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Unplugged music follows dance in Vail Valley

Kris Sabel
Director's Chair
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –There are two exceptional and very different performances coming to the Vail Valley’s Vilar Center over the next few days. It was impossible to choose one over the other as the subject for this article, so I will tell you about both.

On Sunday evening in Beaver Creek we present “The Best of Momix” at 7:30 p.m.. For the uninitiated, let’s start with the name. It’s “mo” (rhymes with bow), which you can think of as a slang term for “more,” and mix , as in a mixture of elements.

Founder/choreographer Moses Pendelton describes it as “a kind of dance that incorporates elements of physical theater, visual theater, athletic dance, some modern dance and a little ballet here and there..”

I realize that the terms ‘modern dance’ and ‘ballet’ have probably made some of you say, “OK I don’t need to read any more of this article I don’t like dance so I’m not interested.”

I urge you to please read on. When you picture Sunday night’s performance, picture this: dancers defying gravity, transforming into unimaginable shapes and floating weightlessly thanks to slight-of-hand lighting and special effects.

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If I may be so bold, I’m going to speak frankly, in what I realize might be an over-generalization. I’ve observed over the years that for the most part, women are more interested in seeing dance than men. Many women I know find it difficult to convince their spouses or boyfriends to even consider going to see dance.

Well, here’s my pitch. I feel so strongly about the appeal of this show that I’m willing to wager a bet – even men who aren’t sold on dance will not only “not hate” Momix, they will actually truly enjoy it. If you don’t, I will buy you a drink in the lobby at intermission.

On Monday night we present Open Wing Broke Strings, an evening of acoustic music featuring Leigh Nash of Sixpence None The Richer, Eddie Kowalczyk of Live, and Art Alexakis of Everclear.

Kowalczyk describes it as “stripped down, intimate and acoustic – you’ll hear the strings on the guitar vibrate and buzz, the vocal chords hum and pulsate as the songs you love come to life like you never knew they could.”

Kowalczyk will strip down Live’s greatest hits like “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “All Over You,” “Lakini’s Juice” and “Heaven.”

Nash’s heavenly voice can be found on Sixpence hits like “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes.” Her original musical inspiration came from classic country heroines Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Tanya Tucker, and she returns to these Christian and country roots on her solo album, “Blue on Blue.”

On Monday night we’ll experience Leigh, alone on stage with her guitar, singing some songs we know by heart along with her solo work, all of it an upbeat celebration of the good things in life.

Alexakis, lead singer and songwriter of Everclear, took the disappointments and tragedies of his life and wrote intensely personal songs about them. He will tell the stories behind his biggest hits including “Father of Mine,” “Wonderful,” “Santa Monica” and “AM Radio.”

If you’re looking for a thoughtful evening of great music and stories I encourage you to come and spend the night with these songwriters.

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