Country stars at the Vilar |

Country stars at the Vilar

Kris Sabel
Vail, CO, Colorado

Editor’s note: Director’s Corner is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundations, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.

As summer in the Vail Valley winds down, the concert season at the Vilar Center is still going strong. In addition to the remaining three concerts this month, we’ve just confirmed Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson for Sept. 27. Add to that the Sept. 13 appearance by comedian Craig Shoemaker ” and we’re off to a fantastic fall!

But today I want to talk about an amazing opportunity to see one of country music’s biggest bands in the intimate venue of the Vilar Center: Diamond Rio on Aug. 23.

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Diamond Rio has charted 33 singles on the U.S. country music charts ” five of which reached number one. They’ve been nominated for 13 Grammy awards, won two Academy of Country Music awards, and been nominated for 15 Country Music Association awards ” more than any other group in history.

Among their most recognizable hits are “Meet in the Middle,” “Beautiful Mess” and “I Believe.” They’re known for rich vocal harmonies and deft guitar work, which helped to define the “young country” movement of the early 1990s. In 1998, they were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the first band in 14 years to achieve that honor.

And imagine ” all that talent, right onstage at the Vilar Center. If you look at Diamond Rio’s tour schedule, you’ll see arenas, civic centers and fairs listed as venues. The Vilar Center, with only 530 seats, affords a completely different experience for the listener. You’ll hear every note, every soaring harmony, every chord that these superstars perform. Rather than seeing the award-winning band at a distance across a crowd of several thousand, they’ll be front and center, performing in one of the most acoustically pristine halls in the region.

Please join us at the Vilar Center for what is sure to be the country music performance of the summer ” I hope to see you there!

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