After 13-year hiatus, Vail Music Faire will return to Ford Amphitheater, Aug. 28 |

After 13-year hiatus, Vail Music Faire will return to Ford Amphitheater, Aug. 28

The Vail Music Faire returns Sunday, Aug. 28, after a 13-year break. Many who were around Vail in the Club Chelsea heyday of the 1990s will recognize some familiar names on the revived festival lineup.
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What: Vail Music Faire.

When: 3-11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail.

Cost: Free.

More information: Contact Betsy Bradley at

VAIL — It’s been more than 10 years since Judy Alexander put on her first Vail Music Faire. And after several years on hiatus, the festival is coming back to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 28.

For those who have been in the valley for many years, the festival will have a bit of a reunion feel. Club Chelsea was one of the popular hangouts to listen to music, dance and enjoy a cocktail back in the late 1980s and ’90s, and many who were around then will recognize some familiar names on the revived Vail Music Faire lineup.

Performers include Prince Havely, who played at President Bill Clinton’s inaugural ball, and many old local favorites, from Helmut Fricker to the Vail Valley Band, with members Don Watson, Beth Swearingen, Peter Fontanese, Dave “Skipdog” Andersen, Bob Hyams, pianist Mickey Poage and more.

The daylong music festival runs from 3 to 11 p.m., with a massive, hour-long jam session at the 10 p.m. mark. Admission is free, thanks to Alexander, who ran Club Chelsea in Vail, and her foundation, the Fred and Judy Alexander Foundation.

“Judy held the festival for about 10 years, but it’s been 10 years since the last Music Faire,” said Betsy Bradley, one of Alexander’s close friends. “There’s over 40 musicians and 15 different band groups on one stage. We did that so everyone who wanted to participate could do so.”

Most of the musicians are locals, but a few are from out of town, mostly from the “old days” at Club Chelsea in Vail and in Aspen. Sponsors for the event include the Vail Daily, KZYR 97.7, Vail Myriad Inc. and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

“It’s a gift to the Vail Valley from Judy’s foundation,” Bradley said. “She has always loved the music and feels she can spread that love across the community. She loves the music, and she loves this town.”

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