Everlast to perform in Vail
Vail CO, Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Erik Schrody has enjoyed a number of musical identities, both literally and figuratively, during the course of his career, many of which will be on display Wednesday as the artist known as Everlast brings his multi-dimensional hip-hop sound to Vail, Colorado, for the next to last Bud Light Street Beat free show.
The Irish-born Everlast emerged as a member of Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate for his 1990 solo album Forever Everlasting before moving on to form the pioneering rap group House of Pain with friends DJ Lethal and Danny Boy. The group went multi-platinum with their self-titled 1992 debut, which produced the rap anthem “Jump Around.”
Everlast’s true self emerged upon the demise of House of Pain, when he pursued a solo career while also creating the alter ego of Whitey Ford for his inaugural release on his own, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, in 1998. Hip-hop was now just one of many ingredients in his sound, and he was just as likely to pick up an acoustic guitar as bust a hard-core rap. The sound became a stirring hybrid of turntables and acoustic guitars he termed “hick-hop.”
“That’s my hip-hop alias,” explained Everlast, relative to the Whitey Ford moniker. “There’s no connection to Whitey Ford (legendary New York Yankee pitcher) other than the fact that he’s Irish and I’m a Yankee fan. It’s a description, a color of a crayon more than anything, a persona I use to speak through.”
While recording Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, Everlast suffered a massive cardiac arrest stemming from a congenital defect, which resulted in heart bypass surgery and an artificial valve implant. Following his recovery, he completed the recording, which went platinum, launching the pervasive Top 40 single “What It’s Like.”
After appearing on Santana’s vaunted comeback album Supernatural, he began work in 2000 on Eat at Whitey’s, the follow-up release that enjoyed critical notice, although not quite as commercially successful as the original. His work on Santana’s “Put Your Lights On” earned him a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
After a 2004 foray into the moody, song-driven and country influenced White Trash Beautiful, along with a reunion with his House of Pain albums in a hip-hop supergroup entitled La Coka Nostra, Everlast revisits his Ford character once again with 2008’s Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford.
“I’ve really changed the sound on what I do,” Everlast said. “It’s not so acoustic-based anymore. There are different textures and it rocks a lot harder.”
All Bud Light Street Beat free concerts get underway at 6 p.m. at either Checkpoint Charlie in the heart of Vail Village or at the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead.
In addition to the free concert, Eagle, Lake and Summit County residents can register to win a 2009 Volvo C-30 from Volvo Cars of North American. The winner will be announced at the final Street Beat concert on April 15.
Out of town guests can also cash in as Volvo Cars of North America, the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail have teamed up to provide the Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway for a lucky non-resident, featuring a return vacation trip to Vail with deluxe accommodations. The Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway will also be awarded next week.
The Bud Light Street Beat free concert series comes to a close next week with the final free show and Grand Prize giveaways, featuring Chadzilla and the Asteroids. The Bud Light Street Beat free concert series, presented by Volvo, is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on Bud Light Street Beat, visit http://www.streetbeatconcerts.com. For more information on the Foundation, contact (970) 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.