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Celebrating work with play

Special to the DailyEddie Money's got two tickets to paradise for attendees at the Beaver Creek Oktoberfest. He'll perform two free concerts Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Unlike most holidays, Labor Day isn’t connected to a battle fought. It doesn’t surround the birth and death of a religious figure, and it wasn’t created out of thin air by businesses like Hallmark, either, giving people a need to send clever greeting cards.First honored in September 1882, Labor Day celebrates the hard work of Americans helping to build a powerful nation. Throughout history, parades and festivals have taken place on the first Monday in September for the merriment of workers taking the day off. The Vail Valley offers lots of amusement this weekend in honor of Labor Day. Eddie Money at Oktoberfest in Beaver CreekSince the mid ’70s, the only work Eddie Money has known is rockin’ out. He became famous for his rough-around-the-edges, blue-collar catchy tunes. Eddie Money will draw out hits like “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Baby Hold On,” “Walk on Water,” and “Take Me Home” during his two free shows at Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.”Touring is the only thing I know. I’m not a rocket scientist, what else am I going to do?” said Eddie Money, between golf holes in Pueblo. “Chicks, booze, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll – that’s what I know. But the only thing I got left is the rock.” Married with five kids, Brooklyn-born Edward Mahoney said he’s got his sobriety back, and the critics are raving about his latest concerts. He’s calmed down a lot since his heyday in the late ’70s, and early 80s, but judging from his spunk in the interview, lack of vodka hasn’t put out any of the Money man’s fire.”I put 100 percent into my shows,” Money said. “The fans determine the set list. I’ll play two completely different shows each night in Beaver Creek. I’ve been getting triple encores.”

During the very early days of MTV, music videos helped to launch Eddie Money into stardom. He made a series of funny narrative videos that made “Shakin'” and “Think I’m in Love” hits. MTV has changed quite a bit since the Eddie Money days, when the network would play strictly videos all day long.”It used to be cool, but if you bad mouth MTV, you sound like a dinosaur,” Eddie Money said. “The rap is driving me crazy, they all got different jerseys on, more gold than god, beautiful dancers. They all got so much money and then they just flaunt it.”Besides touring, Eddie Money is trying to get into the Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There’s a petition fans can sign on his Web site (www.eddiemoney.com).”What do you got to do to get in there,” Eddie Money said. “I want to be in the Hall of Fame because I want my kids to think that dad was really something special.”Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, ending with the Eddie Money concert each day at 4:30 p.m. The face of Oktoberfest Helmut Fricker will be on hand, livening up the plaza with his band and corny jokes.”The nice part about Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest is it’s a nice family affair,” Fricker said. “Myself, I like to get everyone involved on the dance floor and have a good time.”The Trachtenkappelle brass band from Lech, Austria will perform on the plaza at 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. The event also includes a beer garden, food tents, alpenhorn contest and Bavarian costume contest. For a complete schedule log on to http://www.beavercreek.com or call 845-9090 for more information.Gourmet on Gore new this Labor Day

From the company who brought you Snoop Dogg and Spring Back to Vail, Highline Sports and Entertainment presents Gourmet on Gore Saturday, an open-air food and wine tasting in the heart of Vail Village. The event combines world-class wineries with food prepared by local chefs with live jazz free to the public. It gives attendees a chance to taste some of the local restaurant’s signature dishes while strolling the village. Its focus is food and wine education, and organizers hope attendees will come away with a better understanding of why certain foods pair well with certain wines.”Our goal was to make the traditional high-end food and wine festival more accessible to the public,” said Amy Hornyak of Highline Sports and Entertainment.Eat! drink! of Edwards, a gourmet food and wine shop, will be offering cheese tastings Saturday.”We are going to have a few different types of cheese presentations, and we want it to be educational based,” eat! drink! co-owner Pollyanna Forster said.Forster said her goal is to teach people about unusual flavors that are complimentary to cheese. For example, Forster said they will be pairing candy ginger with a Robiola Duet Latte cheese.”The creaminess of the Robiola contrasts well with the spice in the ginger,” Forster said. “Robiola tends to have a very milky characteristic which is complimentary to the little bit of sugar on the outside of the ginger.”Two cheese masters from eat! drink! will be on hand to answer any questions, and they will also recommend which featured wines at the festival will go best with their cheeses. They will be handing out coupons for eat! drink! as well. Winemakers and sommeliers will be on hand to speak about their selections and educate wine lovers on the tasting process. With wines expected from France, Italy, Japan, Australia and South America, as well as domestically from California and the Northwest, Gourmet on Gore will showcase varietals of wines from syrah to pinots and everything in between.

Gourmet on Gore runs from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street. Each wine tasting portion is priced in $1 increments, and “Gourmet Bucks” will be available for purchase on-site. Food samples will also be offered at an affordable price. For additional information on Gourmet on Gore, visit http://www.gourmetongore.com or call 476-6797. For more information on Highline Sports and Entertainment, check out http://www.gohighline.com.The funk is at State Bridge LodgeCatch the last warm days of summer at State Bridge Lodge in Bond. The venue hosts Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (KDTU) and San Francisco’s Vinyl, along with local boys Flux5 and Little Hercules, for a funk explosion Saturday at 7 p.m., and band Warsaw plays on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.Together now for six years, KDTU, led by former Lenny Kravitz sax-man Denson, is playing into a mature sound, working on a new album and continuing to expand the minds of its listeners with its high-energy funk sound.”We all are just playing to get better at what we do. Over time, it’s supposed to get better or you’re doing something wrong. I think ‘The Bridge’ (2002) is a great record, and it was as good as the band was when it was put out, but now we’ve moved on. I think the band sounds a lot better than that record now. We’re trying to make the next record sound as good as we think we could be,” said Denson.Slipping in and out of each genre gracefully, Vinyl creates one solid musical groove, a sound hard to categorize.”Categories are a drag,” Geoff Vaughan, bass player, said. “It’s groove music. We don’t just jam, the songs have parts. We don’t just go off into oblivion. There is a beginning, middle and end with room for fooling around in the middle.”

Being vocalist free, when writing songs Vinyl draws on the individual music tastes of its members.”Among the members of the band, the guys listen to a lot of reggae and Latin music and hip hop,” Vaughan said. “The members’ music collections are varied. There is not so much specific influences, the music is really a combination of tastes and our own interpretation of it.”For ticket information, log on to http://www.statebridge.com or call the venue at 653-4444.Cool nights, hip catsThe Vail Jazz Foundation’s Labor Day weekend party features four days of world-class jazz sessions.Beginning at 8 Friday night, the sessions at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa will pick up around noon and go late into the night. Organizer Howard Stone said that the ballroom is set up like a nightclub, and the atmosphere is that of a fairly casual jam-session.Musicians are sometimes called up to the stage by other performers to sit in for a set, and patrons will get the chance to mingle with artists. The festival represents most of the jazz spectrum and beyond, incorporating gospel, blues and Latin sounds, as well.There are all manner of combinations including vocal masters, soloists, duos, trios and more. In addition to the music, there are some other unique aspects to the festival.

On Sunday, people will gather for the Morning Gospel Prayer Meetin’, which begins early at 10 a.m. A 40-voice gospel choir takes the stage to sing, and the audience is encouraged to participate. The event includes a power-point sing-along, and in years past, there has been no shortage of fired-up participants.”It is rip-roarin’ – people get up and dance,” Stone said.For more information on the Vail Jazz Festival, log on http://www.vailjazz.org or call 479-6146.Pete Fowler contributed to this report.Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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