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A songstress taking the world by storm comes to Beaver Creek

Kris Sabel
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to DailySerena Ryder is known for her soulful, deep bluesy voice.

Editor’s note: Director’s Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.

The concert lineup at the Vilar this summer is filled with high-profile names including Clint Black, Emmylou Harris, Pat Benetar and Al Green, but there is one artist on the list that you are probably not familiar with: Serena Ryder.

This 25-year-old Canadian songstress, while not a household name, has certainly been taking the world by storm. She’s toured music festivals across North America and as far away as Australia. The Boston Globe was impressed by her “outstanding” vocal range and predicted she’d become a “major force,” while Australia’s Brisbane Mail Courier lauded her “maturity” and her three-octave voice that “sometimes soars, growls and then curls up around the notes like a lazy cat.”

Appearances at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and, this weekend, at the inaugural Mile High Music Festival in Denver will introduce her to a larger American audience, and her performance on Monday in Beaver Creek will give locals a chance to see this rising star up close in a special acoustic performance.

Nothing makes me happier than the response I get from audience members when they take a chance on a performer like Serena and, after the show, say “wow, that’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.” Ryder, with her soulful, deep bluesy voice (that has drawn comparisons to Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin) should provide just such an experience.

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Tickets are affordably priced at $18, so the financial risk is minimal while the potential entertainment experience is a gold mine. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this Juno Award-(Canadian Grammy) winning best new artist and be able to say ‘I saw her when …’

On Wednesday we return to the music that everyone knows with a tribute to one of the most enduring pop/disco bands of the ’70s and ’80s: ABBA. “The Music of ABBA” is performed by the Swedish band Arrival ” the largest touring ABBA show in the world.

Performed 100 percent live with 12 musicians including original ABBA guitarist Finn Sjöberg and drummer Roger Palm, the show will feature all of your favorite toe-tapping songs including “Waterloo,” “Fernando,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen.”

While ABBA has always had a legion of dedicated fans, there has been a surge of new interest in their music from a whole new generation with the success of the Broadway hit musical “Mama Mia.” A big budget film version starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan (opening today!) will insure that the ABBA-mania continues for some time. As wonderful as the movie promises to be ” there’s nothing like hearing live renditions of the songs to get you dancing in the aisles. For a truly fun evening don’t miss this show.

I hope to see you at the theatre.

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