Spring Back to Vail’s free music lineup announced
Spring Back to Vail lineup
• April 17: Portugal. The Man.
• April 18: Trampled by Turtles.
• April 19: The Greyboy Allstars.
VAIL — This year’s Spring Back to Vail, taking place April 17-19, will feature free live concerts from Portugal. The Man, Trampled by Turtles and The Greyboy Allstars, and, of course, the annual World Pond Skimming Championships on Closing Day, April 19.
“Spring continues to be one of the best times to visit Vail,” said Jim Kellen, director of marketing for Vail Mountain. “In addition to the fantastic weather and snow conditions that we typically see at Vail in the springtime, there are also great deals to be found on lodging and lift tickets, and exciting free live music to enjoy as a part of Spring Back to Vail.”
On April 17, Portland, Oregon-based band Portugal. The Man will kick off Vail’s closing weekend and Spring Back to Vail celebration at Solaris in Vail Village, which will open at 5 p.m. Founded in 2000, Portugal. The Man has embodied all dimensions of the rock genre throughout its career. The band has created six full albums in six years, toured nonstop including a stint with The Black Keys, and made festival stops across the country at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.
Trampled by Turtles takes the Spring Back to Vail stage at Solaris on April 18, with the venue opening at 5 p.m. The alternative folk-bluegrass band hails from Duluth, Minnesota, and was initially formed as a side project in 2003. Taking inspiration from rock ‘n’ roll, the group dropped its amplification and carved out an original, fast and frenetic sound and released its first record in 2004. More than 10 years and seven studio albums later, the band has seen success on the Billboard charts and played live shows across the country, including stints at major festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach and Lollapalooza.
On Closing Day, April 19, jazz-funk band The Greyboy Allstars will cap off the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season with a free live performance at Solaris in Vail Village following the World Pond Skimming Championships. The venue opens at 4 p.m. First formed nearly two decades ago, The Greyboy Allstars have influenced an entire generation of bands playing improvisational music in a funk format and honing their on-stage performance. During the years, the band has worked together and refined the essence of their collaboration, attracting thousands to their legendary live shows across the country.
All Spring Back to Vail concerts are free of charge and will take place at Solaris on East Meadow Drive and Willow Bridge Road in Vail Village. Visit http://www.SpringBackToVail.com for more details.
The schedule of activities for Spring Back to Vail 2015 will also include the return of the sponsor expo village at the base of Gondola One on April 18 and at the base of Golden Peak on April 19 as well as apres and after-dark parties in the town of Vail throughout the week.
The Vail Mountain Closing Day tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water holds strong as 75 participants will careen themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out dry on the other side in the 13th annual World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday, April 19.
The top male and female in the contest will each be awarded the grand prize of at 2015-16 Vail Resorts Epic Pass and a pair of Liberty skis. The spectacle defies the laws of physics and common sense as a panel of highly-skilled judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. The contest gets underway at 3 p.m. and the Golden Peak venue opens at 1:30 p.m. for sponsor expos and giveaways. Registration details will be announced later.
Paul Cuthbertson set out by himself around 3 p.m. Friday from the trailhead that leads up to the Polar Star Inn, according to his father, Mike, but never made it to the popular backcountry hut as a late-spring snowstorm moved in.