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Ben Harper and Govt Mule headline Spring Back to Vail

Daily Staff ReportVail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailySouthern rock and jam-band flare come together when Govt Mule plays the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail on April 10. Former members of the Allman Brothers Band started Govt Mule as a side project but it quickly took off and is now a staple on the music festival circuit.
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VAIL, Colorado Spring Back to Vail, the high-energy, end-of-season bash returns April 7-13 with headlining concerts from Ben Harper and Govt Mule. Govt Mule will appear at the Dobson Arena on April 10 and Ben Harper will play an outdoor concert in Ford Park on April 12.

The concert lineup this year is amazing, said James Deighan of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the events producers. Both Ben Harper and Govt Mule are known for their spectacular live shows. Having artists like these for Spring Back to Vail is what makes this the best spring bash in the country. With 11 albums and two Grammy awards to his name, Ben Harper is the caliber of musician that has become a rarity in a world full of teen-pop sensations. Harper, backed by his band The Innocent Criminals, specializes in a socially conscious blend of blues, funk, reggae, R&B and folk that has earned him a legion of fans. Govt Mule, formed in 1994 as a side project of the Allman Brothers Band, is a southern-rock-style jam band that has become a staple at music festivals across the country. Like many jam bands, Govt Mule did not build its broad fan base through radio play, but through extensive touring and great stage presence. With live shows that are known for big sound and impressive improvisations, Govt Mule has earned the respect of their fans and musicians alike.General admission tickets will also be available locally in the Vail Valley at the Marketplace on Meadow Drive in Vail and the Bottle & Cork in Edwards. Visit the Spring Back to Vail Web site for more information. Special lodging and lift ticket packages will also be available during Spring Back to Vail. Call 800-525-2257 for more information For more information about Spring Back to Vail, visit http://www.springbacktovail.com.


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