Hotel Cafe musicians perform in Vail Friday
On Thursday morning singer/songwriter Cary Brothers and a few other Hotel Cafe musicians sprinted across the Los Angeles airport to make their flight to Colorado. Missing it would have meant missing at least part of the Vail Film Festival. “Anything for the Vail film festival,” he said, panting into the phone during a quick interview before boarding his flight. “There better be some good snow.”Uh, that could be a problem.”Perfect, I’ll take a hot tub,” Brothers quipped. For the seventh year in a row, musicians from L.A.’s Hotel Cafe are taking part in the Vail Film Festival. “Pretty much whoever is not on tour wants to come to Vail. It’s kind of like a little spring break in the snow for everyone,” Brothers said. It’s nice to come. There’s almost like a family vibe here now, we come in and see familiar faces. And every year the show’s get bigger and bigger.”This year, seven musicians will take the stage tonight for a concert tonight at The Sebastian in Vail.”We’ll have a proper rock and roll show with a full band, as opposed to the acoustic shows of the past,” Brothers said.
The most recognizable musician on tonight’s lineup is three-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles. She’s known for the chart-topping songs “Love Song,” “Winter Song” and “King of Anything.” She is currently a judge on NBC’s hit show “The Sing Off.” Tonight marks Bareilles’ first time performing at the festival. Javier Dunn, who has toured with Bareilles is coming for the first time as well. Brothers, who just finished recording an EP of cover songs this week and is well known for his song “Blue Eyes” from the Grammy-winning ‘Garden State’ soundtrack. He’s has contributed many songs to film and television. Laura Jansen, a Dutch/American singer songwriter with a number of hit songs who just completed touring with Joshua Radin will return to the festival, as will Greg Laswell. Buddy, who has had songs on Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and Ghost Whisperer, is back. Harper Blynn, a four-member band that has received acclaim for its debut album “Loneliest Generation,” is also performing for the first time in Vail tonight. “They’ve becomoe quite an amazing act themselves in L.A. and Brooklyn,” Brothers said. “They’ll be playing their own set as well as helping us out.”
When Cross launched the festival in 2004 with his brother, Scott, the two realized early on the importance of incorporating music into the festival. They partnered with the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, which has many musicians who have contributed music to films and television.”We immediately knew that their independent mindset and singer songwriter style was ideal for the festival,” Cross said. The collaboration was a win-win for both the Cross brothers and the musicians.”It’s a great place for them to network with attending indie filmmakers and possibly collaborate in the future,” Cross said. “Cary Brothers is a great example of what can happen when a filmmaker works with a musician who shares the same vision.”It’s no secret that music is a very powerful tool for a filmmaker.”It can have a dramatic affect on a film,” said Sean Cross, co-founder of the Vail Film Festival. “Music has an emotional impact on people and, as such, can heavily influence the way someone feels when watching a movie.”When used well, “music can work with the moving image to make the viewer connect to the characters or the scene in a much deeper way,” Cross said.High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.