Meet Your Musician: Helmut Fricker

Get to know your local Vail Valley entertainers

Helmut Fricker has been a fixture on the Vail Valley music scene since he came to Vail in 1972.
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Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily is showcasing area musicians in a new series called “Meet Your Musician” so you can learn a bit more about the voices behind the tunes. If you’re a local musician and would like to be a part of this series please email Tricia Swenson ( and Sean Naylor (

Q: What is your stage/band name?

A: Helmut Fricker.

Q: How would you describe your style of music?

A: Bavarian/Alpine/Oktoberfest and more.

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Q: What instrument(s) do you and your band members play?

A: Accordion and Alpine horn. My father bought the accordion and I taught myself how to play because I couldn’t afford lessons.

A chalk drawing of Helmut Fricker was created on the cobblestones in Beaver Creek Village during the 2019 Beaver Creek Oktoberfest celebration.
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Q: How long have you been performing in the valley?

A: I have been playing in Vail since 1972.

Q: Where in the valley have you performed?

A: Everywhere! Clubs, restaurants, private homes, all the Oktoberfest festivals locally and I travel a lot to play at Oktoberfest celebrations elsewhere.

Q: What’s your dream venue (in the valley or otherwise)?

A: To continue playing at all the Oktoberfest celebrations.

Helmut Fricker leads the crowd at an Oktoberfest celebration in Beaver Creek.
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Q: What other styles of music do you (and members of your group) listen to?

A: All kinds. I love a variety of music.

Q: How does the Vail Valley music scene compare to other places you’ve played?

A: There is no comparison. I love playing throughout the valley.

Helmut Fricker even has his own Bobble Head figure.
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Q: What can the crowd expect from one of your performances?

A: To be well entertained with lots of fun, laughter and audience participation and as always, a few jokes!

Q: Where can readers see a list of your upcoming shows?

A: My website:

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