‘Super band’ plays Vilar Center July 5
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.
With summer in full swing, the valley is full of performances to choose from. I want to talk today about an incredible opportunity to see one of the hottest country acts around ” Lonestar ” who plays the Vilar Center on Thursday.
This group of musicians has rightly earned the title of “super band.” Touring and releasing albums since 1992, Lonestar has topped the charts time and again with smash hits like “Tequila Talkin’,” “No News” and “Come Cryin’ To Me.” With three gold albums, and three multi-platinum albums, Lonestar is truly on top of the game. Their 1999 ballad “Amazed” hit the No. 1 spot on both the Hot Country and the Hot 100 charts, the first time a song had such crossover success since 1983.
So it’s not hard to explain why presenting such a big band in our intimate, 530-seat venue is so special. Their concert at the Vilar Center is flanked by a prior performance at the enormous Greeley Stampede festival and a following performance in a large arena in Montana. In short, you can be one in an audience of thousands, or you can be one in an audience of 500. I think that’s an argument that makes itself!
Though the Vilar Center does not often present country performers, the ones we do select are always of the greatest quality. Past artists include “Nashville Star” winner George Canyon, prolific hit producer Terri Clark and the audacious, multi-platinum star Jo Dee Messina. Lonestar, as well as the dynamic performers Diamond Rio (coming Aug. 23) add to the Vilar Center’s country roster and are sure to be amazing shows, for both longtime country fans and those new to the genre alike.
I hope to see you at the Vilar!