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‘The Voice’ standout Stephanie Rice coming to Vilar Center this Sunday (Oct. 8)

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What: Stephanie Rice & Colonial Blue perform as part of Underground Sound series.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.

When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $35.

More information: Visit http://www.vilarpac.org.

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center will present indie rock and pop artists Stephanie Rice & Colonial Blue on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Underground Sound series.

Rice is a Texas-born pop-rock singer, songwriter and musician who recently found international acclaim on Season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Single tickets are $35. The Underground Sound pass allows patrons tickets to all seven shows in the series and seven free drinks for $100. Tickets and passes are available at the Vilar Center box office, by calling 970-845-8497 or visiting http://www.vilarpac.org. The Vilar Center is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village.

Finding Freedom

After coming out as a lesbian to her parents 10 years ago, Rice became estranged, finding herself completely alone and unwanted. She climbed the mountain of misery and successfully made it to the other side of freedom and happiness.

She moved to Houston and graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Science in biology at the University of Houston. She entered the professional medical field where she conducted groundbreaking research involving HIV, later even publishing an article for the Journal of AIDS.

Throughout her time as a scientist, she continued aspiring to share through songs her observation of life, love and pain. In 2016, she decided to commit to music full time, completing her debut album, “Dear Misery,” with a band she formed and fronts, Colonial Blue. The album received regional praise, including being named one of the top 12 best albums by the Houston Chronicle.

After making it to the top 11 finalists of “The Voice,” Rice left the show empowered with validation and support from fans around the world, including her coach and mentor, Alicia Keys, who called her “the purest artist on this show … you are a producer, you are a musician, you play multiple instruments, you are a writer, you are exactly what an artist is supposed to be.”

Rice is in the studio working on her second album now, and she looks forward to connecting to her listeners and spreading hope and inspiration through new music.

Other upcoming performances in the Underground Sound series include Allison Crowe (Oct. 17), Bumper Jacksons (Oct. 20), Jarabe Mexicano (Oct. 26), Tierro with Bridget Law + WE DREAM DAWN (Nov. 3) and Rob Drabkin (Nov. 9).

For more information, visit http://www.vilarpac.org.

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