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Vail set for entertaining summmer

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail Daily file photoTodd Park Mohr, left, frontman for the Colorado band Big Head Todd and the Monsters, rocked Vail, Colorado's Dobson Ice Arena in December when the band kicked off Vail Snow Daze.

VAIL, Colorado Aspen, watch out. We might not have the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival, but beginning this year, well have Vail Jam in Vail, Colorado. The two-day music festival is set for Aug. 14 and 15 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The lineup includes the Hazel Miller Band, Blues Traveler and Joan Osborne on Aug. 14 and Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Jupiter Coyote on Aug. 15. Hot Buttered Rum is also tentatively scheduled to play on Aug. 15. The event is the brainchild of Vail resident Steve Fretz and will benefit Colorado Autism programs, including The SMART Foundation and The Childrens Hospital. The Vail Jam began with an e-mail to one of the bands sharing the story of Fretzs 5-year-old son who has Autism.This brief message expressed gratitude they felt for a song that helped them to re-connect with their son, according to Inspired by the little boys story and love of music, the band wanted to create awareness, and help to make a greater difference in the lives of children with Autism. They suggested the idea of an annual fundraising concert and the Vail Jam was born.The event started off with just two bands booked, Big Head Todd and Jupiter Coyote, Fretz said. Word spread among the bands and bands started calling us. People told me, That doesnt happen, but I said, Well, it happens to me.Tickets, which go on sale to the public May 22, are $85 each day, or $165 each day for a VIP ticket, which includes free food and drinks and access to pre and post parties. For more information, visit

Michael Bolton fans prepare to be psyched Boltons August show at the Vilar Center will take place four days earlier than previously planned. The Beaver Creek performance will take place Aug. 20, not Aug. 24 as previously announced. The show will still start at 8 p.m. Current ticketholders should call the Vilar Center Box Office at 888-920-ARTS(2787) for further information. To recap Mr. Boltons acheivements: hes sold more than 53 million records, won multiple Grammy awards for Best Male Vocalist, earned a star on Hollywoods Walk of Fame and sold out arenas worldwide. Tickets for Bolton are $95/145/175 and on sale now online at, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek.

Tickets for Diana Kralls performance at the Vilar Center on Aug. 2 are nearly sold-out. According to the Vilar Center, less than 100 tickets remain for the show. Kralls newest album, Quiet Nights, is her 12th album and first studio outing since she and husband Elvis Costello became proud parents of twin boys. The album is an intimate recording of ballads and bossa novas from the team that created her best-selling Grammy Award-winning CD, The Look of Love. Tickets are $120, $155 and $180 and are available online at, by phone at 1-888-920-ARTS (2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek. Tickets are available online 24 hours-a-day and the box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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