Best Live Music Venue
Sandbar Sports Grill
The Red Lion
Before the Half Moon Saloon turned into Sandbar Sports Grill, Jason Barber was aiding and abetting the music scene in the West Vail location. “We’re getting better music here mainly because we’re the only live music venue in the valley,” he said. “We get to pick up where other people have left off.” He’s striving fo a good mix, including hip hop, jam, reggae and metal bands. Local groups Little Hercules and The Mthds have a spot on stage, while national acts such as The Reverend Horton Heat give good street cred to the music venue. “It’s not just one thing that draws. It’s about finding the kind of the mixture that’s keeping live music afloat. We’re looking for a good, well-rounded line-up.”
When Phil Long’s not playing to the crowd at The Red Lion, Brendan McKinney is. The two musicians tag team for apres throughout the week. They both seem to know the same core of crowd favorites, but their shows are completely different. Whereas Long might delve into Van Morrison, McKinney could launch into Nickelback. Either way, at the end of the day it’s all about having a friendly time. Located in the newly remodeled Sonnenalp Hotel, the King’s Club has a baby grand piano that gets plenty of use for apres ski and beyond. As servers deliver icy cold beer and zippy hot drinks, Chuck Lamb, Kathy Morrow, Beth Sweringen and more perform to the crowd.
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