Underground Sound Concert Series returning for the Winter to Beaver Creek
It’s time for this winter’s Underground Sound Series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. The goal of the series is to bring new music to the Vail Valley, with the goal of helping locals discover (or re-discover) new sounds.
The winter lineup features six artists and tickets will range from $32 to $48 for each individual show. There is also a pass option for $150, which will grant admission to each show and will include six drinks. The series will span from late January to early March.
Here are the six artists that will be visiting this season:
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Blitzen Trapper is a long-standing alternative band from Portland, Oregon. The band’s music is experimental, and draws from country, rock and folk. With eight albums (including the 2017 release “Wild and Reckless”) and critical acclaim under the band’s belt, this is sure to be a unique show for all music lovers.
Ensemble Mik Nawooj
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Led by composer and pianist JooWan Kim, hip-hop orchestra ensemble Mik Nawooj creates new concert music based on the musical materials of hip-hop and by sampling compatible classical compositional techniques. Executed with masters of ceremonies and lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman, a lyric soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drums and bass, the music is rigorous, nuanced, accessible and free from the dogmas of Western European concert music aesthetic. The result is seamless tete-a-tete with “textures swimming through the sound … like the world’s fastest pingpong game,” according to Pitchfork and is considered by the Huffington Post to be the “cutting edge of hip-hop.”
JJ Grey and Mofro
with opener The
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band, Mofro, live, the man is fearless. On stage, Grey delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty, but perhaps not until Ol’ Glory has a studio record captured the fierceness and intimacy that defines a Grey live performance.
The Commonheart is a soulful rock group reminiscent of artists such as Anderson East and even Bob Seger, all while maintaining individual, fresh style. Music from a debut album, “Growth,” will compliment Grey’s tunes to make a well-rounded show.
Quartet — Electric
Friday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Self described as “when Back meets Bon Jovi,” the band is a fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings. With the release of the 2016 album “DSQ,” the band continues to grow a passionate following on Pandora, Spotify and Sirius XM radio. The band consistently sell out concert halls and has performed with artists such as Josh Groban, Chicago and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenee is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer-songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music. Christie’s unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as “Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews.” Among the vast community of fingerstyle and tapping guitarists, her niche is the integration of melodic pop lyricism with catchy hooks that excite both modern commercial listeners and classic purists. With a menu of percussive and sonic effects, and larger than life sounding instruments, her solo shows embody layers of orchestral elements with a wide array of dynamics and harmonic textures.
Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Nikki Lane’s stunning third album Highway Queen, which came out Feb. 17, 2017, sees the young Nashville singer emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Co-produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler, this emotional tour-de-force was recorded at Matt Pence’s Echo Lab studio in Denton, Texas, as well as at Club Roar with Collin Dupuis in Nashville, Tennessee. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage sixties country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Lana Del Rey and Jenny Lewis fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty.
Tickets and passes can be purchased online at http://www.vilarpac.org.
The Westin in Avon, The Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor Gulch and Passport to Leadville History make the list.