The ultimate rock session |

The ultimate rock session

Special to the Daily/Stewart Oksenhorn Rock singer-pianist Leon Russell performs Wednesday at Street Beat in Vail Village.

VAIL, Colorado-After a brief stint at the Countrywide American Ski Classic, the Street Beat concert series will once again be staged in the heart of Vail Village at Checkpoint Charlie with legendary rocker Leon Russell at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

During a career that has lasted almost five decades, Russell has played with a variety of artists spanning from Jerry Lee Lewis to the Rolling Stones. Known mostly as a session musician, Russell began his musical career at the age of 14 when he lied about how old he was in order to get a gig at a night club. By the ’70s, Russell was already a seasoned veteran, and after touring with the Rolling Stones, he decided to focus his efforts on a solo career. Russell reached the No. 2 spot on the charts in 1972 with his first hit single “Tight Rope.” As part of the Street Beat free concert series, residents of Eagle and Lake counties may register weekly to win the season’s Grand Prize of a Volvo S40, provided by Volvo Cars of North America.Out of town guests can also cash in, as Volvo Cars of North America, the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail have teamed up to provide the Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway return vacation.

The Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway will include roundtrip domestic airfare for four, two double occupancy deluxe Vail accommodations for five nights, skiing for four or two rounds of golf for four and the use of a 2006 Volvo during their stay. Both grand prizes will be awarded at the final Street Beat concert on Wednesday, April 19. Concert attendees are also eligible to win weekly prizes.The Street Beat free concert series is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2006. For additional information on the concert series or the Vail Valley Foundation, call 949-1999 or visit

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