Finding a Common Thread through music in Beaver Creek |

Finding a Common Thread through music in Beaver Creek

Charlie OwenVail, CO,
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK Jennifer Nettles, lead singer for the multi-platinum country music duo Sugarland, is willing to overlook a few things to work with fellow musicians and help a handful of charities. Differing genres, styles and fan bases aside, Nettles is pulling together a new music festival with singer/songwriter Amos Lee and folk-rocker Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls to raise money for different charities like the American Cancer Society, the American Liver Foundation, Honor the Earth and the Music & Mentorship Program of Intercultural Family Services. She named the music festival Common Thread because even though these artists are worlds apart in the musical realms they represent, she knows that music often speaks to everyone when words alone fail.I thought, what if we put together a festival that wasnt just a country festival or a Lollapalooza that has the alternative-rock scene, but was more about the fact that we do have things in common regardless of genre. Lets see what happens, Nettles said in an e-mail.

The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek will host the inaugural Common Thread music festival Thursday night. All proceeds will benefit the aforementioned charities. VIP ticket holders will get the chance to attend a silent auction and champagne reception with the artists; money raised during the event will also go to charity. Items up for bid include one-of-a-kind paintings, photographs and memorabilia signed by the Common Thread artists.Were very excited to have this exclusive benefit concert at the Vilar Center, said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. This special triple-bill charity show is only playing three theaters in the nation, and were very proud to be one of them. And not only are these amazing artists, but how wonderful that theyre donating the proceeds of this concert to charity. Its a terrific partnership between the arts and philanthropy.

The show will be a scaled-down acoustic performance, Nettles said, adding that this is also a chance for the artists to get to hang out and see each other play, something they rarely get to do with such busy schedules. It will also introduce fans of the individual artists to other forms of music. In the end, she hopes the event will inspire all who attend to work for positive social change around them. Common Thread allows us as artists to share what we have in common, outside of music. We want to give and we want to affect change in our communities, Nettles said. Common Thread is a mirror of itself, and it reflects its own message. I dont have to go out and create the biggest festival ever, I just have to allow a door to open and see who walks in.High Life writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 970-748-2939 or

What: Common Thread music festival featuring Sugarland, Emily Saliers from the Indigo Girls and Amos Lee.When: Thursday night at 8 p.m.Where: The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.Cost: $50 and $150 based on seating and a select number of VIP tickets are available for $500. All proceeds benefit the the American Cancer Society, American Liver Foundation, Honor the Earth and Music & Mentorship Program of Intercultural Family Services.More information: Call 888-920-2787 or visit

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