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Hazel and subdudes offer free tunes in Vail

Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyColorado's beloved Hazel Miller plays a free concert at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village at 6:30 p.m.

With sunny summer days as the norm, the 2003 Vail Summer Sports Fest kicks off Saturday morning and goes through Sunday.

“The idea behind this was to put on an event that encompasses everything that goes on in the Vail Valley over course of the summer,” said James Deighan of Highline Sports and Entertainment, the event organizers. “So that means fly-fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, skateboarding and of course amazing entertainment.”

The festivities will commence Saturday with a Frisbee Dog Show on the Lionshead lawn. Several shows will be performed between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Fly casting clinics, golf demos, mountain bike trials and BMX bike expos will occur throughout the day – as will the chance to leave with some free swag.

Things switch over to out-and-out party mode at 5 p.m. at Vail Village’s Checkpoint Charlie. A surprise opening act gets the concert going at 5 p.m., followed by Colorado’s beloved Hazel Miller at 6:30 p.m. and the subdudes at 8 p.m.

“We wanted Colorado-liked and Colorado-based bands,” said Deighan. “As for Hazel, she’s loved all over the state.”

The statement rings true. Miller performed twice for the winter concert series, Street Beat, in Vail. Despite sub-zero temperatures, she drew crowds of folks in their ski boots, ready to get down and boogie for the soul.

“The subdudes were a massive draw in Boulder and Denver in the ’90s,” he continued.

After falling out of the limelight for a few years, they’re back in action, touring up a storm. The subdudes are in rare form.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.

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