Denver band Tracksuit Wedding plays benefit for ski museum, Youth Initiative Project
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What: Denver band Tracksuit Wedding performs at fundraiser for Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiative Project and the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum.
When: 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 6.
Where: Shakedown Bar, 304 Bridge St., Vail.
Cost: $10 suggested donation.
VAIL — Denver band Tracksuit Wedding will perform a special “Friend-Raising” concert from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Shakedown Bar. With a suggested donation of $10, the show will serve as a benefit for Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiative Project and the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum’s upcoming expansion and transformation.
“We’ve wanted to come play a show in Vail because I spend my weekends up in Vail skiing with my family,” Tracksuit Wedding co-founder Libby Anschutz said. “Chris Anthony has been a longtime friend of mine, and I wanted to do something that would benefit his nonprofit. He suggested that the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum would also be a good partner because he works closely with them.”
‘Band on the Move’
Tracksuit Wedding is the musical collaboration of Anschutz and Ali Pashel Frankfurt, two grade-school friends from Denver. As adults, they reconnected and discovered their mutual passion for rock. They have surrounded themselves with a group of highly talented musicians and spent several years focusing on performing hits from the 1970s and 1980s.
Recognized by the Denver Post as a “Band on the Move,” Tracksuit Wedding has collectively played shows with everyone from Michael Franti to BB King.
Following a series of successful summers playing some of Colorado’s biggest venues, the band began composing original songs. Those who attend Sunday’s event will hear songs from the band’s recently released, self-titled CD, “Tracksuit Wedding.”
The mission of Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiative Project is to improve quality of life through introducing youth to educational enrichment opportunities. A longtime Vail Valley local and professional skier, Anthony developed a classroom program that has been shared with more than 20,000 students during the past 16 years.
In 2013, the project obtained its nonprofit status, and Anthony has now added two additional components to the program’s mission, including a scholarship program, with financial aid available for beyond-the-classroom experiential educational opportunities, and building educational tools.
The museum’s $3 million transformation involves not only expanding the current facility footprint by approximately 675 square feet but, more important, modernizing all of the exhibit space, incorporating state-of-the-art multimedia into streamlined exhibits, with prominence given to the 10th Mountain Division.
The transformation calls for moving the museum entrance to the west in order to align with the exterior stairway from Vail Village and increasing the square footage by expanding to the south. Construction is set to begin mid-August, with the facility reopening in mid-December.