Vail gets offseason gem |

Vail gets offseason gem

Kris Sabel
Vail, CO, Colorado

Editor’s note: Director’s Corner is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundations, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.

With snow on the ground and cold in the air, winter is just around the corner. The Vilar Performing Arts Center is gearing up for our 10th Anniversary Season, which officially kicks off Nov. 12 with the Broadway touring production of “The Producers.” Tickets are already on sale for this Tony-winning musical, so be sure to buy yours before it sells out!

We also still have several great “off season” events coming up to get you in the mood for the winter. Tonight and tomorrow we host our annual Warren Miller Film screening. Warren Miller has defined ski movies for over 50 years. His latest release, “Playground,” is no exception and will get everyone in the mood for opening day on the mountain.

On Monday night we have a little-known but rising band called AG Silver. Based in Michigan, this progressive indie-rock group has built a strong, dedicated fan base over the last several years. Having recently finished recording their first full-length album, the band is eager to perform their distinctive style of music for live audiences. Grammy Award-winning producer Richard Dodd, who has worked with artists such as Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Wilco and Green Day, mastered their full-length CD entitled “Wake Up And Smell Reality.”

The band worked hard over the course of nine months to record the album, over which they wanted to have complete creative control.

“We wanted to do the record on our own terms, and this really allowed us go at our own pace and focus,” said lead singer and lyricist Jon Ornee. “We recorded it all ourselves, this is our record.”

With a full light show, soaring guitars, powerful bass lines and rock-solid percussion, AG Silver’s live presence has earned critical and fan accolades. Their style has been compared to Coldplay, Keane and The Fray. However Ornee also cited Queen, The Beatles and U2 as influences. Ornee added, “we’re also all huge fans of Yanni.”

In the intimate setting of the Vilar Center, I think that the quality and passion of this group will truly shine. And the clincher is this: tickets are only $15, and include a free beer, wine or soda at the Vilar Center prior to the performance. Geared towards locals in this, the “off season,” we wanted to present an affordable opportunity to see an incredible, up-and-coming band in our venue, and we hope that you join us for this special performance.

Tickets for the winter season go on sale Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. Check out our full winter lineup at, or call the box office at 845-TIXS. I look forward to seeing you at the Vilar!

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