Dancing in the aisles
Editor’s note: Director’s Corner is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.
The Vilar Center’s summer series is winding down – but it’s not over yet! As we look forward to comedian Craig Shoemaker’s performance Sept. 13, as well as to some fantastic late-fall shows including Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson, I want to talk today about the final rock concert of the summer season: Tower of Power on Sunday night.
Back at the Vilar Center for a third engagement after selling out the theater twice before, Tower of Power may well put on the best party of the summer! The band describes their style as “urban soul music” and “old school funk with a new school flavor.” In fact, Ray Charles himself said that “when It comes to straight-up R&B, no band kicks it like Tower Of Power!”
With a legendary horn section and hits like “So Very Hard To Go” and “You’re Still a Young Man,” these guys have been at the top of the game since they started playing, which was almost four decades ago. Over those years, they have released 18 albums and collaborated with musical greats including Elton John, Aerosmith, Lyle Lovett, Phish and Huey Lewis, to name a few.The band has gone through what they describe as a “renaissance” in the last decade, touring almost non-stop, but maintaining a quality of sound that critics call “contemporary” and “tighter than a clenched fist.” In celebration of their third incredible performance at the Vilar, we’re even opening the orchestra “pit” to maximize dancing space in the theater. This is truly going to be an outrageous show not to be missed. But here’s the clincher – you’ve got to buy your ticket today. The show is selling fast, and if history is an indicator, you’ll be standing out in the street if you don’t snap up your seat soon. I hope to see you dancing in the aisles on Sunday – I know I will be!