Birds of Prey Entertainment lineup
The Birds of Prey draws crowds that come from everywhere for world-class ski racing – but there’s more in store than just watching spandex-clad Austrians buzzing past the finish line. There’s so much food, prizes and music on display this year that visitors may just find themselves skipping out on the main event for fear of missing the real action.
Birds of Prey kicks off with a bang in Vail, where the BoDeans will rock the crowd for free at Street Beat. Though best known for “Closer to Free,” their breakaway hit and theme song to “Party of Five,” this veteran band should have scads of heartland rock hooks in store. The show starts at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail at 6 p.m.
All day starting at 10 a.m., race-goers can hit up the Bose Experience Tent located at the Red Tail Finish Stadium in Beaver Creek. Nina Storey, Austria’s Lech Band and DJ Erik will provide musical entertainment, while Goldie and Uncle E, the official ringmasters of the Visa Birds of Prey World Cup Week, will serve as master of ceremonies for games and contests. The Bose Experience Tent runs for the duration of the Birds of Prey Event, but Storey will play only on Thursday from 12:30-1 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m., the Downhill Bib Presentation and Public Party will feature music, cookies and hot chocolate and a poster signing session with U.S. Ski Team athletes. From 5-6 p.m., guests can sign up to participate in a unique “Deal or No Deal” game. At 6 p.m., the top 15 men’s downhillers will take the stage for the bib presentation, with 30 briefcases, numbered 1-30, on the board. The cased numbered 1-15 will only contain prizes, while the ones numbered 16-30 will contain a race bib and a prize. As each racer is called up, a corresponding contestant will also take the stage, with the contestant deciding whether to take the prize in the case with the bib or choose from the 15 cases. At the end of the bib presentation, 15 briefcases will remain unopened and one lucky contestant will win all the remaining prizes, which could include a 2006-07 Vail Resorts season ski pass, $5,000 in cash, trips to Mexico, Atomic skis or a Visa Birds of Prey VIP pass.At 7:30 p.m., local hero Edwin McCain will take the stage with folk musician Maia Sharp for a special acoustic set at the Vilar Center. Tickets are $26. Make sure to take a look at the sky as you walk to the concert: A fireworks finale will blaze over Beaver Creek to end opening race-day festivities.
Friday’s downhill races will be complemented by the Bose Experience Music tent once again, with the addition of Sirius Satellite Radio broadcasting music and giving away prizes from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m . At 6 p.m., the civic minded can ditch their mountain gear and head for the Black Diamond Ball at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. All proceeds from the gala auction and dinner will benefit the Vail Valley Foundation’s educational initiatives throughout the valley. Tickets are priced at $250 per person and are available by contacting the Vail Valley Foundation at 949-1999.
The Bose Experience tent festivities continue from 10-4:30 p.m.; Sirius will host music and giveaways once again, and Austria’s Lech Band will provide alpine ambiance. DJ Erik and Uncle E will host two DJ sets, and massages will be provided in the tent all day.
Sunday rewards early risers, as the Bose Experience tent opens at 9 a.m. and the Lech Band starts an eye-opening set at 9 a.m. Both Uncle E and DJ Erik will spin separate sets, but the tent closes early at 2:30, so get an early start to sneak in another massage before the second run of the Men’s slalom final. For more information, visit http://www.vvf.org or call (970) 845-9090.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO