Commander Cody Band rocks Street Beat |

Commander Cody Band rocks Street Beat

Special to the DailyClassic rockers Commander Cody Band brings its 40 years of rock history to Street Beat Wednesday for a free concert at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village.

VAIL – In the late 1960s, some members of the Commander Cody Band were deciding on whether to go to grad school, or to follow a friend out west and pursue a career in music. The path that was chosen, led the guys to Berkeley, Calif., during the golden-era of explosive anti-war protests and free love. After 40 years of jammin’, the Commander Cody Band hits the Checkpoint Charlie stage in Vail Village at 6 p.m. Wednesday for the free Street Beat concert series.

In 1972, the Commander Cody Band found themselves with a top 10 hit, “Hot Rod Lincoln,” off their first album, “Lost in the Ozone,” which sold over a million records and launched the band into rock history. A few more tunes breached the Top 40, as the band hit the concert trail, playing the Fillmore Auditorium and finding themselves sharing the stage with The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin and The Eagles. They also backed up legends Gene Vincent, Link Wray and John Lennon. Later, Commander Cody’s 1974 album, “Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas,” was named as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Albums of All Times.” As part of the Street Beat free concert series, residents of Eagle and Lake counties may register weekly to win the season’s Grand Prize of a Volvo S40, provided by Volvo Cars of North America. Out of town guests can also cash in, as Volvo Cars of North America, the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail have teamed up to provide the Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway return vacation.

The Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway will include roundtrip domestic airfare for four, two double occupancy deluxe Vail accommodations for five nights, skiing for four or two rounds of golf for four and the use of a 2006 Volvo during their stay. Both Grand Prizes will be awarded at the final Bud Light Street Beat concert on Wednesday, April 19. Concert attendees are also eligible to win weekly prizes.The Street Beat free concert series is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2006. For additional information on the concert series or the Vail Valley Foundation, call 949-1999 or visit

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