King of Latin comedy lands in Vail Valley July 13
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of what we do is finding the balance between what works in Colorado’s Vail Valley and appeals to our committed audience and donor base, and finding what attracts new audiences to the Vilar Center for the first time.
The latter was certainly the name of the game last Sunday night in Beaver Creek at the sold out David Cook concert.
Before the show I took an informal show of hands to discover that a good 60 percent of the audience was at the Vilar Center for the first time. I trust it won’t be their last, based on the fact that they stood and cheered for the entire show.
Our ideal audience is a combination of die-hard fans who clearly know every word to every song, mixed with audience members who may not know much or anything about the artist performing. We find that this latter group, based on previous positive experiences in the Vilar Center, is willing to take a chance and try new things. They feed on the energy and excitement of the die-hard fans and hopefully, from somewhere in that mix, there emerges a whole new fan base for the artist.
To make a long statement short, it was really fun to see such a diverse and excited audience on Sunday, and a big ‘thank you’ to all those first timers for coming out.
Next up in the summer series is the king of Latin comedy, Paul Rodriguez, on July 13.
Comedy shows have always done well at the Vilar Center, but oddly enough we have not historically presented much comedy in the summer series. I’m not sure why, because there is never a bad season for making people laugh. And with all that’s going on in our world, from the economic downturn to political unrest, everyone could use a few laughs.
While comedy is available to us daily on cable TV, DVD and satellite radio, there is nothing like being at a live comedy show. The energy of the room, the live laughter and the physical response of the audience are all infectious.
I don’t consider myself a comedy fan, not something I’ve followed since my youth when I had Bill Cosby and George Carlin albums. Yet when it comes down to it, I really am a fan. We present three to five comedy acts a season and in almost all cases, I’m unable to tear myself away as I laugh and cry along with the rest of the crowd.
I anticipate the Rodriguez show will be that experience for me again. I have to admit that I’ve caught myself several times sitting and watching him on YouTube, howling with laughter and unable to turn it off. The guy is funny.
Rodriguez may be Hispanic and have a special connection to his community and culture, but even as a slow white guy, I have to say that Rodriguez speaks to the melting pot that is America.
He is the American dream. Born in Mexico and raised in California, he worked his way up through the comedy clubs to TV and then on to the big screen, and now he’s a bona fide star.
If you don’t know Rodriguez’s comedy, I urge you to check out http://www.vilarpac.org. If you go to Rodriguez’s page on the calendar, you’ll find a link to a “video room” of his live standup. So log on, turn your speakers up, and get ready to laugh until you cry.
And if you love watching his video, imagine what fun it will be to see him live, interacting with the audience and tailoring his standup to the Beaver Creek crowd.
It will be a night of riotous comedy and laughter, and I hope you’re there to share in it with us.
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