GRiZ, Big Grams, The Bright Light Social Hour headline music at Burton U.S. Open in Vail |

GRiZ, Big Grams, The Bright Light Social Hour headline music at Burton U.S. Open in Vail

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VAIL — This week, the 34th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships announced its all-star entertainment schedule, featuring free performances by established headliners and up-and-coming performers including GRiZ, Big Grams, The Bright Light Social Hour and The Sheepdogs.

The Burton U.S. Open has a long tradition of hosting free concerts for spectators to top off each day's snowboard events. Entertainment kicks off on Wednesday, March 2, following the Junior Jam award ceremony on the Solaris Plaza concert stage. The Sheepdogs, the first unsigned band to grace the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011, will hit the stage with "pure, simple, good-time music." The Saskatoon, Canada-based band recently released its fifth LP, "Future Nostalgia," firmly rooted in the rock tradition.

On Thursday, March 3, following a full day of halfpipe semifinals competition, The Bright Light Social Hour brings its electric live set to the Solaris Concert stage. The Austin, Texas-based rockers are currently touring behind 2015's "Space is Still the Place," which NPR described as "continually exhilarating." The band exploded onto the Austin music scene in 2011, taking home six South by Southwest Austin Music Awards with its self-titled debut album.

After the U.S. Open slopestyle finals award ceremony on Friday, March 4, American experimental hip-hop trio Big Grams take the stage. Big Grams consists of rapper Big Boi (half of the Outkast duo with Andre 3000) staying true to his trademark Southern rap style, merged with Phantogram, the electronic rock duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, contributing new wave synth and Barthel's vocals. The show comes ahead of a packed summer schedule of major music festivals for Big Grams.

GRiZ will close out the week of entertainment following the U.S. Open halfpipe finals award ceremony on Saturday, March 5. At only 25 years old, Detroit-based GRiZ (Grant Kwiecinski) has had a huge year. This self-described "saxophone-playing, electronic-funk music producer" has been dominating the world of electronic music, headlining some of the nation's top venues from New York to Los Angeles. The Saturday night party continues at the U.S. Open Closing Event at Dobson Ice Arena, with a lineup of DJs to keep the dance party going.

All events are free and open to the public. For details on the U.S. Open, follow the hashtag #burtonusopen or visit

Burton U.S. Open entertainment schedule

Wednesday, March 2

7-9:30 p.m. — The Sheepdogs at Solaris Concert Stage

Thursday, March 3

7-9:30 p.m. — The Bright Light Social Hour at Solaris Concert Stage

Friday March 4

6-9:30 p.m. — Big Grams at Solaris Concert Stage

Saturday, March 5

6-9:30 p.m. — GRiZ at Solaris Concert Stage

10 p.m. to 1 a.m. — U.S. Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena