Nappy Roots headline Teva Mountain Games |

Nappy Roots headline Teva Mountain Games

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – While the only helmets seen on the streets of Vail Village right now are of the construction variety, in less than a month that will all change when thousands of brightly-colored kayak, biking, rafting and adventure racing helmets will be bobbing down Vail’s streets during the Teva Mountain Games May 31-June 4. Organizers announced the entertainment lineup for the event today, which includes a performance by the Grammy nominated hip-hop group Nappy Roots, freestyle spinning by a trio of nationally recognized DJs, the annual Everest Awards and the Teva Mountain Ball, as well as an outdoor concert by emerging California band Animal Liberation Orchestra. “This year we’re celebrating our fifth anniversary of the mountain games, and we really wanted to grow the cultural elements of the event,” said organizer Joel Heath. “We’ve chosen an eclectic mix of bands that should merge perfectly with all the variety of outdoor sports at the Mountain Games.”Nappy DJs and big-air bikes

Nappy Roots perform June 2. Hailing from the country roads of Bowling Green, Ky., Nappy Roots exploded onto the scene with their platinum-selling 2002 Atlantic Records release, “Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz.” The album’s combination of southern sounds and urban beats earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Collaboration and an American Music Award nomination for Best New Artist. The Nappy Roots followed up with the release of Wooden Leather in 2003 and went on a world tour that included performances for the U.S. troops in Kuwait and Iraq. The group’s highly anticipated third major release, “The Humdinger” is slated for this fall. In addition to the Nappy Roots, Friday night will open with a freestyle DJ performance from three pioneers in the rap/hip-hop industry. DJ Nu-Stylez from Digital Underground, DJ Evil E, who performs with Ice-T, and DJ Cut Creator, frequent collaborator with LL Cool J. As a backdrop, Teva Mountain Games athletes will compete in a mountain bike freestyle big air competition during the show in Dobson Arena. Friday night’s show will be for all ages with an advance ticket price of $17 and $20 at the door.

Dinner and dancingOn Saturday, June 3, at Dobson Arena, the second annual Everest Awards will celebrate some of the biggest athletic achievements in outdoor sports at a formal dinner and ceremony, benefiting the youth programs of the nonprofit Outdoor Industry Foundation. The awards ceremony will be immediately followed by the Teva Mountain Ball. The theme of the Ball, as always, is “Tevas and Tuxes.” The Mountain Ball provides an opportunity to mingle and party with professional and amateur athletes alike, while listening to music, dancing and watching the premier of the films from the Filmmaker’s Shootout. The Teva Mountain Ball is free for all ages and the Everest Awards is $500 for a table of eight or $75 for individual seats. New animals on the block

Hailing from Teva’s hometown Santa Barbara, California, Animal Liberation Orchestra, will wrap up the Teva Mountain Games with an outdoor concert in Vail Village June 4. ALO just singed a record deal under Jack Johnson’s label Brushfire Records and released their first album Fly Between Falls this spring to critical appeal.Tickets for all performances will be available on For more information on the Teva Mountain Games, contact Joel Heath at 926-4799 ext. 11 or heath@untraditional.comVail, Colorado

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