VPAC Scoop column: Queen of rock and soul comes to the high country
If you go …
What: Patti LaBelle.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
Cost: Tickets start at $90.
More information: A free shuttle will be available for this show from any Vail hotel or lodge, with pick-up at 6:45 p.m. The shuttle is subject to availability and must be booked 24 hours in advance by calling 970-845-TIXS. To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit vilarpac.org.
Editor’s note: From time to time, members of the Vilar Performing Arts Center community will provide insights into upcoming art, music and dance performances at the 535-seat theater in Beaver Creek Village.
BEAVER CREEK — Known for her unique platform of versatility, Patti LaBelle has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. LaBelle brings her unmatchable talent and explosive voice to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m.
We feel very lucky here at the Vilar Center, as LaBelle has selected us as the only Colorado and even western United States stop on her tour. Matter of fact, the closest stop to Beaver Creek besides the Vilar will be in Austin, Texas.
With that in mind, we invite all Coloradans and those far beyond to this epic show. If you don’t follow the festival circuit, then you may not know that LaBelle was recently named as a headliner for the iconic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. She will close out the festival on Sunday, May 7, but not before visiting us on March 19!
LaBelle has had many successes throughout her career, including two Grammy Awards for her albums “Burnin’” and “Live! One Night Only.” She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 for the single “Lady Marmalade.” Most recently, BET Honors gave LaBelle the Musical Arts Award in 2016, and Black Girls Rock gave her the Living Legend Award in 2013.
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In addition to her many nominations, wins and awards, LaBelle has had many major hits, such as “Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is),” “Feels Like Another One,” “On My Own (with Michael McDonald),” “New Attitude,” “Love Has Finally Come at Last (with Bobby Womack)” and “If Only You Knew.”
LaBelle also had many chart toppers with her group Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles, such as “Isn’t It a Shame,” “What Can I Do for You,” “Moon Shadow,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song).”
In 2009, LaBelle was honored again with her induction into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame after having a successful reunion tour with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, former LaBelle band members.
As the motivational and dedicated woman she is, LaBelle didn’t stop at music. She has written cookbooks and the autobiography “Don’t Block the Blessings.” She also has played numerous roles in films and appeared in the award-winning Broadway musical “Fela!,” among other appearances on Broadway. LaBelle also competed on the 20th season of “Dancing with the Stars” with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev.
She didn’t stop there. LaBelle is a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, an advocate for adoption, foster care, Big Sisters and the United Negro College Fund, among many other initiatives.
As busy as she is, LaBelle is sharing her classic rhythm and blues renditions right here at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. As her only western United States stop, don’t miss this opportunity to see the queen of rock and soul do what she does best.
Ruthie Hamrick is the marketing manager for the Vilar Performing Arts Center.