DJ Peter Blick bids farewell to Vail
Vail CO, Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Peter Blick, the well-known DJ and Samana Lounge talent booker, is leaving the Vail Valley in Colorado. Blick plans to move on Tuesday to Austin, Texas, which he describes as the live music capital of the world.
“I’ve lived in the snow off and on for a lot of years,” he said. “I lived in Sun Valley, Idaho, before I moved to Colorado the first time. It’s a big ski town. I’m ready to move somewhere warm.”
As Blick moves on to a “bigger, less seasonal market,” friends say he will leave a lasting impression on Samana. Scott Stoughton, general manager at Samana, said Blick expanded the club’s roster of DJs from mainly local acts to big names from across the country.
“He’s opened us up to the national and international market,” Stoughton said. “He started bringing in some huge DJs and he created a pretty impressive family vibe between DJs and Samana crew and Vail locals.”
When he wasn’t booking bands, Blick manned the turntable dressed in wacky costumes. Friends appreciate his dry sense of humor.
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“Nobody can rock a pumpkin suit with a straight face like Peter Blick,” Stoughton said.
Blick and Stoughton met in the late 1990s in Idaho. Stoughton had been touring with a band called Sucker; Blick held a job booking music at the bar Whiskey Jack’s.
“When I opened Samana in 2004, (Blick) consulted with me on the project,” Stoughton said. “He was in San Francisco. He consistently sent DJs my way. He moved back to Colorado three years ago and became my full-time talent buyer and resident prankster.”
Although Blick is leaving the valley, he plans to stay involved with Samana.
“I have the greatest crew in the world here and I love it,” he said. “Just a stepping stone, though. I have to move on. I’m going to continue working with Scotty and bring in some bands and DJs. I’m going to be in the middle of it all, so if anything I think it will set Samana up to bring in higher quality acts.”
As Blick heads to Austin to look for a job in the music biz, he will take good memories with him. He is proud of attracting acts such as Smalltown DJs, Hybrid and Mark Farina to Samana.
“As far as emotions go: I’m a little bit sad but definitely excited to go,” he said.
Friends and coworkers at Samana plan a farewell bash Saturday night for Blick. During the “Redneck Rave” at Samana, Blick will spin a mix of house, electro and party tracks with DJ Hal and DJ Adamross.
Although Stoughton plans to keep working with Blick over the Internet, he said friends at Samana will miss Blick.
“I’m really happy for him pursuing his career in Austin,” Stoughton said. “I think it’s a really good move for him. At the same time, (I’m) definitely sad and I’m going to feel a big hole in myself and Samana for a bit of time.”
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