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Huge shows booked for the off-season in Beaver Creek

Kris Sabel
Director's Chair
Beaver Creek, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Black Crowes kick off the VPAC Winter 09-10 concert series with a special fall date on November 14.
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The spring and fall – those curious times between ski season and summer – have been called many things including “the off season,” “the shoulder seasons” and “mud season.” For those of us who live here full time, we don’t really care what you call it: we just know that these are very special times. Traffic is slower, lines at restaurants and stores are shorter, the weather is great and life seems a bit simpler, a time to reflect and rejuvenate.

But we are not in hibernation, and we need entertainment opportunities to keep us engaged in these slower months. The VPAC has heeded this call, and presents several great shows from September through November.

And we just announced two huge additions to this fall schedule.

On Oct. 24, singer, songwriter and pianist Vienna Teng will take the stage and on Nov. 14, rock icons The Black Crowes make their VPAC debut.

Tickets for both shows go on sale today at 11 a.m. Other fall shows already on sale include Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Sept. 26 and The Ten Tenors on Nov. 19. I will be talking more about each of these shows as we get closer to their actual dates, but wanted you to be thinking about them and get them marked on your calendars so they don’t pass you by.

Vienna Teng is an incredibly talented pianist, singer and songwriter who will blow you away. Her musical style incorporates folk, pop, classical piano and a cappella. The piano is her primary instrument and her songs are filled with emotion and personal history. Her voice is a lovely alto and the total package is mesmerizing.

Her musical influences include James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Mozart and Beethoven. The first time I played her music I had to listen to the entire CD from start to finish and then went back and listened to it again. She has released four critically acclaimed albums, landing her on the Billboard charts and in Amazon.com’s top 10. She regularly sells out theaters across the U.S. and Europe, and fans travel hundreds of miles to catch a single show. Her opening sets for the likes of India.Arie, Joan Baez and Madeleine Peyroux end in standing ovations. This is a concert you cannot miss, please take my word for it and snap your tickets up early.

The Black Crowes really need no introduction or explanation, but for those unfamiliar with them, they are a blues-oriented, hard rock jam band who has sold over 20 million albums. Hailed by Melody Maker as “The Most Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World,” they create a classic rock sound that appeals to fans of all ages. In 1990, the readers of Rolling Stone named them the ‘Best New American Band.’ They have toured with many classic rock bands including Aerosmith, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, AC/DC, The Grateful Dead and Neil Young. This will be a rocking good time and we expect these tickets to sell out fast so reserve your seats on Friday!

Also in our fall line-up, we are excited to be bringing The Ten Tenors on Nov. 19. Following in the footsteps of Luciano Pavarotti and the famous Three Tenors, The Ten Tenors have been seen by over 75 million people in audiences on 4 continents around the world. Although all classically trained, their performance will showcase their vocal power in musical selections that vary from opera to rock, pop to jazz and much, much more. In their VPAC performance, we’ll have the opportunity to witness the power of all 10 tenors on stage at once, in a program titled “Nostalgica,” featuring musical selections from the ’20s and ’30s through to current day.

Before we even arrive in the fall, we still have two more great summer concerts on tap. Michael Bolton next Thursday and Rick Springfield on Aug. 29. For information on all of these artists, go to our Web site, http://www.vilarpac.org. I look forward to seeing you at the theater.


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