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Spring Back to Vail kicks off Friday

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Charles Hildreth

VAIL – Spring Back to Vail returns to Vail Friday through April 24 with a jam-packed lineup of free concerts, apres and after-dark parties and, of course, the World Pond Skimming Championships. Celebrating the conclusion of one of the best ski and snowboard seasons in Vail’s history, the party kicks off tonight with a free headliner concert in Vail Village from blues-rockers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, named one of the “Best New Bands of 2010” by Rolling Stone. Denver-based The Chain Gang of 1974 will open for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Led by the shape-shifting singer/multi-instrumentalist Kamtin Mohager, The Chain Gang of 1974’s brand of electronic rock will get the crowd going and ready for a great night of live music.

Tonight’s free concert will take place in Vail Village on Meadow Dr., just in front of Solaris. The venue will open at 6 p.m., and the music will get started at 6:30 p.m.

The lineup of events for tonight also includes apres and after-dark parties in Vail Village. The Red Lion will host the Bud Light Apres Party from 4 to 5:30 p.m. where guests can expect to find drink specials and giveaways. After the concert in Vail Village, Vendetta’s will host the Bud Light After Dark Party from 9 to 11 p.m. with more drink specials and giveaways.

This year Spring Back to Vail ispans two weekends and includes free headliner concerts from Train, Stephen Marley, The Greyboy Allstars, Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars, Shpongle presents the Shpongletron Experience, Saint Motel, DJ Logic, Chris Velan and more.

For more information on Spring Back to Vail, including a full schedule of events and registration for the World Pond Skimming Championships, visit http://www.vail.com/springback.

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