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Taryn Manning ready to ‘cater to the crowd’ in Vail

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

Lucky Vailites and visitors will have a chance to hobnob with a celebrity Friday in Vail as they ring in 2011. Actress Taryn Manning is in town this weekend hosting the Ciroc the New Year party at bol in Vail. It’s one of five parties across the country being co-hosted by E Entertainment and Ciroc Vodka. A different celebrity is hosting each one, including Sean “Diddy” Combs in Vegas, Kourtney Kardashian in Miami and Pete Wentz in Chicago. There’s also a party in New York City hosted by a yet-to-be-announced celebrity.

“I think we won the lottery as far as the five celebrities go,” said Pamela Davis, co-owner of bol. “I think we got the best one.”

Though Manning has skied since she was 2 years old, it’s her first trip to Vail, she said during a phone interview with the Vail Daily two weeks ago.

“I’ve never been to Vail but I heard it’s stunningly beautiful,” she said. “I’m so excited. They’re flying me out with some friends and my brother. It’s nice to have New Year’s plans all set.”

Manning is a regular on the show “Hawaii Five-0” and “Sons of Anarchy,” and has roles in an impressive eight films that will be released over the next year and a half. She’s most excited about her role in “Heaven’s Rain,” a film that’s based on a true story about a family – mom, dad, two kids – that was burglarized. The kids survived; their parents did not.

“Oprah’s had the survivors on a few times. That story is pretty special and it’s a story that needs to be told.”

She’s also excited about a film called “Perfect Age of Rock and Roll.”

“Spike Lee is the executive producer and it’s got Jason Ritter, Kevin Zegers and Peter Fonda in it,” Manning said. “It’s a cool story about music.”

While Manning is perhaps best known for her acting chops, she is also a singer. Her father was a musician and encouraged her to sing starting when she was a kid.

She and her brother Kellin started the electronic/pop music duo Boomkat and released their debut album in 2003. In the next month or two Manning plans to release her first yet-to-be-named solo album, which she calls a “pretty banging record.” She spent nearly a year working on it.

“Music is my passion,” she said. “I love acting so much, but I feel like with music, when you’re a songwriter, there’s a different connection you have to something you wrote. It’s very fulfilling.”

Manning will DJ Friday’s party and might even sing a single off her new album, she said.

“I was thinking about singing my single ‘Champagne.’ It’s so appropriate for the occasion,” she said.

As far as the rest of her set list, she hadn’t solidified it as of two weeks ago.

“New music comes out every day,” she said. “I’m gathering up the songs that I always play, that I love to play, and I’ll mix in some new stuff. Obviously it’s very hard to go in with a set play list. You look to the crowd and if everyone is in a top 40 kick, you can’t start playing with indie music. You have to cater to the crowd.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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