Acoustic concerts, intimate theater grace the stage at Vilar |

Acoustic concerts, intimate theater grace the stage at Vilar

Cassie Pence

Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek has its fair share of heavy-hitters performing this summer. Actor Brian Dennehy, muscians Crash Test Dummies, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Vassar Clements and John Cowan adorn the stage in all their dramatic and acoustic glory. The bill features more acoustic and bluegrass shows than years’ past, genres that lend itself to a small theater like Vilar. Favorites like Beaver Creek Theatre Festival and the free Family Movie Series return.”We have chosen small intimate shows, where people can really concentrate on the music,” Shelley Woodworth, Vilar’s marketing director, said.Vilar has sought after producer/musician Todd Rundgren for years. It finally worked out, and he will perform for our little mountain town in August.”We are really excited about Rundgren. He’s mostly known for producing, but he was a gigantic star in the ’70s,” Woodworth said.Now that tickets are on sale, see for yourself how your summer entertainment schedule is shaping up. Here is a list of some of the Vilar happenings:Sounds that carryFriday, June 18101st Army Band – A unit of the Colorado Army National Guard, now in its 64th year. Colorado’s only Army band features a variety of patriotic, jazz, popular, classical, rock and Dixieland music performed by an elite group of 42 musicians. When: 6 p.m.Cost: FreeSaturday, June 19The von Trapp Children – “The Sound of Music” captured the hearts of millions nearly 40 years ago. Now the great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp continue the family tradition of song. They perform folk and classical pieces along with hits from the movie. When: 6 p.m.Cost: $20/$30Friday, July 2 Fernando Ortega – Ortega recently won the first-ever Billboard Magazine Latin Music Award for “Latin Christian/Gospel Album of the Year,” and received the Dove Award for best singer-songwriter. This concert benefits the Eagle Valley Christian Academy.When: 8 p.m.Cost: $58Thursday, July 8 Tower of Power – This band is the real deal, 100 percent, aged-to-perfection, ground zero soul. With such timeless hits as “What is Hip,” “Soul Vaccination” and “So Very Hard to Go,” they deliver a sonic blast of brass and funk.When: 7:30 p.m.Cost: $40Monday, July 12Crash Test Dummies, acoustic performance – Crash Test Dummies have sold over 7 million albums. Their hits “Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm” and “Superman’s Song” catapulted them to superstardom. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20

Monday, July 26Fabulous Thunderbirds -An American band for the past 25 years, the Fabulous Thunderbirds have a rockin’ bluesy sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles. Their grooves are recognizable on such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.”When: 7:30pmCost: $44Wednesday, Aug. 18Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Country music superstars, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has been performing together for 37 years performing countless hits and winning numerous Grammy Awards and Country Music Association Awards.When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $56Saturday, Aug. 21Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn’s introspective lyrics and husky voice have continued to bring him fame since his debut album won a Grammy for Best New Artist. His most popular hits “Walking in Memphis” and “True Companion” have earned him acclaim the world over.When: 7:30 p.m.Cost: $40Saturday, Aug. 28Todd Rundgren – Rock legend Rundgren first came onto the music scene with The Nazz and Runt, then he released his solo hits “I Saw the Light” and “Hello, It’s Me.” As a producer, his credits include Grand Funk Railroad, The Band, Cheap Trick, The Tubes and the mega-success Bat Out of Hell album by Meatloaf. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $40Thursday, Sept. 2 Vassar Clements and John Cowan – The father of hillbilly jazz and the voice of New Grass Revival meet for a night of bluegrass sounds. Clements is one of the world’s finest fiddle players and Cowen’s vocal talents bring emotion and energy to the stage. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $32Beaver Creek Theatre FestivalWednesday, June 23 – Saturday, June 26Open-Air Family Theatre – Live performing arts for kids of all ages When: 11 a.m.Where: Beaver Creek PlazaCost: FreeWednesday, June 23″Yellowman” – The Curious Theatre Company presents the 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist. A drama that tells the tale of a light-skinned African-American man, a dark-skinned African-American woman and their life-long friendship. When: 8 p.m.Where: Allie’s CabinCost: $20

Thursday, June 24″43 Plays for 43 Presidents” – The Neo-Futurists, Chicago’s cutting-edge theatre company and Beaver Creek Theatre Festival veterans, present unique two-minute biographies on each American president.When: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25Friday, June 25″Catalpa” – Irish playwright/actor Donal O’Kelly returns to Beaver Creek after the American debut of “The Hand” in 2003 drew rave reviews. “Catalpa” is performed with a musician and tells the incredible true story of six Irish prisoners lost at sea and their daring rescue attempt.When: 6:30pm Cost: $40Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26″Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” – The Neo-Futurists are back for their third year of zaniness. “Too Much Light” is an attempt to perform 30 new plays in 60 minutes with help from the audience. It’s Chicago’s longest-running show, now in its 16th year. When: 9:30 p.m. Where: Allie’s CabinCost: $20Saturday, June 26″Trumbo” – Golden Globe winning Brian Dennehy portrays the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in this two-man play. Trumbo penned such classics as “Roman Holiday,” “Spartacus” and “Papillon” for the silver screen and was a member of the infamous Hollywood Ten. When: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $55-150Free Family Movie SeriesMovies show on Fridays at 6 p.m.Friday, July 9″Finding Nemo”Friday, July 16″Mary Poppins” Friday, July 23″Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over”

Friday, Aug. 20″Brother Bear” Friday, Aug. 27 “The Wizard of Oz” Beaver Creek Film Series/Toronto International Film Circuit All movies show at 7 p.m. at cost $8Tuesday, Aug. 17″Passionada” – is the story of three generations of Portuguese women living in the small fishing community of New Bedford, Mass.Tuesday, Aug. 24″Gaz Bar Blues” – Mr. Brochu, respectfully known as the Boss, has been running the Champlain gas station with his family for the last 15 years; despite the loss of his wife, the continual thefts and holdups and the onset of Parkinson’s Disease.Tuesday, Aug. 31″Flower and Garnet” – A powerful story of a broken family and the effect of a father’s unexpressed grief on his daughter Flower and his 8-year old son, Garnet, whose mother died during his birth.Rest of the bestWednesday, July 7 “Big Bad Wolf! (vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker)” – The Second City Children’s Theatre presents a family piece that incorporates their legendary improvisational comedy, audience interaction and familiar characters.When: 6 p.m.Cost: $12c/$18aFriday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7″Godspell, Jr.” – The Vail Performing Arts Academy presents this Gospel according to St. Matthew in an untraditional manner with clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville. When: 6:30 p.m. (Friday) 2 p.m./6:30 p.m. (Saturday)Cost: $10Saturday, Aug. 14″Hypnotized” -Michael C. Anthony has hypnotized more than 20,000 people.When: 7:30 p.m.Cost: $15c/$25a

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