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Vail Valley: Vilar season winds down with concerts, comedy

Kris Sabel
Director's Chair
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Our winter season is drawing to a close in Colorado’s Vail Valley. It has been a terrific year with lots of incredible performances and events.

But it’s not quite finished, as over the next month we have three concerts; a terrific comedy show; “Talent Beyond the Slopes,” a variety show featuring the talent of the local ski and snowboard instructors; and four days of great films with the Vail Film Festival’s debut at Beaver Creek.

On Sunday night, New York’s legendary improv comedy troupe Chicago City Limits presents its hit show, “wikiphobia.” In “wikiphobia,” the cast surfs the Web at high speed, taking issue with the issues and finding comedic links between the biggest stories in the news and actual news.



Most people unfamiliar with the company are surprised to discover that they are based in New York City, not in Chicago, as their name would suggest. The founders studied at the famed Second City in Chicago back in the 1980s. Like so many other alums, they created their own company, started touring and eventually settled in the Big Apple. If you’ve enjoyed The Second City or The Capitol Steps, you will love Chicago City Limits.

On Wednesday night, Grammy-winning saxophonist Kenny G makes a highly anticipated (and heavily requested) return to the Vilar Center. He sold out the venue in 2008 and nearly every day since, someone has asked when he’ll be back.



I have to admit that when we booked him for his 2008 date, I was not necessarily a big fan and was cautious of how the show would do. After experiencing his live performance, I can say with all sincerity that Kenny G is one of the best showmen I’ve ever seen. His ability to engage the audience is incredible.

On Friday we are please to have country star Terri Clark return for a solo acoustic concert. She wowed audiences in previous engagement and I expect this acoustic format to make for a very special evening, celebrating all of her hits and some new material. It’s always wonderful to see an artist in a stripped-down, acoustic format in the intimate Vilar Center. It’s a completely different experience than a full-scale country rock show.

Information and tickets for all of these shows can be found at http://www.vilarpac.org.



Be sure to check out this column next week, when I’ll give you a sneak peek of the summer 2010 concert lineup. Tickets for the summer season will go on sale March 29, so mark your calendars and tune back in next week for the scoop.


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