Richard Marx opens the Vilar summer series in Vail
VAIL, Colorado Editors note: Directors Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.Summer is here! If the warm days and balmy nights arent an indication, than the kickoff of the Vilar Performing Arts Centers summer concert series should be a dead giveaway. The season starts with a bang on Sunday, June 29 with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Richard Marx and Vertical Horizons lead vocalist/guitarist Matt Scannell in a special acoustic concert. Both artists will be performing Marxs hits, including Endless Summer Nights, Dont Mean Nothing and Right Here Waiting, as well as those of Vertical Horizon, including, Everything You Want. The evening will also include brand new material from Marxs soon-to-be released album of original songs, Emotional Remains.On May 12 Marx and Scanell released the CD Duo, which will be available for sale at the concert. The disc features their brand new song Always On Your Mind and acoustic reinventions of mega-hits Hazard, Everything You Want, Endless Summer Nights and more. Marx has sold over 30 million records and was the first solo artist to have his first seven singles hit the Top 5 on the U.S. charts. He has written 13 No. 1 songs. As a solo artist he has recorded 19 Top 20 Singles, with seven No. 1 hits. Marx and Luther Vandross won the 2004 Grammy Song of the Year for Dance With My Father. This year, his song Everybody, written with and performed by Keith Urban, reached the Country Singles Top 5. Marx began singing ad jingles written by his father as a child. When he was 17, a tape of his music ended up in the hands of Lionel Richie, who encouraged him to move to Los Angeles. After contributing to vocals on several hit Richie songs, Marx released his self-titled debut album in 1987, which had four hit singles and sold nearly 4 million copies in the U.S. In a career spanning over two decades, he has released a total of eight solo albums and has written and produced mega-hits for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, NSYNC, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers and Keith Urban.Scannells career began in the early 1990s when he founded Vertical Horizon, which sky-rocketed to fame at the end of the decade with colossal hits Everything You Want and Youre a God. His music style embodies beautiful songwriting, passionate vocals and a rich and versatile talent on the guitar. The intimacy of the Vilar Center makes it the perfect venue for this acoustic show. In a recent interview, Marx said its two guys, two guitars and a piano. Everything is Simon & Garfunkel style, except we both write songs and we both really like each other. Marx said the acoustic sets are like inviting 500 people to come over to the house for the evening for some music and stories. Its very loose with an anything goes kind of feel.If you are a fan of either of these artists, you wont want to miss this concert. And if you are not familiar with their work this is a great opportunity to see them in person. I look forward to seeing you at the theatre.
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