Last call for summer concerts |

Last call for summer concerts

Special to the DailyThe Motet will perform Tuesday at the Ford Amphitheater for one of the last concerts of the summer.

VAIL – The Ford Amphitheater will host two more concerts allowing attendees to soak up the last of the warm weather.Tuesday’s concert will be a jam-band groove exploration. Ethereal Plane opens for Motet with Kan’nal. Ethereal Plane comes from Boulder. They describe themselves as having a “diverse musical background to form a sound that is an ever-expanding journey through fusion, funk and rock, as well as improvisational exploration.”

Kan’nal should put on an interesting show. According to their Web site, the seven-piece primal dance band aims to move listeners with a full sensory barrage beyond just music. Theatrics include gypsy-dancing, fire displays, juggling and other performance art, which aim to bring the show to a mystical level. Digeridoo and strong hand-percussion give the music a tribal sound. The Motet is the headliner of this show. They strive for an eclectic sound. Spearheaded by its drummer, Dave Watts, The Motet fuses Afro-Beat, Afro-Cuban, Latin, funk and jazz idioms into their style. Watts has composed the entire repertoire, adding a high-energy, percussion-oriented style to many of the songs. Also thriving on improvisation and extended instrumental exploration, The Motet has been creating a stir among the jam-band world and leaving crowds dancing across the nation.The following Tuesday, Sept. 13, The Samples come to the amphitheater. The rock group epitomizes the phrase “less is more.” They take a minimalist approach to pleasing fans. Singer Sean Kelly writes simple songs about life, with lyrics about girlfriends, Marliyn Monroe or little silver rings, among other things. The beauty of it is the pure emotion put into the music and words.

“My favorite songs are minimal – ‘Rocking In The Free World,’ ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Comfortably Numb.’ Those songs face the world, but they do it with just a few instruments. I can’t explain why,” Kelly said on his Web site, “but that’s really all you need.”Tickets for both shows cost $9.77, and they begin at 6 p.m. Tickets bought in advance will get half-price food and cheap drinks at the show, as well as additional discounts at Vendetta’s. The shows will take place rain or shine – there are covered seats under the pavilion if weather turns rough.

Pete Fowler is a freelance writer and can be reached at, Colorado

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