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Soundtrack to the ’70s

Special to the DailyThree Dog Night brings "Joy to the World" Thursday at the Vilar Center.
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Editor’s note: Director’s Corner is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundations, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.

It’s official ” summer in the Vail Valley is truly here, and the incredible cultural lineup of the next 10 days is proof of it. I don’t know hot it’s possible, but our community has more cultural and entertainment options to choose from in the summer than in the winter. Next week’s highlights include Sunday’s incredible celebration of American musical heritage as the Vail Valley Foundation and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival present “Congo Square” with Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Odadaa percussion group; Wednesday night’s opening performance by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; and last, but certainly not least, Thursday’s opening show of the Vilar Center summer concert series with Three Dog Night.

Three Dog Night practically wrote the soundtrack to the 1970s. Their hits include “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White” and “Shambala.” From 1969-1974, nobody had more Top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets. During this period Three Dog Night was possibly the most popular band in America, with 21 consecutive Top 40 hits and twelve straight gold LPs.



I am a huge Three Dog Night fan. They were in their heyday when I was in high school, and I looked back and still actually have four or five of their vinyl albums. When we were considering booking the band, I went to their greatest hits album and found I could literally sing my way through the lyrics to at least 20 of the featured songs. I think that regardless of your age or demographic, you will be able to sing and dance along with this band and will really enjoy the show.

And what better way to experience this timeless music than in the intimate setting of the Vilar Center? With only 530 seats ” and not a bad one in the house ” you’ll truly hear every note and every word of your favorite hits. What’s more ” we are offering the premium concert experience for this show by selling tickets to the standing-only Footlight section. Also referred to as the “pit,” this is the area directly in front of the stage where we occasionally host orchestras at the Vilar Center. These premium tickets allow you to experience the music so close that you can see fingers moving on guitars, wood splintering from drum sticks, and see every interaction between band members as they happen ” all the things that make the music so special. So get your Footlights tickets today ” and I hope to see you next week.


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