It’s crunch time for concerts in the valley |

It’s crunch time for concerts in the valley

Charlie OwenVail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily SeepeopleS plays for Finnegan's Wake "Close the Beav Bash 2007" Saturday.

Everybody hopes that this day will never come, but alas, it has arrived – the closing day of Beaver Creek. It has been another stellar season, but all good things must come to an end, and the ski season is no exception. This Sunday, Beaver Creek mountain will officially close. Of course, Vail still has another week before it closes, so make the most of it before you have to drive to A-Basin for your turns. With the final days of the Beav approaching, the opportunities to celebrate music and the mountain lifestyle abound. Got gospel?Tonight at the Sandbar, the Coyote Gospel will preach the truth through music with an eclectic blend of bluegrass, folk and old-time Americana. The Gospel has worked hard during the past few years building a very large following and spreading acoustic joy wherever they may roam. They can jam with the best of them, too, and fans of bands like Widespread Panic and the String Cheese Incident will feel right at home with Coyote Gospel. Get lost in the mountains with the true Rocky Mountain experience.

Forget your worries and danceFriday night you can head over to Samana Lounge for an evening packed with dancing and good vibes. Special guest DJ Seven will be contributing to an already stellar cast of house DJs, and the party will not stop until it has to. Host DJ Peter Blick will kick things off with a smooth blend of house and electronic warming up the crowd. DJ Seven will keep it going, raising the bar with heavy mixing skills and an infinite knowledge of each genre of music. One will not know what to expect from one moment to the next, because Seven can do it all – and probably will. Also joining the fun will be DJ Hal and DJ adamROSS.Saturday is going to be a very big day, so try to save some energy for the late night action. King of slopeside entertainmentFinnegan’s Wake Irish Pub jumps into the mix with its “Close the Beav Bash 2007.” Don’t miss out on the party as Finnegan’s Wake closes down Beaver Creek in style with live music and drink specials all night long. Jonny Mogambo will rock out with heavy jams and the infamous “Shotski.” If you are a local, you already know how much fun a Mogambo show is, if you are not, then go see the King of Slope-side Entertainment before it’s too late. Stick around after Mogambo packs it up because the night is just getting interesting. SeepeopleS will play until closing time with a show that is sure to excite as well as stupefy. SeepeopleS’ combination of reggae, trance and psychedelic sounds are built on a smart-pop foundation, and enhanced by lights and visuals for one wild ride. This is sure to be a great end of the season party, so don’t miss out.

Follow the WaywordsWayword Sons will perform at the Sandbar Saturday night. Lead by former Yonder Mountain String Band member Benny Galloway, Wayword Sons has come a long way in a short time. With old-fashioned instrumentation and a formidable line-up of musicians, they craft thoughtful, fun and unique bluegrass that sounds as raw as it does polished. Fans of the Yonder Mountain String Band will find familiarity in the music, but can also enjoy the looser, more experimental quality of the Son’s new sound.Are you init?Loaded Joe’s presents initfortim this Saturday. This local quartet shreds the mountain by day and rocks out by night, and their name is as interesting as the music they play. They have earned a large following locally with intense, guitar driven melodies and energetic stage shows, and they continue to prove themselves to be a band with unlimited potential.

Not Kiddin’After the Pond Skimming contest at Golden Peak Saturday, be sure to stick around for the Kid Rock concert, sure to be one of the biggest shows this year. That’s right, you heard me, Kid Rock is headlining the Spring Back to Vail concert series this year. America’s favorite white trash showman will raise hell and take names this Saturday night at Ford Park, rocking it like only the Kid can. I saw Kid Rock about six years ago, right after “Devil Without a Cause” had gone triple platinum, and I can tell you, he is no slouch. Famous for such radio hits as “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy,” and “Only God Knows Why,” Rock mixes his love for many genres into his songs. Heavy guitar riffs, hip-hop beats, southern rock and elements of blues can be found scattered throughout his massive catalog of songs – with cocky, in-your-face lyrics rapped over the music. He has made a name for himself as a white-trash rebel who loves women, whiskey and rock ‘n’ roll, and his stage show reflects just that. Whatever your opinion of Kid Rock may be, he puts on a crazy, no-holds-barred rock show and his love of performing comes out on the stage. After the concert, change your wife-beater, and head over to 8150 for the Kid Rock after party. Little Hercules takes over musical duties, jamming the rest of the night away.Party enhancementIn support of local businesses during the final days of the ski season, locals Aaron Childress and Jordan Rammarata of Mountain Productions will offer a promotional package to enhance your party experience. If you purchase a “Rally in the Valley” package, you receive a long sleeve tee-shirt commemorating the event and a voucher that will get you one free beer at each of the participating bars and restaurants until the season is over. There are nine establishments involved with the event: Art’s Bar, Tap Room, Ski Bar, Paddy’s, Sand Bar, Bagali’s, Brass Parrot, Bob’s and Agave. Rammarata was quick to point out that “for every package we sell, a portion goes to Habitat for Humanity.” So it’s all for a good cause. If anyone is interested in purchasing the package, Mountain Productions will have a booth set up at Vail and Beaver Creek until April 23.

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