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Vilar Center’s summer concerts: previews

Kris Sabel
Vail CO, Colorado
AE Kris Sabel 12-28-06 KH

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

As I have done in my last two columns, today I want to continue to review the artists of the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s summer concert series.

My hope is that my columns will help you understand the incredible lineup we have for the summer season, and that you will be prepared to purchase tickets to the shows you are interested in when they go on sale on Monday, June 2 at 11 a.m. We expect most of these shows to sell out quickly so don’t wait to buy your tickets.

On Aug. 17, Rock ‘n’ Roll fans can relive some of the best rock music ever written. Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford may not have intended it, but their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited has taken on a startling life of its own.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (bass and drums, respectively), from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival, launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995. Once again they perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits ” touchstones of a generation. Though the pair initially only planned to play private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and has released the album “Recollection.”

The reaction to Creedence Clearwater Revisited’s concerts has been astounding, driven in part by a generation of kids who, as Cosmo says, “weren’t even born when the music came out.”

With a legacy of hits including “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Risin’,” “Susie Q,” “Lodi,” “Down on the Corner” and “Fortunate Son,” Cook and Clifford earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of one of Classic Rock’s most noted rhythm sections. Today, Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs some of Classic Rock’s biggest hits as it plays to sold-out houses and introduces its music to a new generation.

Little River Band, one of Australia’s most significant music groups, will take the stage on Aug. 27. From 1978 until 1981, Little River Band achieved six consecutive U.S. Top 10 singles with “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Cool Change,” “The Night Owls” and “Take It Easy on Me.” The band has sold more than 25 million records and has scored 13 American Top 40 hits.

“Reminiscing” was recognized by BMI as one of the most frequently played songs in the history of American radio, with more than four million plays to its credit. “Lady” has also accumulated more than three million plays.

Little River Band continues to work in the U.S. and performs around 100 shows every year. Their last Vilar performance seven years ago was standing room only, so don’t miss them when they come around this time.

We round out the season with soul legend Al Green on Sept. 1. This artist needs no introduction ” his smooth vocals and gospel-inspired sound have made him a legend on the music scene. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to present such a prolific artist in our intimate 530-seat venue. This is another show that we expect to sell out, so please be sure to buy your tickets early!

Don’t forget ” tickets are on sale Monday morning at 11 a.m. You can call the box office at 970-845-TIXS or buy online at I look forward to seeing you at the theatre this summer!

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