Saturday’s SnowBall has ‘something for everyone’
VAIL CO, Colorado
Snoop Dogg may be in SnowBall’s spotlight Saturday night, but there are plenty of acts to see at the festival’s four stages throughout the day.
“TV on the Radio is always a captivating live show, but what I’m most excited about on the Saturday lineup are some of the more up-and-coming acts that will be performing,” said Chip Herter of the SnowBall public relations team.
Herter said the strength of the Colorado music scene will be in full-force, featuring acts like Gauntlet Hair, Pictureplane, Boyhollow/Option4, A. Tom Collins and Sauna.
“All these Colorado acts performing are doing extremely well, not just by local standards,” Herter said. “They are making a significant impact on the national music scene as well.
“Saturday is going to be an eclectic and exciting time,” he said. “There’s sure to be something for everyone.”
The main stage is going to be a hard one to leave, but TV on the Radio is sure to bring back the crowds from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
“I am most excited about the Brooklyn indie-rockers TV on the Radio,” said Michael Welle, a local bartender working the event. “I’ve been trying to catch them for years and I am finally getting my chance. I might have to sneak away from the bar for that one.”
SnowBall talent coordinator Latane Hughes said TV on the Radio represents how rock can sound extremely unorthodox and creative, while still appealing to mass audiences.
“Their success is proof that in 2012 there is no formula for success for a rock band,” Hughes said. “And we love supporting that sort of modern ethos.”
Welle also said he has seen Trampled By Turtles, and that they are always fun to watch.
“They have absolutely high energy, all the way through,” Welle said.
This bluegrass band from Minnesota will play from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the Main stage as they continue to polish their festival resume, which includes the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
The bands strong vocals are backed with toe-tapping guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and fiddle sessions, brought to life by the classic and contemporary talents.
Hughes said that Figure, who will play from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. in the Groove Tent, represents where dubstep is going.
“This is crossing over into every sort of genre, including drum n’ bass, house, and even hip-hop,” Hughes said. “Every bass head at SnowBall will know they need to be at Figure”
SnowBall goes Euro with the Swedish electro house DJ duo Dada Life. From 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the Groove Tent venue you’ll see Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom bring the international energy of electronic dance and give it a chance on a Colorado stage.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be worth watching, Hughes said. The three-piece band is performing from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. on the Ballroom stage.
“They change the paradigm of what is considered a successful modern rock sound,” Hughes said. “Their incredible voices and instrumentation is very unique and undeniably fantastic.”
A. Tom Collins of Denver performs from 3:15 to 3:50 p.m. on the Ballroom stage. The band’s pianist and lead singer Aaron Thomas Collins said that the band is looking forward to making it up to SnowBall for their Saturday performance, as well as seeing a lot of their friends play throughout the weekend.
“I think that SnowBall has done it right,” Collins said. “They are throwing a giant festival in the mountains and have decided to bring along a lot of up and coming bands instead of just the festival norm.”
Battle of the beats will be going down all weekend in the Heat Hut, but Hughes said on Saturday GriZ is going to be competing with Ghostland Observatory in terms of crowd size.
“I have no doubt this tent will be packed to the gills,” Hughes said of GriZ’s performance time from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.
She said GriZ is new to the scene, but will stand out as a star at the festival.
“The kid just started making music a year ago, and has about the most grassroots career of any artist at SnowBall.”
Keep it local in the Heat Hut from 5:45 to 7 p.m. with Colorado DJ Paul Basic (Paul Brandt). With his music roots in drumming he has created his own style within the Pretty Lights Music label. The state native has thrived in the electro hip-hop movement and will keep it hot with festival-goers on what very well could be a snowy evening.
“Saturday will probably be the biggest day in sheer number of people,” Welle said. “The whole event will go down as a mind-blowing experience for everybody there. Plus, Snoop Dogg is sure to absolutely bring the house down on Saturday night.”
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