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Emmylou Harris and others coming to Beaver Creek

Kris Sabel
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyCountry music sensation Emmylou Harris will perform at the Vilar Center on July 17. It's her only scheduled Colorado stop.
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Editor’s note: Director’s Chair 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.

It may still feel like winter with snow showers and cold nights, but summer is around the corner. Here at the Vilar Performing Arts Center we’re getting ready for tickets to go on sale for the summer concert series.

Summertime in Colorado is a music lover’s paradise, with an amazing variety of venues and music festivals catering to fans of all styles of music. The Vilar Center provides an opportunity to see many of your favorite artists right here in your home town. And the ability to see these concerts in the intimacy of a 530-seat venue really sets us apart.

Tickets go on sale to the public June 2 at 11 a.m., and will be available online at http://www.vilarpac.org, by phone at 970-845-TIXS (8497), and at the Vilar Center box office window.

Most of the artists on our 2008 summer concert series lineup need no introduction, but here are some thoughts on the first four concerts in our season. I’ll continue to profile our artists in this column in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned to learn a bit of insight on the incredible performers we’ll have at the Vilar Center all summer long!

On June 29, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/ producer Richard Marx teams up with Vertical Horizon’s lead vocalist/guitarist Matt Scannell for an acoustic evening of classic rock hits. Both artists will be performing Marx’s hits, including “Endless Summer Nights,” “Don’t Mean Nothing” and “Right Here Waiting,” as well as those of Vertical Horizon, including the smash hit “Everything You Want.” Marx placed himself in the record books as the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the Top 5 on the U.S. charts. I recently checked out his greatest hits album on Amazon.com. and was reminded of just how many hit songs he had. An acoustic evening with these two artists in the intimacy of the Vilar Center will be very special.

On July 12, Grammy Award-winning, triple platinum country music sensation Clint Black will perform for one night only. I doubt there is anyone not familiar with this country superstar, but the statistics speak for themselves: to date, Clint has had nearly two dozen No. 1 hit singles, and almost as many Top 5 and Top 10 hits, all of them original compositions. The number of awards crowding his trophy shelf surpasses the number of hit records. And the number of music fans he has performed for in concerts through the years is staggering. And yet only 530 lucky people will get to see him when plays at the Vilar Center.

On July 13 we have a rare opportunity to see guitar rock icon Todd Rundgren live. Considered by many to be the “Ultimate Rock Cult Hero,” Rundgren has maintained a legion of fans through four decades, rivaled only by The Grateful Dead. His pop hits include the singles, “I Saw the Light,” “We Gotta Get You a Woman,” “Hello, It’s Me” and “Bang on the Drum All Day.” Dedicated fans understand his impact on the music industry is much deeper and more influential than these hits. As a music producer he has worked with a variety of talented artists including Grand Funk Railroad, Patti Smith, The Tubes, The Pyschedilic Furs and most notably on Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” opus. In 2006 he became the lead singer for a new incarnation of “The Cars” band reformed as “The New Cars,” which had a successful tour and produced an acclaimed new album. Rundgren does not tour very often, so don’t miss this opportunity to see a musical legend.

On July 17, legendary Country Music Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris will make her debut performance at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. Harris has won 12 Grammy Awards, Ranked No. 22 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock ‘n’ Roll and ranked No. 5 on CMT 40 Greatest Women in Country Music. Her body of work is extensive and crosses numerous categories of music, including country, folk, alternative rock and alternative country. The variety of the work and her collaborations with other artists has garnered her a huge fan base, which has remained loyal over almost four decades. Harris’s new album “All I Intended To Be” is scheduled to be released June 10. The Vilar Center is proud to present her only concert date in Colorado this summer. We expect tickets for this evening to sell out on the first day of sales, so be sure to mark June 2 on your calendar and call to reserve yours early!

This is only a taste of the incredible range of talent that will be performing onstage at the Vilar Center this summer. To learn more about these artists, and to view our complete summer 2008 lineup, please visit http://www.vilarpac.org. And while you are browsing the site, we encourage you to join our e-mail list so you can be the first to hear about added performances, on-sale dates and more.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre this summer!


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