Fifth Vail Music Faire promises day-long hometown concert |

Fifth Vail Music Faire promises day-long hometown concert

by Andy Stonehouse Special to the Daily

As one of the very few occasions where you can find Pat Hamilton, Sucker and the Eagle Valley Children’s Chorale on the same bill, the Vail Music Faire quite literally offers something for everyone.

Now in its fifth year, the free event – held all day Sunday at the Ford Amphitheater – is a chance for Vail Valley musicians from every genre to share their own particular brand of sounds with a receptive audience.

The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and runs straight through 10 p.m. with a run of artists that would make even Woodstock’s organizers seem a little short-sighted in comparison.

Organized by Club Chelsea’s Judy Alexander and friends, the Faire has been consistent in remaining open to any professional performer who works in Vail or is from Vail. It’s usually a bit like Lollapalooza in reverse – the community’s louder performers (Sucker, Soundfield and Little Hercules, for instance) play early in the afternoon, while the valley’s cast of audience-pleasing rock, jazz and apres regulars (the Satin Dolls and Bridge Streeters Phil Long, Rod Powell, Scott Munns and the Harry Baxter Band among them) are sprinkled through the afternoon. Throw in a bit of kids’ entertainment and the inevitable appearance of Helmut Fricker and you’ve got a magically inclusive day of music that represents every aspect of music in the Vail Valley.

Everyone gets 15 minutes in the spotlight; the whole shebang comes to a close at 9:30 p.m. with a monster jam featuring nearly all of the major performers.

Other artists appearing at this year’s Vail Music Faire include Troy Gray, Tom Rushlow, Dennis Vernon, Brendan McKinney, Joe and Terri Bianchi, Mac McCain, Bill Mullen, Peter Vavra, Justin Allison, Frank Chase, the Kathy Morrow Trio, Chuck and Theano Lamb, Helmut Fricker, Beth Swearingen, Don Watson and Prince Havely – plus appearances by the I’s Havit Trio, Go-Go Juice, Flashback, Renegade Housewife, Mountain Harmony, Lunar Navigation System and members of the Vail Valley Theater Company.

The Vail Music Faire tops off a weekend of art, food and wine, as the inaugural Vail Wine and Food Festival runs Friday through Sunday. Though separate events, members from both events consider them to be a good fit. In the Ford Amphitheater, music will be rolling right along all the live-long day, while out in Ford Park chefs will be cooking, wineries will be pouring and artists will be sculpting.

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