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Local entertainers liven up Vail Village

Brian Ross

Our weekend starts with one of our two visitors to the valley. To bring back those memories of late ’80s rap, we welcome the easily recognizable voice of Anthony Terrell Smith to 8150. Anthony is also known as Tone-Loc. His deep husky vocals, self-deprecating sense of humor, and smooth jazz, soul and rock beats combine to have the second rap album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. His songs “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” are rap classics. Tone-Loc recently re-made the 1970’s rock classic “Dream Weaver,” something new to add to his live set. Tickets are $14 to see this classic rapper.

While Tone is showing his stuff, Sanctuary will be bringing in Mike D to spin his house and techno tracks on the first floor. Mike Mcgoun will be ready to entertain the masses upstairs as well. The two Mikes will be doing their thing all weekend at Sanctuary. Just before the covered bridge you will find the Platzl and Paul Schaefer, aka DJ Late Night, spinning what he describes as “mostly hip hop with some punk added in and an extra dose of stuff no one likes but me.” An interesting mix I am sure, but it is bound to be entertaining. Another local favorite will be spinning his “big mix of electronic music” at Powder Hounds. DJ Hal will be behind the wheels of steel, laying down a combination of down tempo, breaks, house and progressive trance for the crowds in Lionshead. Like Hal’s favorite DJ, Kimball Collins, he likes to play emotional tracks that get the crowd moving with good ups and downs. Hal also keeps the energy going late night at Club Chelsea from 2 a.m. until 4 a.m. The show Hal says he has been looking forward to is Saturday night at 8150, when the energy-pumping, crowd-rocking, pure entertainer Donald Glaude will be in town to spin his own version of funky house, breakbeat and techno. Watch out for a long track, because you might find Donald on the dance floor right next to you. He sees his job as not just the host of the party, but a full participant as well. Now a permanent resident of San Francisco’s Funky Tekno Tribe, he has traveled to huge national parties like Buzz in Washington, D.C., and blown there doors off. Don’t miss the outstanding performer for only $12. Opening the show will be Chris Smith. Chris is another long-time local who loves to spin funky progressive house for 8150’s crowds. Before Mr. Smith hits the decks, Kid Twist and KFC will be tag-teaming their record collections. Trading track for track, you can see what game each one brings to the turntables.

For those who enjoyed the hip-hop of the night before, you should head to the Bridge for Z-28 and DJ Steve Stone of the Technics Chainsaw Massacre. They will be playing hip hop and breaks all night. While their tastes go towards the more underground hip hop styles, they are not afraid to pull out the old school like Public Enemy, or the new hits like Eminem and Jurassic 5, whatever it takes to get the crowd going. These two will be back Christmas Eve to make sure your holiday is celebrated right.



Finishing off the weekend is a pair of events for locals. Being for locals’ only means cheap drinks, so people just visiting don’t be intimidated. Everyone should come to enjoy Sunday Night Solutions at The Bridge. DJ .Com will once again be laying down the dub, funk and house tracks for Greg Warren of Jive to play his sax and flute over, while Scott Stoughton of Sucker loops live vox and percussions into the mix. Sanctuary is doing there part to help the valley’s residents wind down from a busy week with SIN Sunday. A Service Industry Night, or SIN night, is a great way for all the local employees to get together and enjoy some drink specials and listen and dance to one of the valley’s talented house DJs, while trading stories of this week’s guests.

As Christmas hits town on Wednesday don’t forget Open Mic Night at The Grind. A chance to spin, freestyle, or play whatever instrument you have. To keep your high spirits up for the holidays, Thursday brings Chris Kukler to The Bridge. He wants to keep the energy in the room at its highest levels with deep funky house tracks with down tempo thrown in to keep you interested. A good time is always provided by this Wisconsin native.



Vail’s locals may move here to spend the day on the hill, but they have plenty of talents that come out at night. Don’t miss their skillful moves on the turntables, where they can match some of the world’s best.


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