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Brendan James plays Vilar Center’s Underground Sound series on Sept. 27

The Vilar Performing Arts Center is showing love for the locals with Underground Sound before winter begins.

The Underground Sound concert series allows the Vilar Performing Arts Center audience to discover and re-discover up-and-coming musical talent.

Last year, Amos Lee took the stage before really gaining national fame as a singer-songwriter, and this year, performances range from an 18-piece cabaret show to a world-renowned saxophone player.

The Underground Sound series pass costs $100 and gets you into seven different performances at the Vilar Center, as well as seven drinks, one at each event. Also, the pass is transferrable, so even if you can't make all seven shows, you can pass it along and share the experience with friends and family.

"To me, it's a no-brainer to attend," said Ruth Littlefield, of Edwards. "I usually don't know anything other than what I read in (the Vail Daily) about the different artists, but I've never been disappointed."

Kicking things off is Brendan James on Tuesday.

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James' songs have been featured in 15 major television shows and feature films, and he's been named the No. 1 singer-songwriter on iTunes multiple times. He's never performed at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

"I've just been hearing good things about it," he said of the venue.

James will be performing as part of a trio.

"I go from trying to tell some stories to trying to make people dance," he said.

Next up for Underground Sound is Vaud and the Villains, an 18-piece orchestra and cabaret show on Oct. 3, followed by Mandolin Orange, who performed at the WinterWonderGrass Festival this past winter, on Oct. 13.

Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra bring the party on Oct. 18, Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra perform Oct. 23, and K Phillips entertains at the Vilar on Oct. 28.

Mandy Harvey ends the seven-show series on Nov. 7, just before ski season. Harvey is a vocal music education major at Colorado State University.

"The other amazing piece with the Vilar is there's not a bad seat," Littlefield said. "No matter where you sit, the acoustics are phenomenal, and they just do such a nice job with the whole venue."

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

Underground Sound series

Single-show ticket pricing listed.

• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 — Brendan James, $24

• 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 — Vaud and the Villains, $24

• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 — Mandolin Orange, $24

• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 — Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra, $24

• 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 — Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra, $48

• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 — K Phillips, $24

• 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 — Mandy Harvey, $24

Buy a pass

Underground Sound concert series passes are $100, which includes seven shows and seven drinks from the Vilar Performing Arts Center Pass Bar, located in the lower lobby. This year’s Pass Bar will feature craft beer, liquor and wine. Passes are transferable and are available at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.