Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center has diverse winter lineup
Beaver Creek CO, Colorado
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.
While the warm weather would have us believe winter is far off, the cold nights and visible signs of snowmaking tell us that ski season is just around the corner. At the Vilar Performing Arts Center we getting ready for tickets to go on sale for another season of amazing music, dance, theatre, Broadway and family shows. Tickets officially go on sale to the public on Monday at 11 a.m. You can check out the full schedule at http://www.vilarpac.org.
We have extended our season into November to provide great entertainment opportunities for all of our year-round residents and for all the folks who have come back early to get things ready for winter.
Tomorrow night we kick things off with a very special acoustic performance by the incredibly talented singer/songwriter, Martin Sexton. For nearly 20 years, Martin Sexton has channeled his love of soulful folk, blues, rock and pop music into accessible, emotional songs that recall the work of Van Morrison and Otis Redding.
Sexton is one of those talented artists who has achieved a dedicated and passionate fan base but has not crossed over into mega stardom by music industry standards. Reading through blogs and reviews of his concerts, I was impressed by the consistent praise he received for his live performances. Many of these writers knew little or nothing about Sexton before seeing him in concert and yet instantly became fans for life. I have a very good feeling about this show and can’t wait for my first chance to see him live in our intimate theatre. Fellow singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau will open the evening, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
We have two other concerts in November that you don’t want to miss. On Nov. 19 we have the biggest … the best … the most acclaimed tribute to Pink Floyd: the Australian Pink Floyd Show. This international touring sensation will be performing the legendary album “The Wall” live, from start to finish, for the first time since Floyd toured it themselves 25 years ago.
And on Nov. 20, we host “Common Thread,” a special benefit concert featuring Sugarland, Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls and Amos Lee, performing acoustic sets individually and collaboratively. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the respective artists’ charities of choice. You can learn more about this special performance, part of an only three-engagment limited tour, on http://www.vilarpac.org.
The diversity of these three concerts speaks to the variety of our winter season. Other concert highlights include The Charlie Daniels Band, LeAnn Rimes, The Beach Boys, Los Lobos, Arlo Guthrie and The Wailers. While the schedule is 99 percent set we are still adding shows as we’re able to confirm additional artists’ availability.
Yesterday we added the phenomenal Keller Williams to the schedule for Feb. 12. So keep checking in to see what’s happening as this tremendous lineup continues to grow.
I cannot wait to see you ” hopefully tomorrow night, and throughout the winter ” at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.
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