Indians, movies, string bands and ballrooms
Along with buff, sandal-wearing athletes and outdoor sports groupies, the valley will be invaded by a series of shows and parties as the Teva Mountain Games helps the town fire up its engines for the summer season.Here’s a play-by-play for this weekends social events, from movies to music to booty-shakin’ and more:The MovieBack in the 1800s the Nez Perce Indian tribe earned its name from French fur traders who, upon seeing the trademark nose piercings of the natives, gave them the oh-so-creative name of “Nose Pierce” Indians.Back in those days a nose piercing was a matter of ritual, and now it’s a matter of fashion. But when pierced and non-pierced revelers show up at 8150 on Friday, June 6, for the valley premier of the new Teton Gravity Research film “Wehyakin”, the theme will most definitely be multi-culturalism.And (in case you’re wondering) the glue that binds this story together is the word “Wehyakin” itself, which the folks at TGR describe as a kind of spiritual force that Nez Perce natives looked to for guidance, “through unknown lands and over uncertain horizons.”And the movie Wehyakin is certainly about traveling through unknown lands and paddling over uncertain horizon lines although the movie won’t be completely ready until more footage arrives from Norway and other far-off lands. But expect to see jet-setting paddlers Alex Allen, Corey Boux, Brandon Knapp, Corran Addison, Flemming Schmidt, Mariann Saether, Morten Eilertsen, Jon Andresson, Shane Spencer, Ben Selznick, Seth Warren, Matt Rusher, Marlow Long, Nick Turner, Brooks Baldwin, Becky Bristow, Scott Fiendel, Matt Wilson, and Vail’s own Hobie (one word, like Madonna) rocking the screen in playboats and creekboats alike.Hobie, one of the valley’s favorite paddlers, is shown riding massive, 30- and 35-foot waves in his G-force kayak. Hobie is also lookin’ good on the California waves on a surfboard, surging double overhead waves side by side with Seth Warren and Brooks Baldwin, who are in kayaks. A calm channel allowed Marlow Long to paddle out to the waves and throw huge, back-to-back air screws the largest ever caught on film.The aerial maneuvers, says Hobie, are making the sport more exciting than ever before.”It’s like we’re just getting started now,” he says. “It’s not only just running big water falls and rapids freestyle is way more exciting to watch now. People are catching big air, and spectators can understand that.”The MusicFor anyone who saw Yonder Mountain String Band (YMSB) for the first time when they opened for String Cheese Incident in Steamboat Springs July 3 last year, it may have been surprising to not hear any percussion instruments, which have always been such a cornerstone to improvisational jam band music. However, by blending ad hoc jam progressions with a decidedly bluegrass twang, YMSB creates a full sound using four string instruments acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, and stand-up base.YMSB wasn’t headlining last summer’s show, but they certainly made an impression on the audience. The seemingly endless, fast-paced picking and mesmerizing single instrument solos led the crowd into the music and out of their minds as dusk descended on Mt. Werner.Now we get to do the same thing here in Vail at Ford Amphitheater on Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m.The String Band will kick off a three-show stay in Colorado with high-energy jams Friday night as they provide the perfect musical addition to the Teva Mountain Games.Tickets are available for $15 by phone at 845-TIXS and from Mojo Music in Avon, the Information Booths in Vail and Lionshead, B-Side Music in Edwards, Space Cowboy in Breckenridge and Sounds Easy in Carbondale.The booty-shakin’A ballroom feel prevails at the Tap Room and Sanctuary Saturday, June 7, as the three-tiered bar and restaurant serves up the Teva Mountain Ball at 9 p.m.Those who want to fine-tune their booty shakin’ abilities to different kinds of dancing tunes will be happy to note that each tier of the bar will feature different music. Shakin’ and steppin’ tunes will be offered on one level, top 40 dance music on another, and reggae dubs will be offered on another. By Tom Boyd and Matt Eversman
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