Slopeside sounds in Vail, Avon
Eagle County is home to some of the best aprs skiing and snowboarding in the world. After a day on the hill, consider making the rounds to check out the performers lighting up the local pubs.If you’re looking for the classic ski bar experience, complete with the smell of stale beer, or a swankier scene, there’s something for everybody just steps from the base of the hill. A classic American aprs barThe Red Lion in Vail Village might just be the quintessential aprs ski bar in America. Located steps from the Vista Bahn in Vail Village and featuring live aprs tunes seven days per week, a quick beer at The Red Lion can turn into a long night.They have two great acoustic acts with Phil Long (Wednesday through Saturday) and Brendan McKinney (Sunday through Tuesday). Long has been a musical fixture at the Red Lion for 23 years.Long said he likes playing the classics like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Tiny Dancer,” but he will also try and keep things current by playing tunes from bands like Cold Play or Train. McKinney, who recently released an album out of Nashville, has been playing the Red Lion for about eight years, and he is by no means a “B night” musician. Check out both of their acts from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 970-476-7676.Two cool cats at AvondaleIf you’re looking for a break from the acoustic rock scene, look no further than Avondale in the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, at the base of the gondola in Avon. Tony Gulizia and Brian Loftus (a.k.a. BLT) are the newest aprs ski show in the valley.With piano and drums, the duo will be playing contemporary and standard jazz for a nice mellow vibe every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.They will be playing tunes from artists like Nat Cole and Frank Sinatra, which is definitely a sound you won’t find at too many other places around town. Check out the show every weekend through April from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 970-790-6000.R-rated aprsSteve Meyer, the Good Times Man, has been living up to his nickname for years at The Club in Vail Village. If you’re looking for a show that is not suited for the entire family, rather for people who like to party – a show that encourages a healthy amount of drinking, raunchy jokes and good times – check out Steve Meyer. He will be playing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the month of December and will add a Wednesday show in the New Year. The party goes from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 970-479-0556.Music everyday at Tavern on the SquareLongtime local musician Peter Fontanese has assembled an A-list cast of performers for the winter season at Tavern on the Square in Lionshead. They will be mixing things up with the schedule from week to week.Among the performers are Fontanese, Donny Z, Don Watson, Beth Swearingen and Kevin Danzig. The show will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. everyday. For more information, call 970-754-7777.A Roy-al guitar player Guitarist Roy Bloomfield, whos performs at the Avalanche Club in the Vail Marriot, says his show walks a fine line between kicking back and high energy. “It’s mostly covers. I do some of my own stuff too. But the show is anything from Sinatra to Green Day,” Bloomfield said. “It’s a pretty wide range of music, from blues to classic rock ‘n’ roll.”Check out the show every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday this season from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 970-949-9400.30 years of Rod PowellAnother mainstay of the aprs music scene in Vail Village is Rod Powell, who has been playing Pepi’s Bar and Restaurant for 27 of the last 30 years. Located minutes from the Vista Bahn, he plays 99.9 percent covers, mostly of the “sing-along” variety, because that’s what the people want to hear, Powell says. Powell plays every Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. with Jonny Mogambo filling in on the off days. For more information, call 970-476-4671.
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