Hot drinks and cool tunes for Vail Valley’s apres scene
Vail, CO Colorado
It’s not a true apres-ski experience without a little live music. Coming from the French word meaning to “socialize after skiing,” the Vail Valley offers quite a few musical acts that accompany the dining and drinking. From classical piano music to classic rock n’ roll, just like the food, there’s a little something for everyone. Below is a rundown of the ongoing apres-ski nightly music offered at local restaurants.
Long-time local musician Phil Long is back again at the Red Lion every Wednesday thru Saturday 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. As co-owner of the Red Lion, Long as been performing at the restaurant for more than 20 years. While Long’s voice might be new to visitors, few locals are unfamiliar with the musician’s upbeat covers of classic songs. To many, Long’s musical stylings are the very definition of apres music. Whether on guitar or keyboard, Long keeps the crowd returning season after season.
“Phil just creates an environment in the restaurant that everyone comes back-to,” Justin Bell, manager at the Red Lion, said in an interview with the Vail Daily last summer. “With his style he brings the whole restaurant into his playing. No one’s left out.”
No matter how many times one sees Long while dining at the Red Lion, it’s never quite the same show twice.
Also at the Red Lion, Brendan McKinney will play Sundays and Mondays and Scott Rednor will perform on Tuesdays.-
Steve Meyer, also known as the “Good Times Man” will play frequently at The Club in Vail Village starting at 5 p.m. this season. Performing most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with the occasional Wednesday, Meyer will entertain the crowd with music and a little bit of comedy. A singer-songwriter who blends rock and country, Meyer has been an apres staple at The Club since 1986. Local favorite Wes Yoakam will often follow Meyer starting at 10 p.m. “The Club itself has always had local and regional music,” Patrick O’Neil, owner of The Club, said in an interview with the Vail Daily this summer. “It’s all about having fun, coming out and dancing and having a blast. The artists we have showcase that aspect.”
Pepi’s Bar and Restaurant
Acoustic guitarist Rod Powell has been putting on a show at Pepi’s for more than two decades. He will perform Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 to 10 p.m. with breaks in between. Jonny Mogambo, a signer and guitarist who plays everything from The Doors to Edwin McCain, will take the spotlight Saturday through Monday starting at 4:30 p.m.
Kira Cameron, manager of Pepi’s said that both musicians get the audience on their feet during shows.
“(The music) really gets the crowd going,” Cameron said. “People often get up and dance. It’s acoustic guitar music but they get the crowd rocking and rolling.
The King’s Club at the Sonnenalp Resort
Kevin Danzig will also perform at The King’s Club on Monday nights from 8 to 11 p.m. An acoustic singer-songwriter with a slight pop flavor, Danzig’s new songs are inspirational and uplifting.
Bearfish Bar and Grill
The West Vail bar hosts a mid-week jam Wednesdays with George Hilliard and Skip Dog at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. The Dead Rednecks will perform each week. Hilliard describes the music at Bearfish as “genuine tailgate jamming.”
Tavern on the Square at Arrabelle
Musicians and bands from Peter Fontanese will play at the Tavern on the Square this winter season daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. The acts featured perform everything from piano, jazz, acoustic, and some good-old-fashioned rock n’ roll. The music provided by Fontanese fits perfectly with the restaurant’s casual-dining atmosphere, said assistant manager Dennis La Hart.
“They play a great variety,” LaHart said. “Whether it’s contemporary, folk, or rock, it’s just always really consistent musicians.”
Folk rock musician Kevin Danzig will play Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 11 p.m.
Grouse Mountain Grill
Tony Giliza, or “Tony G” as the locals call him, is a pianist who has been providing the Grouse Mountain Grill with smooth jazz tunes and some cool conversation for more than 20 years. He will perform every Wednesday through Sunday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tony G offers a smorgasbord of jazz styles – big-band, Latin, New Orleans, contemporary – that jives with the restaurant’s lively atmosphere.
Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor’s Gulch
Singer and guitarist Robert Ingram performs Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional music on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. A rotating cast of musicians, including Brendan McKinney and the Brent Gordon duo, will play on Sundays. With his smooth southern drawl that accompanies soulful songs on guitar, Eagle-resident McKinney is a local favorite.
Splendido at the Chateau in Beaver Creek
Splendido features one of their two pianists nightly starting at 7 p.m. Bob Finnie plays popular piano tunes, and his repertoire ranges from Steely Dan to Elton John to the Beatles. Peter Vavra relaxes those dining at the restaurant with classical music.
Cima at the Westin Riverfront Resort
Cima, formerly Avondale, will offer three apres acts this winter. Acoustic guitarist Kevin Lacrrabba will play Mondays from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Contemporary band Turntable Review will play Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 6:30 to 9 p.m. BLT, a jazz keyboard and percussion ensemble made up of Brian Loftus on drums and Tony Gulizia on bass, piano and vocals, will play Friday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Vista at Arrowhead
Mickey Poage will play six days a week Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. After playing at the Lodge at Vail for 35 years, Poage has found at new home performing the audience at Vista restaurant. Still with his Yamaha grand piano, Poage continues to do what he does best by being a class-act apres entertainer.
We’ll be running this apres entertainment listing throughout the season. Have an apres event you’d like to see included here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.