Letters: Live music needs support
Vail CO, Colorado
Support live music
I can tell you firsthand how difficult it is to lose music venues in this county, big and small, near and far. Where will the live music make its home this winter? I am not sure, but I do have a lot of ideas. More on that later.
Next week Vail is hosting one of the biggest up-and-coming contemporary artists of our time, Matisyahu, in our own backyard at one of the most beautiful venues in the country, the Ford Amphitheater. The Vail Valley Foundation went out on a limb to bring this event to us so if you are truly a supporter of live music, you need to make your voice heard by attending this event.
Throughout my years of playing, producing and promoting events in Vail I often hear, “Why don’t they use the amphitheater for more rock shows?” While there are a million factors that go into answering this question, one of the main reasons is that the large Front Range promoters place a proximity clause surrounding their events, barring performers from playing at least 100 miles and 60 days before or after their Denver performance. Since every artist in the world wants to play Red Rocks, we are left with slim pickings.
But enough with the challenges, the Foundation has brought us locals a winner. We are lucky to host this special event especially since he just came off a sold-out show at Red Rocks with 311. I admit that I am a huge reggae fan, but I also like high energy, raw rock and freestyle lyrics.
Matisyahu brings all of this with such a smooth style that it makes you remember why you love live performances. I caught the band in Denver last year at the sold-out Paramount theater show and I was blown away. The entire crowd was singing and moving to every tune with an intensity I have not observed live before. The message is there and the music is there, now let’s make sure Vail shows its support of live music by being there!
Hope to see you at the show, Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Ford Amphitheater.
School here to stay
It’s back to school time and also time to try to stop the rumors about Meadow Mountain Elementary School. My son is a second-grader at Meadow Mountain Elementary in Eagle-Vail. Whenever I hear someone comment on the closing of our neighborhood school, I cringe.
The discussion to keep the school open was decided more than two years ago and solidified by the passing of the school bond last year. The parents and teachers at Meadow Mountain Elementary have been trying to squelch those rumors ever since.
The land-use agreement for that site stipulates that it must be used as a school. Now that the school bond has been approved and the high school will be relocating, Meadow Mountain Elementary is the only thing allowing the school district to keep using the land. The new June Creek Elementary School in Miller Ranch is not meant to replace Meadow Mountain Elementary. It is necessary to alleviate overcrowding at Edwards and Avon elementary schools, which cannot support the new growth of school-age kids in Miller Ranch and Singletree. The system cannot support the closing of Meadow Mountain Elementary.
As to the future of Meadow Mountain Elementary School, we are actively pursuing the Expeditionary Learning/Outward Bound curriculum for our school. This will allow our students to begin the expeditionary learning focus and continue it through to Minturn Middle School and Red Canyon High School, which already have the curriculum in place. We are very excited about our school’s future and it does not include closing!
Hockey clinic a success
The Aug. 13 to 17 Detroit Red Wing Alumni summer hockey clinic for the Vail Eagle Hockey Association was once again a success. Over 133 youth players enjoyed a week of professional instruction by some of the best NHL and college coaches.
We would like to express a special thanks to the workers, parents and volunteers that made this possible. In addition, we thank the businesses that provided services and activities to the Red Wing Alumni and their families: Bob’s Place; Dean Johnson Management; Vail Resorts; Eagle Ranch golf course and Slifer Smith and Frampton Eagle Ranch office; Charter Sports; Venture Sports; Lakota Guides; Bob Dorf; Howard Head Sports Medicine; WECMRD; Spark Creative; KZYR and Tony Mauro; Cotton Ranch; and the Vail Daily.
The Fourth Annual Mountaineer/Red Wing Alumni Summer camp was the largest summer hockey camp in the valley. Over 130 families have enjoyed the camp each year and we are fortunate that so many businesses support our goal of providing a hockey experience for all players, regardless of financial background. This is truly one of the only hockey camps offered in the United States that is not-for-profit. Thanks again for all the support we receive each year.
Andy Clark and Jack Skjonsby