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The Vail Valley quiets down a bit

Pete Fowler
Special to the DailyDave Mason will play the Vilar Center for the Arts Monday at 7:30 p.m. Mason wrote the song Feelin Alright, which has been covered by more than 48 musicians.
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Jessie Payo and The Raindogs play the Sandbar Thursday at 10 p.m. Payo has made her mark on the modern day blues world with her soulful voice and stunning looks. After attending the Berklee College of Music on scholarship, where she was one of the most prized singers, Payo made her way to the California coast to sing for the L.A. based group Jessie and The Raindogs. Winning acclaim such as the 2000 L.A. music nominee for the best blues act, Jessie and The Raindogs have recently performed wih Etta James, Robben Ford, Blood Sweat and Tears and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.The Dirty Dozen Brass Band comes to the State Bridge Lodge on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. This world famous band hails from New Orleans where it adopted its name from the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club. The group began playing there around 1977 as the house band. After 10 albums and over 27 years, the band still tours rigorously. Defying genre, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band draws from classic brass band themes, funk, gospel, bop, R&B and rock. After the death of Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen in 2004, the band dubbed the album they had just recorded “Funeral for a Friend” to pay tribute to the lost band mate. The spiritual theme of the album – the New Orleans jazz funeral tradition – tinted the situation with even more sad irony. The live shows are said to be at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, inspiring dancers with a festive sonic tapestry.

Dave Mason rocks the Vilar Center Monday at 8 p.m. This famous rock ‘n’ roll musician comes to the valley after a successful career of more than 37 years as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. Mason grew up in England, forming the band Traffic at age 18. Here he wrote the song “Feelin’ Alright,” which gained great popularity and was covered by at least 48 other artists. Mason left the group and came to the U.S. after two albums with traffic. He can be heard on legendary albums like The Rolling Stones’ “Beggars’s Banquet,” George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass,” Paul McCartney’s “Listen To What The Man Said” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland.” Dave Mason has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, and he is currently finishing a new solo album.Band Lineup

Thursday – Jessie Payo and The Raindogs play theSandbar at 10 p.m. Admission is $5Sunday – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the State Bridge



Lodge on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $13Monday – Dave Mason at the Vilar Center at 8 p.m.Admission is $48

Pete Fowler is a freelance writer and can be reached at p_fowler1@yahoo.comVail Colorado


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