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Music for the masses in the Vail Valley

Trevor Jones
Daily correspondent
Vail CO Colorado
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VAIL – The Vail Valley has a thriving community of solo artists who entertain guests and locals alike, taking up musical residencies at restaurants, bars and hotels around the area. Their regular, weekly appearances at these venues makes the concerts accessible and memorable for audiences who return time after time for drinks, music and dancing.

• Phil Long

Every Wednesday through Saturday at The Red Lion. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Call 970-476-7676.

Phil Long has been a staple at The Red Lion as long as most can remember. He’s released three albums, including a “Best of Phil Long 20th Anniversary CD” to commemorate his many years playing music in the valley. During both the winter and summer, Phil creates an environment where you know you’ll hear the classics and see good friends, all in the same room.

• Tony G

Every night except Sunday at Grouse Mountain Grill, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Call 970-949-0600. And every Sunday night at Kelly Liken, 8:30 to 11 p.m. Call 970-479-0175.

Performer and educator, Tony G plays both solo and trio shows with his band, The Tony G trio. Jazz is Tony’s forte and passion and he is regarded as a musician who helped get the valley’s scene on its feet during the fledging years of music here. His piano work is dazzling and not to be missed anywhere he plays around the valley.

• Brendan McKinney

Every Friday at Park Hyatt. 4-7 p.m. Call 970-949-1234 for more info.

Every Sunday and Monday at Pepi’s. 6-9 p.m. Call 970-476-4671 for more info.

Every Tuesday night at Red Lion. 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Red Lion. 2-6 p.m. Call 970-476-7676.

After traveling the country earlier this summer, Brendan returns to the valley to entertain crowds at a variety of venues. A self-described “international touring troubabour,” Brendan is noted for his expansion into countries like Sweden and Greece, among many others, Not bad for the acoustic guitar player who calls Eagle home.

• Pat Hamilton

Check listings or call 970-845-8808 for dates at Splendido in Beaver Creek.

Pat Hamilton is a pilar in the county’s music scene. She’s played music in the valley for years and her experience shines through her country, blues and new folk styling. She’s also known for her 2002 album, “You Are My Christmas,” as well as organizing charity collaborations and concerts around that time of year. Catch her at Splendido in Beaver Creek most Fridays.

• Mickey Poague

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Mickey’s Bar at The Lodge in Vail 8:30 p.m. Call 970-476-5011 for more info.

Perhaps no other piano player in the valley exemplifies the same class and quality Vail does as Mickey Poague, our ubiquitous local lounge entertainer. Nothing goes better with the ambience and aperitifs at The Lodge than Mickey, and his fingers dancing on the keys.

• Dave Perron

Every Wednesday at Eat! Drink! 5 30 p.m. Call 970-926 -1393 for more info.

Every Thursday at Bearfish Bar and Grill in West Vail 8:30 p.m. Call 970-476-2739.

Dave Perron is the lead singer of those down-valley bluegrass pickers, The Laughing Bones. Bringing a deep baritone vocal to his performances, Dave’s shows consist of originals, covers and some of the best Johnny Cash renditions this side of Nashville. Don’t miss “Ring of Fire”, a fan favorite valley-wide.

Are you a musician that would like to be included in this list? Or a restaurant that hosts an apres entertainer? E-mail High Life Editor Caramie Schnell at with information you’d like to see included here.

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