Vail Valley music: ‘Quiet just might be the new loud’ |

Vail Valley music: ‘Quiet just might be the new loud’

Kris Sabel
Director's Chair
Vail Valley, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –This past Saturday evening in Colorado’s Vail Valley, The Black Crowes played to a standing room only crowd at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Based on the enthusiasm of the crowd and the plethora of calls and comments, I think we can safely say that the evening was an unqualified success.

The audience was on their feet from the very first note of the show and they did not stop dancing and swaying until the lights came on. Along with The Black Crowes, this fall season has featured a diverse lineup of concerts for locals, including Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Vienna Teng and Ellis Paul. Audience response to all of these shows has been extremely positive and our desire moving forward is to continue to present interesting artists at affordable prices.

Bela Fleck, The Punch Brothers, The Acoustic Brotherhood Tour and Open Wings, Broken Strings are all concerts on the winter schedule that should provide a similar type of experience. I would like to encourage you to invest a small amount of time checking out these upcoming shows on our Web site and potentially getting them on your radar screen. Often, some of these truly special nights come and go and we hear people say, “I would have loved that,” or “I didn’t know that’s what it was going to be like”. So this is your call to action.

Open Wings, Broken Strings features three talented musicians: Eddie Kowalczyk of Live, Art Alexakis of Everclear and Leigh Nash of Six Pence None the Richer. All three artists and their bands have a batch of hit songs and big fan bases. This acoustic evening will undoubtedly translate into a very intimate opportunity. Perhaps Eddie Kowalczyk of LIVE explains it best in describing the evening.

“As a songwriter and a singer in a successful rock band, I have had the good fortune of being surrounded by incredible musicians, lots of wonderful production on both record and on stage, and plenty of volume,” he said. “But did you know that the story of your favorite songs often originates in a much different environment?

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“Open Wings, Broken Strings is an opportunity for you to get to the heart of your favorite artists and their songs in a unique and compelling way. 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.

“In this intimate environment, the rock star steps out from behind the layers of decibel and drama to greet you with the essence, the story, and the song. Quiet just might be the new loud.”

And, don’t forget this weekend, the Vail Performing Arts Academy presents its annual fundraiser “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” This year’s revue is dubbed “The British Invasion” and features some of the most talented young artists in our community singing your favorite songs.

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