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Cracker will headline 2013 World Championships bid party in Beaver Creek

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Cracker shot in NYC on June 7, 2006.
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BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO ” While the final decision on which site will play host to the 2013 World Alpine Ski Championships rests in the hands of the 17 members of the International Ski Federation Council, residents and guests of the Vail Valley will have an opportunity to send a message to the world Thursday evening, Nov. 29, as Beaver Creek Village hosts a 2013 Bid Party, highlighted by a free concert with traditional rockers “Cracker.”

“The Charles Schwab Birds of Prey Race Week is a great event to get caught up in and to enjoy as a family, whether you’re a ski racing fan or not,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “And, we have this chance to send the message to the world that this community is solidly behind the 2013 World Championships effort. We urge everyone to plan to be a part of any or all of the week’s activities, especially the 2013 Bid Party with Cracker, and help us send that message loud and clear.”

Scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and held in conjunction with the Charles Schwab Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week, the 2013 Bid Party will feature numerous free activities for the entire family, including photos with Santa, ice skating and an autograph session with the U.S. Ski Team.

In addition, coupons for one free beer, wine, soda or hot chocolate will be provided to the first 500 people to ride the bus from the lower Beaver Creek parking lots between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Additional festivities will include a beer garden, presentation of the bibs for Friday’s Birds of Prey World Cup Downhill race and Head Ski giveaways. Cracker is slated to play two free sets, the first starting at 5 p.m., while the second set is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m.

Cracker may be considered a somewhat traditional rock band, almost comparable to roots rock at times, yet singer/guitarist David Lowery’s roots are anything but traditional, since he fronted the ’80s alternative band Camper Van Beethoven.

Shortly after Camper Van Beethoven called it quits in 1990, Lowery began demoing material along with guitarist Johnny Hickman and bassist Davey Faragher, eventually going by the name Cracker, although several of these early demos would eventually surface under the title of David Lowery Demo Mixes.

By 1991, the newly formed band had signed a recording contract with Virgin and enlisted the help of several drummers/percussionists, including Jim Keltner, Rick Jaeger, and Phil Jones, issuing their self-titled debut in 1992. A year later, Cracker issued their best-known album, Kerosene Hat, which spawned the popular MTV/rock radio hit “Low.”

The 2007 Charles Schwab Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week will officially kickoff Thursday morning at 11 a.m. with the Downhill portion of the World Cup Super Combined event. The Slalom leg of the Super Combined is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start.

The 2007 Charles Schwab Birds of Prey is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on Birds of Prey, visit http://www.bcworldcup.com. For more information on the Foundation, contact 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.


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