Gandalf Murphy returns to Vail Valley
The recent rain and cold temperatures in Colorado’s Vail Valley do not make one think of summer, but heres something that might help.Monday is the first day of June, and the on-sale date for the entire summer concert series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. We have a great lineup of family films, documentary films, classical music, dance, theatre and, of course, the headlining concerts. We realize that summer is a time when people want to be outdoors, so we try to balance our schedule with the wide variety of other happenings in and around the Vail Valley. We hope this strategic scheduling makes it easier to choose when you want to come indoors for great entertainment. When you look at the wonderful high-profile artists we are fortunate to bring to our beautiful and intimate venue, we know it will be worthwhile to step into our theater after an amazing day in the Rocky Mountains. Though there are many opportunities to see music outdoors in the Vail Valley this summer, I assure you a completely different experience at the Vilar Center. If you really want an engaging, intimate, up-close experience with the performing arts and hope to witness and appreciate the fine skills that create such artistry and musicianship theres no better place to make part of your summer agenda than the Vilar Center. I encourage you to make your plans. Tickets for Dianna Krall and Michael Bolton went on sale earlier this spring. Krall is already sold out, and tickets for Bolton are going fast. Buying your tickets early ensures you the best selection of seats, and prevents you from kicking yourself when your favorite performance sells out quickly! The box office opens Monday at 11 a.m., so call 888-920-ARTS(2787), or go online at http://www.vilarpac.org or stop by the box office in Beaver Creek first thing on Monday to reserve your seats for this summer.As I am writing this column, we just confirmed a brand new addition to the summer concert series. On Sept. 28, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams will make a much anticipated return to the center. When we booked Gandalf Murphy two years ago, no one in our community had heard of them. In fact, there was some confusion as to whether they were a circus act, rather than an amazing ensemble of songwriters and musicians. I convinced a lot of people that winter to take a chance on them and the feedback I received was resoundingly positive. I would venture to say, I havent stopped hearing the praise since the night of that show. The music of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been variously described as hillbilly-Floyd, folk-pop, alt-country, roots-rock and surreal Americana all of which offer a clear indication of their singularly indescribable uniqueness. Dancing freely between social, religious and philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering and a WHOLE lot of fun. I lost count of how many people have asked me when they will be coming back. Well, theyre back! For those of you who missed them the first time, this is your golden opportunity. I promise you its a show you dont want to miss, and youll be converted instantly to a fan of this creative, unique tribe of musicians and storytellers.Expect them to perform music from all of their albums, including the recently released The Great Unravel, which I love. It is definitely worth a trip to their Web site http://www.slambovia.com to get just a small idea of what this creative group is all about. Ill be using this weekly column to examine each of our summer performers in depth in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned! In the meantime, for more information on the entire season, please go to http://www.vilarpac.org where you can read bios, listen to music, watch videos and link to artist Web sites. I look forward to seeing you at the theater this summer!