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They say April showers bring May flowers. In Vail, April showers will bring a flood of great entertainment.Weeks of hype have drizzled over the true potential of the April entertainment scene, especially over Calvin Brodus, aka Snoop Dogg, aka the D-O-double-G.He’s Vail’s top headliner so far this year (and perhaps ever), but there are many other events coming to Vail to wet your whistle during the first full month of spring.Expect a steady stream of activities in April, like spring skiing, spring concerts, and post-spring-break partyin’.There’s still a lot to do in the first half of April, before the ski season comes to a close and the snow turns to May mud.April showers may bring flowers elsewhere, but in our mountains April brings spectacular spring skiing and scorching entertainment.While you’re still getting used to leaving the house without wearing long underwear, check out a free concert with Toots and the Maytals and Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail on April 9, from 5 10 p.m. One of the all-time greatest Reggae bands and a famous DJ will sprinkle an eclectic set of beats over the streets.As the 2004 Grammy winners for Reggae Album of the Year, Toots and the Maytals have helped establish modern reggae music. But don’t be fooled – these guys are legendary. Their 1968 tune “Do the Reggay” coined the name of the entire genre. Since the ’60s, Toots has influenced many musical styles from R&B to Ska to Reggae. We’ll see what they have planned for our valley.Mixmaster Mike should contribute his own style to the show. As the longtime DJ for the Beastie Boys, he became internationally known for his work on the Beasties’ 1997 release “Hello Nasty.” But, way back in 1992, Mike was the first West Coast DJ to become World Champion by winning the New Music Seminar DJ Battle in New York City. Now the Mixmaster will spin right here in Vail and will help keep Checkpoint Charlie dancing.After the Street Beat on April 9, run over to Club 8150 in Vail for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, with doors opening at 9 p.m. You might know Karl Denson from the Greyboy Allstars or as the saxophonist in Sexual Chocolate in the 1988 comedy Coming to America.If those credentials don’t float your boat, all you need to do is go online at karldenson.com. The Tiny Universe serves as “an expression of the fourth dimension, time; making rhythm and emotions relative Arranging the myriad of stars just so as to create a ready portal into the next dimension of soul.” Translation: this band combines blues, jazz, hip-hop and soul to create a sound that will make you groove the night away. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance at club8150.com.Then, of course, is the event that everyone’s talking about: Snoop Dogg and The Game will come to Ford Park in Vail on April 16. That’s not Ford Amphitheater, mind you that venue’s too small. This event will take place on the fields at Ford Park. It’ll be general admission, and doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, $10 pre-purchased and $15 at the door. Tickets can be bought at the Sandbar, Beaver Liquors, Active Communications, and the Grand Avenue Grill.Rain or shine, the stone-cold competitors in this next event will be dressed for bathing.In some sports the moniker best in the world, a true “champion,” is relative. But if a bunch of crazy water skiers and snowboarders want to compete for the title, we’ll be in the stands at the World Pond Skimming Championships on April 16 to watch and laugh at the shrinkage of their egos.Defending champion Corey Miller of the Vail Ski Patrol will lead athletes across a 100-foot pool of freezing water, with a panel of celebrity judges deciding the champion. The World Pond Skimming Championships take place from 2 5 p.m. at Golden Peak. Anyone can register online at worldpondskimming.com.Another day of competition rolls into Golden Peak on April 15, with Malay Day in Vail to celebrate the life of Vail team rider Josh Malay, who died while riding in Spain in February of 2004. Malay Day will be packed with snowboarding events through Vail’s main terrain park, as well as with food, music, and giveaways. Proceeds will benefit the Malay Memorial Fund.A Pipe Jam will happen from 10 11:30 a.m. and a Jump and Jib Jam from 12:30 2 p.m. Competitors can register for $20 at the Golden Peak Grill from 8:30 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event.And as any young rider would like, the time on the mountain will prelude an evening on the town for a Coors Light Pub Crawl with the Coors Light Girls.With Vail Mountain closing day on April 17 (lift tickets will be only $10), the off-season is almost here. No more trudging up the hill or living off tourists’ tips.But, activities may soon become scarce. So take advantage of this entertaining line-up. Don’t worry about a new seasonal job until the summer. Springtime is for taking a break.Also in April, check out the 15th Anniversary edition of the Taste of Vail, from April 6 9 in Vail Village (See related story on page 3).For notable and relevant events to fill your time keep checking The Vail Trail calendar. VTChris Black can be reached at intern@vailtrail.com


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