Badfish channeling Sublime |

Badfish channeling Sublime

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VAIL Sublime tribute band Badfish will travel to Vail Oct. 21 for a show at 8150. The band has sold out more shows than not, largely due to the fact that they are playing music written by Sublime frontman Brad Nowell, a musician who died before his time. Badfish continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublimes essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts, said the bands press release.For more information, log on to

VAIL Ford Amphitheater will host a benefit concert for the the musicians who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina. Musicians including Cyril Neville, George Porter, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Henry Butler, Big Chief Boudreaux, Waylon Thibodeaux, Jumpin Johnny Sansone and Herman Earnest have been working together and with other volunteers to raise awareness of the erosion of the Gulf Coast wetlands. The loss of South Louisianas wetlands contributes to the loss of their unique culture, heritage, wildlife, people and their livelihood. This benefit concert was scheduled to happen in Louisiana in September, but Hurricane Katrina put an end the event. The promoter of the event contacted Resort Events in Vail, and together with 30th Street production the event was rescheduled in Colorado. It is ironic that these musicians and volunteers were bringing light to the problems of erosion and potential storm damage to the Gulf Coast at a time when the coast was virtually destroyed. The show takes place Oct. 1 at the Ford Amphitheater from 12:30-7 p.m. with doors opening at noon. Tickets cost $30 for general admission, $45 for reserved and covered seating and $250 front and center, including a special meet and greet with the musicians following the show with Cajun food and free wine and beer All profits from the event will benefit New Orleans musicians.For more information, call 926-7770.

BACHELOR GULCH The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch and The Taste of Vail announce that they are hosting Our Big Easy Benefit, a fundraiser event to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.Bringing together a collection of restaurants in the Vail Valley, Southern Wine and Spirits, Grand Vin Limited, National Distributing Company and Bacardi, this Taste of the Valley-style event is slated for Wednesday in the ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch from 6-9:30 p.m. Seeing those tragic pictures of that flooded historic city and tens of thousands of lives destroyed moved us to action. We had to do something, said Steven Holt, director of public relations at The Ritz-Carlton. The outpouring of support from this community has been amazing. Our Big Easy Benefit features foods from more than 20 restaurants with wine and bourbon tastings, Bacardi hurricanes, live jazz music, a speakeasy casino, a giant silent auction and the Western-themed, camp-inspired Ritz Kids Roundup. Special Patron tickets priced at $150 per person include early access to the event at 6 p.m. and include VIP valet parking up at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. General admission tickets with 7 p.m. access to the event will range in price from $75 for individuals, $125 for couples to $150 for families with up to two kids. All ticket proceeds will be donated to soon-to-be-announced locally-based beneficiaries. The Ritz Kids Roundup program will operate in a separate adjacent area for family ticket holders during Our Big Easy Benefit for children, ages 5-12. General admission parking is available in the Elk and Bear lots below Bachelor Gulch along Highway 6 with continuous shuttle service between the parking lots and The Ritz-Carlton beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds from Our Big Easy Benefit will support locally based organizations in their efforts to provide relief to the disaster area. A portion of the proceeds will be earmarked to assist evacuees that may relocate to the Vail Valley and Eagle County. Due to the scope of the tragedy befalling many pets in the area, Bachelor, the resident yellow Labrador retriever at The Ritz-Carlton, will also raise money separately during the event for the Louisiana Humane Society to assist and save displaced four-legged Americans. Other sponsors of Our Big East Benefit include The Vail Daily, Vail Resorts, The Vail Valley Foundation, Continental Airlines (who have donated three pairs of first-class domestic and international airfare), EPS Design & Print, Alpine Party Rentals and Destination Services of Colorado. Restaurant partners and beneficiaries will be announced at later date. For event information or to make a donation, contact the big easy hotline at 343-1161. Tickets may be purchased through the Vilar Center Box Office, beginning Monday between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. by calling 845-TIXS. Vail Colorado

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