The Gin Blossoms to perform at American Ski Classic Street Beat |

The Gin Blossoms to perform at American Ski Classic Street Beat

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – A fresh new wind will blow out of the Arizona desert on March 22, headed straight for the Vail Valley, as the Vail Valley Foundation has inked alternative pop rockers the Gin Blossoms for the American Ski Classic edition of the Street Beat free concert series.This special Street Beat show will be held at Golden Peak, rather than the traditional Checkpoint Charlie location, in conjunction with the Legends Giant Slalom Finals of the 2006 Countrywide American Ski Classic.

Combining the ringing guitar hooks of the Byrds and R.E.M. with a solid, rootsy drive, the band returned to the spotlight in 2002, following a four-year hiatus, consistently selling out shows and reinvigorating their audience.The Gin Blossoms rocketed out of the college pop charts and into the mainstream with their 1993 hit single “Hey Jealousy,” while the band’s breakthrough album, “New Miserable Experience,” and its singles dominated ’90s radio and MTV.Today, the Blossoms’ influence can be heard in the dramatic and melodic music of such bands as Coldplay and Train, so the trailblazers from Arizona don’t need to reinvent themselves for the new decade. Instead, the new decade has fallen in line with what the Gin Blossoms have done quite naturally throughout their existence.

In a relatedStreet Beat schedule change, Django Walker, the son of legendary Texas singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, has signed on to replace Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for the March 8 show.Citing Tom Petty, along with Lone Star singers, including his father and Guy Clark, Walker epitomizes the mix of eclectic musical influences that has always characterized the maverick independence of Texas music.The 2005-2006 Bud Light Street Beat free concert series will kick off Nov. 30 with the legendary blues sounds of the James Cotton Blues Band.

For additional information on the series, contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 949-1999 or visit, Colorado

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