Vilar Performing Arts Center announces lineup for Underground Sound concert series |

Vilar Performing Arts Center announces lineup for Underground Sound concert series

Brendan James.
Special to the Weekly |

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Underground Sound concert series passes are $100, which includes seven shows and seven drinks from the Vilar Performing Arts Center Pass Bar, located in the lower lobby. This year’s Pass Bar will feature craft beer, liquor and wine. Passes are transferable and are available at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at starting Monday, Aug. 22. Single tickets will go on sale Monday, Sept. 12. The VPAC is located at 68 Avondale Lane in Beaver Creek.

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center announced its schedule for this fall’s Underground Sound concert series. Underground Sound is a cultivated effort to allow the Vilar’s audience to discover and rediscover up-and-coming, independent musical talent.

• Brendan James (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27) — Born in New Hampshire, schooled in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, signed by Capitol Records by the age of 25 and road-tested with 1,000 shows to date, James has lived the life of a troubadour. His songs have landed spots on more than 15 major television shows and feature films, and he’s achieved the No. 1 Singer Songwriter spot on iTunes multiple times. He has formed relationships with music legends Carly Simon and Cat Stevens and enjoyed on-stage experiences with the likes of John Legend, John Mayer and Paula Cole.

• Vaud and the Villains (7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3) — Vaud and the Villains is an 18-piece orchestra and cabaret show. It is loosely themed as a traveling medicine show —Americana noir meets “Moulin Rouge,” with the presentation of a modern day, over the top, rock ’n’ roll spectacle. Widely acclaimed for its powerhouse, homerun performances and diverse ensemble, the shows have remained a coveted ticket for music lovers, hipsters and dreamers alike since their inception.

• Mandolin Orange (7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13) — Since Mandolin Orange’s debut album, 2013’s “This Side of Jordan,” the North Carolina duo composed of songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist and singer Emily Frantz has steadily picked up speed and fans earned from long stretches on the road, including appearances at Austin City Limits, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Avon’s WinterWonderGrass. The band’s music, laced with bluegrass, country and folk, has been called “wistful and contemplative without being somber, and always firmly grounded in the South” by WNYC Soundcheck.

• Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra (7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18) — World-famous saxophone player and producer Butman enjoys one of the most successful and flamboyant careers in the history of modern jazz. Downbeat magazine in his recent review of Umbria Jazz Festival compared the Orchestra to three of the finest jazz orchestras of all time — “The Igor Butman Big Band … offered a 90-minute set that displayed their mastery of post-Dizzy Gillespie jazz orchestra language, rendering both bright numbers and ballads with the precision, flair and swing of the Atomic-era Basie Band on steroids and a ‘we will crush you’ attitude reminiscent of the better editions of the Buddy Rich Orchestra.”

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• Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra (7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23) — in Cologne, Germany to Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, Liebert began playing guitar at 11 and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his rock ’n’ roll dreams first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations of the East Coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, releasing a catalog of classic recordings.

• K Phillips (7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23) — Phillips looks like a young Hank Williams and was named after Kris Kristofferson. Born in West Texas and raised by his grandparents in the Concho Valley, Phillips’ grandfather was both a cattle rancher and a state criminal court judge. He started playing guitar and writing songs at age 5 and began playing organ and piano in bar bands at age 14. His forthcoming sophomore LP “Dirty Wonder” combines Tom Waits’ lyrical wit and Keith Richards’ slinky country-rock hooks joined with Phillips’ unique, compelling vocal delivery.

• Mandy Harvey (7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7) — A vocal music education major at Colorado State University, Harvey lost her residual hearing in 2006-07 at age 18 due to a neurological disorder and left the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. She quickly became a regular performer at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins and then branched out to having regular concerts at Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver. Her music has begun to attract the attention of those around the world: CNN’s Great Big Story captured more than 6 million hits on social media, Burt’s Bees signed her up for their Remarkable Women campaign, NBC Nightly News profiled her, and she has started performing at the worlds most prestigious clubs, concert stages and festivals around the country.

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