Rodriguez latest in Vilar’s diverse Vail Valley lineup
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -At last Thursday’s Blood, Sweat & Tears-Chuck Negron concert in Colorado’s Vail Valley, I mentioned to the audience that our summer lineup spanned the generations with something for everyone. This includes Peter Frampton, who took the music scene by storm in the late ’70s; Rick Springfield and Michael Bolton, representing the ’80s and ’90s; and for the new millennium, we have David Cook, Diana Krall and Gandalph Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. In all fairness, categorizing these performers into decades does not paint the entire picture of their music. Many of these artists have continued to produce exciting new work and have created new fans to join the ranks of their long-time loyalists. Take Krall as a case in point: while she is producing albums and winning Grammy Awards as we speak, her songs are the timeless classics of the great American songbook. And Gandalf Murphy really defies being put in a box. So categorizing the artists mostly helps me promote the diversity of the season. But as you can see, these artists are much too large to be anchored by a single time period or genre.Paul Rodriguez is the only artist in the summer lineup who is not a musical act. But his standup comedy has been satisfying fans since the early ’80s on television, in the movies and with his hilarious live routines. And as I mentioned last week, there is never a bad time for comedy. It’s been with us since the first caveman slipped on a banana peel. And even this bit still remains funny as we fulfill a very basic need to laugh and celebrate the foibles of our fellow men in an effort relieve the suffering of the human condition. Rodriguez brings his own special brand of comedy to the Vilar Center on Monday, and I know you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get out and have a ball.Ronnie Milsap is another artist who does not fit neatly into the categories above. While his biggest success came in the mid-70s and ’80s, he’s been around since the late ’60s. In 2009 he released a 2-CD set, “Then Sings My Soul,” which features 24 favorite hymns and gospel songs. Milsap is also a real crossover artists with major success on the country, pop and adult contemporary charts. He is credited with 40 No. 1 country hits, third only to George Strait and Conway Twitty. He has won numerous awards including top male vocalist from the Academy of Country Music, six major awards from the Country Music Association and four Grammy Awards. I will talk more about him next week, but in the meantime I encourage you to go to our Web site or iTunes to remind yourself of all the great No. 1 hits you could here on July 22 when Milsap plays the Vilar Center.I look forward to seeing you at the theater!
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