely and isolated, somewhere he could sit still and devote his every waking hour to uninterupted writing. When the opportunity finally presented itself in late 2016, the Nashville native pounced and hasn’t looked back since.
Jennifer Hartswick and Nick Cassarino Duo 9:30 p.m. | Shakedown Bar
Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet) and Nick Cassarino (guitar) have been playing, writing, laughing and storytelling for almost two decades. Born and raised in Vermont, their bond is ever present in this intimate acoustic duo. Hartswick and Cassarino have each made names for themselves, touring tirelessly. Their passion, dedication and sophistication are evident in their joyous, soulful performances, providing audiences with a truly special musical experience. Thursday
The Welterweights, Greensky Bluegrass 6:30 p.m. | Solaris Concert Stage
The Welterweights: The Welterweights are a rock and roll band from Burton’s home state of Vermont. The union of singer-songwriters Kelly Ravin and Lowell Thompson proves the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Every show is a unique mashup of Vermont musicians, including Pat Melvin on bass, Michael Chorney on acoustic, Aidan Lenihan on pedal steel, Caleb Elder on fiddle, Sean Preece on drums and other assorted characters. Check them out for some genuine sounds straight from the Green Mountains.
Greensky Bluegrass: Formed in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin). Together, these five guys have forged a defiant, powerful sound, that, while rooted in classic stringband Americana, extends outwards with a fearless, exploratory zeal. The tension and release between these components — tradition and innovation, prearranged songs and improvisation, acoustic tones and electric volume — is what makes them so thrillingly dynamic, in concert and on record.
Mark Levy and Friends | 9:30 p.m. | Shakedown Bar
In a musical world that can be a ground for plateauing and complacency, it’s rare to find musicians who continue to push the envelope with an unyielding drive for evolution. Drummer Mark Levy is no stranger to avoiding pigeonholes as he explores the vast tapestry of music our world has to offer.
FRIDAY JUPTR, Khruangbin 6:30 p.m. | Solaris Concert Stage
JUPTR: With roots in Burton’s hometown of Burlington, JUPTR is a five-piece Neo-soul outfit that captures the essence and sound of the music that has influenced each member since the beginning of their musical relationships with one another. Forming in 2017, JUPTR is made up of a conglomerate of local musicians from Smooth Antics, Madaila, smalltalker and The Renegade Groove who deliver hip-hop and rhythm and blues inspired instrumentals with a focus on creating a comfortable soundscape for harmony rich vocal arrangements to weave through.
Khruangbin: If you ever find yourself in Burton, Texas — population 359 — you may hear some strange sounds coming from a particularly remote barn. The sounds are those of Khruangbin, a psychedelic trio who draw inspiration from the deepest depths of music history: mixing 1960s funk scene in Thailand, 1970s Persian rock music and 1980s Algerian symphonia with a dash of disco, soul and Balearic music. Though the band’s inspiration comes from all around the world, their roots are distinctly Texan. Ever since their first rehearsals, Khruangbin have recorded at the band’s remote barn; their spiritual home. Which means its stage performance was honed not playing to hipsters in venues, but to cows out to pasture. Bob Wagner, Craig Brodhead, the Shakedown All Stars, and more 9:30 p.m. | Shakedown Bar
SATURDAY Tune-Yards, Turkuaz 6:30 p.m. | Solaris Concert Stage
Tune-Yards: Tune-Yards is the experimental duo of New England natives Merrill Garbus and bassist Nate Brenner. Garbus’ sound draws from an eclectic mix of inspiration and deftly intertwines elements such as loop pedals, ukulele, vocals and lo-fi percussion. Where the loop pedal and the saxophone were main components of their first and second records respectively, it’s the drum that takes center stage in their recent work, augmented by greater use of synth and Brenner’s growing prowess as a bassist.
Turkuaz: Drip painting entails actively splashing myriad colors on canvas. Popularized by Jackson Pollock, Janet Sobel, Max Ernst and other 20th century luminaries, the art form itself relies on action and motion. In similar fashion, energetic splashes of funk, alternative, rock, R&B and psychedelia color the music of Brooklyn’s Turkuaz. Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, this spirit takes shape in the color donned by each respective member on stage nightly via larger-than-life performances. DJ Byte and special guest, DJ Cre8 9:30 p.m. | Dobson Ice Arena
DJ Byte: The champ is here. DJ Byte won the most prestigious DJ battle in the world to become the Red Bull Thre3style World Champion. With lots of humor and creativity, he played his final set in front of 5,000 visitors and left his high profile competitors with no chance. Through his extensive music knowledge supplemented with his technical skills, the likeable Latino incorporated so many influences to perform like a true champion so that everyone in the club relished the set. The born entertainer is the answer to the one and only question of Red Bull Thre3style: Who is the best party rocker? It’s DJ Byte.
DJ Cre8: From breakbeats to soul hits, DJ Cre8 has the vinyl stack and skills to entertain any crowd. With over 10 years dedicated to the turntables, this DJ from Burton’s hometown has rocked venues of all sizes, from intimate private crowds to opening for international acts like Z Trip and Macklemore. His resident nights at Vermont nightclub staples like Red Square and Nectar’s always draw a crowd, which is part of the allure that’s made him a Burton US Open musical staple for the past few years. Brothers Keeper and Friends 9:30 p.m. | Shakedown Bar
Brothers Keeper is a rock band like you haven’t seen in a long, long time. The group consists of Scott Rednor on guitar and vocals, Michael Jude on bass and vocals, John Michel on drums and vocals and recently inducted Rob Eaton Jr. on guitar and vocals. For the past 20 years, Michael and John have steadily played with the John Oates Band (Hall & Oates), and many other world renowned musicians. Scott has been involved in recording and touring projects on a national level for more than 25 years, owns and operates the Shakedown Bar in Vail Village, and has individually, and collectively, toured and recorded with The Dean Ween Group. Rob Eaton Jr. has toured and recorded with The Drunken Hearts as well as developing a duo with Rednor that has carried the workload at the Shakedown Bar entertaining our international community for the past four years. The development of that duo has brought Brothers Keeper to a new level, which is showcased on the upcoming release, and in their live performances.