Bruce Hornsby plays solo show in Beaver Creek |

Bruce Hornsby plays solo show in Beaver Creek

Special to the Daily/Sean Smith

BEAVER CREEK – Piano virtuoso and three-time Grammy Award-winner Bruce Hornsby will take the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. One of contemporary music’s most versatile, diverse and collaborative artists, Hornsby will bring his multiple influences together in an intimate, solo concert that will showcase the best of his songwriting and musicianship.

Fans can expect to hear familiar songs like “The End of the Innocence,” “The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain,” “The Valley Road” and “Every Little Kiss.” But be ready for surprises: Hornsby is known for an artistic curiosity that leads him to look at his songs in a fresh way, letting them grow and evolve into new works.

Despite his early successes, Hornsby chose to pursue a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest and musical progress. That direction was manifested in his lengthy association with the Grateful Dead, with whom he’s performed more than 100 concerts as guest keyboardist. His work with the Dead encouraged Hornsby to incorporate his interest in musical improvisation into his own performances, while his eclectic musical interests have been reflected in a wide array of recording projects. Over the years, Hornsby has successfully ventured into jazz, classical, bluegrass and even electronica.

“I guess I’m a bit of a musical proselytizer,” Hornsby said. “I’m always hoping to turn the audience on to more adventurous music and music that’s below the mainstream radar. I know that that may seem too pretentious to the rock and pop world. But for me it’s all just beautiful music, and people seem willing to come along with me on the journey.”

Tickets for Bruce Hornsby’s solo concert at the VPAC are $78. Purchase tickets online at, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek and Marketplace Box Office in Vail Village.

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