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Vail celebrates opening day with parties, live music

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

After a long day on the slopes today, quite possibly your first of the season, you might be tempted to head home and take it easy. Don’t. There’s a free concert by Big Gigantic, up-and-comers on the electronic music scene, in Lionsead after the lifts close. And later, Samana Lounge hosts Mr. Anonymous, aka former Samples drummer Jeep MacNichol, for the first time (see story on B3) and the Sandbar will morph into an improv comedy club.


Big Gigantic in Lionshead

Vail Resorts is celebrating Opening Day morning with $1 breakfast burritos, hot cocoa, free giveaways and more. Front Range electronic duo Big Gigantic (producer Dominic Lalli on sax and Jeremy Salken on drums) will peRform a free concert outside in Lionshead from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Visit

Garfinkel’s opening day bash

Vail PM and Garfinkel’s in Lionshead teamed up to host an opening day party in Lionshead. There will be plenty of food and drink specials. The party goes from 1 to 4 p.m. before the free concert in Lionshead. DJ P-Rock will be spinning. Free tickets to Warren Miller’s “Wintervention,” and other prizes will be raffled off. Call 970-476-3789.

Comedy Tour at Sandbar in West Vail

Kick off the ski season with comedy night at the Sandbar. Denver comedian Elliot Woolsey headlines a star-studded line-up of some the state’s best comics. Woolsey is one of Denver’s top “A-list” comedians and performs all around the country. He will be joined by former valley residents Jordan Doll and Brett Hiker, as well as a handful of other comics to round out the night. The show starts at 8 p.m. There’s no cover charge and drink specials for all who attend. Call 970-476-4314.

The Great Divide Duo at Grand Avenue Grill

The soulful sound of Americana rock and roll comes to Eagle tonight at the Grand Avenue Grill. The Great Divide Duo, John Michel and Michael Jude, will perform a mix of new original songs blended with classic hits by Dave Mason, Steely Dan, Van Morrison, and James Taylor. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. and the show is free.

Jude and Michel reside in the Roaring Fork Valley, and play worldwide with the John Oates band. Michel just returned from playing Music City Roots Loveless Cafe with John Oates, Sam Bush and Jeff Black. The performance was broadcast live on the radio on Lightening 100 in Nashville. Call 970-328-4043.


Dead Phish Orchestra at Agave

On Saturday Dead Phish Orchestra will perform at Agave in Avon. The band, which features members of Phix and Great American Taxi, blends the music of Phish and The Grateful Dead. Advance tickets are $8 and available for purchase at Agave and online at On Saturday tickets will be available at the door for $10. Call 970-748-8666.

Jeffrey Clay at the Bowlmor

Local apres musician Jeffrey Clay takes his turn at the Back Bowl’s Jammin’ at the Bowlmor music series Saturday at 8 p.m. There is no cover charge. Back when there was but a handful of musical acts plying their craft locally, Clay was there, putting in his time on the apres ski circuit, playing for drinks and tips. Thirty-plus years later, he is still plying that, now well-honed, craft. His penchant for entertaining people and for sharing his love for music with appreciative crowds, has taken on many incarnations, but the passion remains the same.

Clay was one of the founding members of the popular Emerson Biggins Band, which was the house-band for the now-defunct Sundance Saloon. As he segued into the ’80s. he began playing all over the U.S. and Europe as a solo act before eventually ending up back in Eagle County.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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