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High Altitude Society column: Musician Jonny Lang visits Beaver Creek, stirs the soul

VPAC’s Executive Director Kris Sabel and Development Coordinator Beth Pond (third from left) greeted guests in the May Gallery before the Jonny Lang concert in Beaver Creek on Wednesday.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

Concert-goers at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Wednesday night were enticed to do some deep soul searching with the lyrical and musical prowess of Jonny Lang. The lead guitarist and vocalist launched his crowd into a dizzying and spellbinding trance with his guitar solos and the execution of his passionate musicianship. Lang seemed to channel something larger than himself with every ounce of his being. It was not a performance. Overheard at the show: “He is not worried about how he looks or performs. He is simply sharing his passion and conveying that to his listeners.”

Lang said to the audience: “We appreciate you guys so much. It means the world to us that you have come out to see us play tonight. Thank you. It is good to be back … I love Colorado.”

An Eclectic Mix

Lang introduced his phenomenal band with the respect and care shown to family members. From there it was an eclectic mix of blues, rock and jazz as the band did numbers including, “We are the Same,” “The Truth,” “River,” “Seasons” and “What You’re Looking For.”

Stephanie Saint-Thomas, who was visiting from Salt Lake City and is a mixed-media artist participating in the Art on the Rockies Festival at Colorado Mountain College this weekend, was thrilled to be in the presence of the guitar prodigy and virtuoso. Saint-Thomas, who is married to a musician shared, “Jonny Lang is committed to every note and chord.”

Highlighting his new album, “Fight For My Soul,” the concert made a few believers out of the crowd.

“With this album, I really look forward to bringing our music to people in places where I’ve never been before,” Lang said. “Music is one of the greatest conveyers of ideas and emotions, and in a sense that doesn’t have as much to do with the individual performing, but the power of the connection. One of my goals is the music can be a blessing to the people listening to it in some way. And if ‘Fight For My Soul’ can help somebody by making them feel better or that they’re not alone, that’s my idea of success for this album.”

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at highaltitudesociety@vaildaily.com.

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