Director’s Chair column: Warren Haynes will keep it fresh in Beaver Creek
If you go …
What: Warren Haynes and the Ashes & Dust Band.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
Cost: $78 general admission, or $98 orchestra pit standing.
More information: Tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.
At the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, we are always trying to bring our audiences an assortment of new and exciting talent, as well as some of your more well-known, established performers. On Sunday, however, we’re going to host a performer who is a mix of both.
Grammy Award-winning artist Warren Haynes, a late but exciting addition to our 2016 Winter Series, has been recognized as a cornerstone of the American music landscape and revered as one of the finest guitar players in the world. Despite being part of three of the greatest rock groups in music history — Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and The Grateful Dead — Haynes is constantly reinventing himself.
His most recent musical venture, the studio album “Ashes & Dust,” pays creative homage to his eclectic and experimental nature. His acoustic arrangements and blend of Americana and folk tunes may surprise even some of the most devout of Haynes’ followers.
“My playing here is quite different from what I’ve done in recent projects. It’s showcasing a side of my musicality that’s unlike, in some cases, anything I’ve ever done,” he said. “I like to adapt to my surroundings — to the music itself and to the musicians, trying to choose a musical voice that fits into the overall picture a certain way.”
In 2012, Haynes received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. He accepted the award amongst the likes of other musical greats, including George Jones, Diana Ross and Glen Campbell. When you’re in such great company, you wouldn’t blame someone for taking it easy and playing the go-to fan favorites — but that just isn’t the Warren Haynes way.
A new side showcased
He’s challenged himself to be new and fresh and to write the music he loves. In turn, he’s challenging us, his audience, to reimagine the way we see and listen to Warren Haynes. If there’s one thing we get excited about at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, it’s a good challenge.
“I’ve been writing songs all my life from a more folky, singer-songwriter, even Celtic direction,” Haynes said. “For a while, I’ve been compiling songs that didn’t necessarily fit in with Gov’t Mule or the Allman Brothers or even my last solo album. So this record was really a chance to bring a lot of that music to fruition. It’s really given me the opportunity to take a lot of songs I love, that didn’t have a home, and build a home for them.”
Thankfully for all of us, Beaver Creek will get to be a home for his music for a night.
Kris Sabel is the executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center.