It only takes one to win
VAIL -Boogie Machine was so successful in transporting Vail back to the ’70s during Wednesday night’s final Street Beat concert that even the babies had afros.Jackson Bumgardner, 1 year and 3 months old, sported a miniature black afro and baby-blue jump suit with sequince while dancing with his mother, Becky, to songs like “Play That Funky Music.”
Becky was with a whole crew of “Solid Gold” dancers from the Vail Medical Center who traded in their scrubs for sparkly bellbottoms and headbands in honor of Vicki Oruntree’s birthday.”This is my generation,” Oruntree said. “It’s a totally fabulous perfect birthday.”The main attraction, however, wasn’t the extra-large hair floating about the crowd like nylon sea urchins. What drew the large crowd to Checkpoint Charlie was the final chance to win a new 2006 Volvo S40 sedan.
People huddled in the sign-up booth until the 7:15 p.m. deadline, handing in their final entry of the season. But with just one entry in the hopper, Vail architect Tom Dubois rolled home from the show in his new Volvo sedan.”It’s hard to believe, but I only entered once,” said Dubois. “It was at the Gin Blossoms show.”Dubois earned his new ride by outscoring Vail’s Tricia Kellogg in the finals of the grand prize roll-off as contestants tumbled large vinyl dice down the on-stage ramp. Dubois advanced to the final by defeating TV8’s Trisha Swenson of Edwards and Darin Tucholke of Minturn, while Kellogg advanced with wins over Vail’s Tom Olsen and Steven Edwards, also of Vail.
“I did get some cool swag,” Edwards said.Street Beat may be over, but Hot Summer Nights, the concert series’ cousin, will return June 13 at the Ford Amphitheater. The 2006 schedule will feature and expanded total of 10 free shows with acts including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Asleep at the Wheel.For more information, visit the Vail Valley Foundation’s Web site at http://www.vvf.org.
Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14640, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado