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Ani DiFranco coming to Beaver Creek Aug. 14

Kris Sabel
Director's Chair
Vail, CO Colorado

Special to the Daily

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.

Independent folk/rock singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco will celebrate her “Red Letter Year” on Aug. 14, when she drops by the Vilar Performing Arts Center for an 8 p.m. performance. The Beaver Creek show is part of a three-day tour of Colorado, her only summer tour dates this year. The set will include hits from her extensive song-list as well as songs from her 2008 release, “Red Letter Year.”

“Red Letter Year” is her 20th studio album, released on her own Righteous Babe label, and her first recording since moving from Buffalo to New Orleans and becoming a mom.

“When I listen to my new record, I hear a very relaxed me, which I think has been absent in a lot of my recorded canon,” DiFranco said in a recent press statement. “Now I feel like I’m in a really good place.”

Throughout her career, she has been a tireless artist, writing hundreds of songs and playing thousands of dates. She refused to cave to the music industry model and instead created her own record label, allowing her to release her music on her terms; a move that has been both artistically and financially savvy.

Ani is a feminist icon and many of her songs are concerned with contemporary social issues such as racism, sexism, poverty, and war. Or they are more personal, dealing candidly with her bi-sexuality, relationships (good and bad), and the music industry. Her latest album continues the personal story and reflects on this time in Ani’s life.

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I hope you’ll be on hand next Saturday to do just that by experiencing a very special evening with Ani DiFranco at the Vilar Center.