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Street Beat lineup revealed

Wren Wertin
Garaj Mahal gets the groove going early on Dec. 10.
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Just because the sun goes down early doesn’t mean Vail Village nightlife is confined indoors. In what has become a much attended tradition by both locals and visitors, the Street Beat concert series begins Dec. 3 and continues on a weekly basis through Apr. 14, with an eight-week hiatus for sub-zero weather mid-December through mid-February.The lineup has just been announced. In addition to valley favorites like Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Boogie Machine, the grand finale act, there are big name newcomers.”We have some really fantastic bands like Tim O’Brien that we don’t normally get,” said Kerry Donovan of the Vail Valley Foundation, the organization which produces the series. “He doesn’t usually play a small venue like this.”O’Brien is fluent on the guitar and the mandolin, in addition to writing and singing his own material. Though he’s been credited with “rejuvenating” bluegrass, he’s created a genre of his own by reinterpreting the traditional.New to Street Beat but frequent visitors of Vail is the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. During a normal concert, the New Orleans funky band is full of brassy shenanigans and could easily jump from Jellyroll Morton and Thelonious Monk to Marvin Gaye and even the theme from “The Flintstones.”Los Mocosos made such an impression on concert-goers this summer they’ve been asked to return. Their barrio rock has everything to do with pushing cultural boundaries.Street Beat is the winter counterpoint to Hot Summer Nights, except the organizers trade in sunshine and green grass for a long list of prizes and ski boot boogies.At every concert, prizes are given away between sets. Luggage, cold hard cash and snowplay equipment are regulars on the list, with other surprises added in. Additionally, folks can register for the grand prize drawing, which is given away at the last concert.”It’s going to be better than years previous,” said Donovan.Following in the tradition of last year, the 2004 grand prize winner will get to drive away in a shiny new BMW X3 – revving is encouraged.SIDEBAR:Dec. 3 The Codetalkers with Col. Bruce HamptonJamband with a flair for the unexpectedDec. 10 Garaj MahalCaptivating groove quartetDec. 17 Dirty Dozen Brass BandNo-holds-barred funky N’awlins showFeb. 18 Tim O’BrienMulti-instrumental singer/songwriterFeb. 25 Papa Mali and the InstagatorsSouthern-fried rock with a funky twistMarch 3 Jesse CookTrans-global and cross-cultural guitaristMarch 10 TishamingoRockin’ soulMarch 17 To be determinedMarch 24 Curtis SalgadoR&B legend and soul manMarch 31 Los MocososBarrio rockApr. 7 Paul ThornBoxer-turned-songwriterApr. 14 Boogie MachineAll the disco classics crammed into one showWren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555, ext. 618.


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