Béla Fleck, Molly Ringwald, Straight No Chaser, Natalie Merchant and more coming to Beaver Creek | VailDaily.com

Béla Fleck, Molly Ringwald, Straight No Chaser, Natalie Merchant and more coming to Beaver Creek

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Natalie Merchant performs at the Vilar Center April 4.
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BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center invites music lovers of all genres to enjoy a variety of concerts this winter in Beaver Creek. Tickets to most of the events in this lineup went on sale Monday at the Vilar Center Box Office (970-845-8497/www.vilarpac.org). The Vilar Center is located in Beaver Creek Village. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“With great acoustics and an intimate atmosphere, the VPAC is a terrific place to enjoy a music concert,” said Vilar Center Executive Director Kris Sabel. “Artists who play the hall are very complimentary about the venue and love the fact that our audiences really focus and pay attention to them and their music. With all of this in mind we are pleased to present 17 diverse concerts from classic rock ‘n’ roll and country to bluegrass and jazz and everything in between.”


The first concert is a celebration of the holiday season with Michael McDonald: This Christmas — An Evening of Holiday and Hits (Dec. 22). The five-time Grammy Award-winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving. This concert features favorite hits as well as classic holiday tunes.

Next up, New Orleans is coming to the Vilar Center. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Dec. 26) is a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock and improvisation in a jazz tradition. Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway” (Dec. 29) will include some of Broadway’s greatest hits with five Broadway stars.


Ring in the new year with our first concert of 2015, Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute (Jan. 2). The artists in this high-octane tribute show will astonish with their interpretation of Neil Diamond — performing Diamond’s power ballads and up-tempo hits with unrestrained enthusiasm.

Returning to the Vilar Center stage by popular demand (Jan. 12) is the March Fourth Marching Band — far from a traditional marching band in any traditional sense. M4 takes audiences on a musical journey of the deepest grooves of American funk, rock and jazz, all set to high-stepping stilt-acrobatics, dancers and cinematic fashion.

Then, Banjo virtuosos Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (Jan. 19) grace the Vilar stage with a one-of-a-kind pairing. Playing songs from their newly released self-titled album, the duo use seven different banjos, weaving beautiful bluegrass with Appalachian melodies and rhythms.

Keep the love going after Valentine’s Day with a heartwarming funny cabaret by “Glee” star Jane Lynch in See Jane Sing! (Feb. 15).

Back by popular demand, five-time Grammy-winner Wynonna Judd will perform an intimate evening titled Wynonna and Friends: Stories and Song (Feb. 16). Following is the iconic ’80s movie star known for popular films like “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink,” Molly Ringwald will deliver her crowd-pleasing jazz concert An Evening with Molly Ringwald (Feb. 26).

Country, rhythm and blues dominate the calendar in March with performances by the mandolin and bass duo Mike Marshall and Edgar Meyer (March 7), the bluegrass darlings The Wailin’ Jennys (March 12), the innovative music, song and dance of Women of Ireland (March 18), The Blues Hall of Fame Tour featuring Charlie Musselwhite and John Hammond (March 22), and folk legend Arlo Guthrie: Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour (March 28).

Sure to be a hit with families on spring break is Who’s Bad: Michael Jackson Tribute Band (March 24).

The Vilar Center then welcomes a cappella forerunners Straight No Chaser (April 2). Witness the captivating sound of 10 unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense … and with a sense of humor. Tickets to Straight No Chaser go on sale Nov 21.

Closing out this run of star-studded concerts is the ever-stellar Natalie Merchant (April 4). Over her 30-year career, she has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists and songwriters.

The Vilar Center concert series programming is not yet complete, so check back to http://www.vilarpac.org for more additions to the lineup. For more information, visit http://www.vilarpac.org.

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