Vilar Performing Arts Center announces winter season shows |

Vilar Performing Arts Center announces winter season shows

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The Vilar Performing Arts Series presents the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater on Feb. 18. Las Vegas “Entertainer of the Year” Gregory Popovich’s show employs more than 30 rescue animals, including the goat duo Kurt and Helgo and special guest star Mr. Diamond, the miniature horse.
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Single tickets for the 2017 season are on sale now at the Vilar Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at Shows will take place at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village at 68 Avondale Lane.

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center this week announced 22 additional performances for the 2017 winter season, including its Broadway, Concert, Family and Comedy series. Headliners include indie rock band The Revivalists, stand-up comedian Joel McHale, Grammy Award-winning singer Peter Cetera and the Broadway musical “Once.” This group of shows joins the venue’s previously announced Holiday, Classical and Dance series.


• “Once” the musical, Jan. 9 — Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Once” is based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance. Tickets start at $68.

• “Shaolin Warriors,” Feb. 27 — This fully choreographed theatrical production tells a traditional strength-through-adversity story. Featuring rarely seen Buddhist meditation alongside martial-arts, the show stars 20 Kung Fu masters and follows the journey from a young child’s initiation into the monastery to achieving full-fledged warrior status through training and study. Tickets are $58 for adults and $38 for children.


• The Good Lovelies, Jan. 13 — This Canadian folk-country harmony trio is a Juno (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) and four-time Canadian Folk Music Award-winner. Most recent albums include “Burn the Plan” and “Let the Rain Fall.” Part folk-roots, part Western swing, the Toronto-based trio relies on three-part vocal harmonies, clever songs and on-stage repartee drawn from its comedic adventures on the road. Tickets are $25.

• Peter Cetera, Jan. 14 — Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Peter Cetera is a former member of rock group Chicago and has since launched his solo career performing rock music and writing well-known songs for Hollywood films. In his time with the group, it recorded such hits as “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Baby What a Big Surprise,” “You’re the Inspiration,” “Stay the Night,” “Love Me Tomorrow,” “Happy Man,” “Feeling Stronger Every Day” and “Along Comes a Woman.”

Since 1986, Cetera has recorded 10 time-honored solo CDs, including the Academy Award-nominated song “The Glory of Love,” “The Next Time I Fall” with Amy Grant, “Feels Like Heaven” with Chaka Kahn, “After All” with Cher, “No Explanation” from the mega hit film “Pretty Woman” and “Restless Heart.” Tickets start at $140.

• Brett Dennen, Jan 20 — A regular performer at musical festivals and on tour with the likes of John Mayer and Lily & Madeleine, Brett Dennen is a folk-pop singer-songwriter who rose to stardom with the release of his self-titled debut album. Tickets are $38.

• Edgar Meyer and Christian McBride, Jan. 25 — With nine Grammy awards between them, Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer are two of the most respected bassists and composers performing today. Having done a short U.S. tour in fall 2015, the two will join forces again in spring 2017 with a program of new original music composed by both for this collaboration. Tickets are $38.

• Gregory Alan Isakov, Jan. 29 — Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life, writing songs that tell a story of miles and landscapes and the search for a sense of place. His song-craft hints at his influences, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. Tickets are $45.

• The Revivalists, Feb. 2 — Since forming in 2007, seven-piece New Orleans roots-driven rock band The Revivalists has logged countless miles on the road, cultivating a combination of danceable rock and soulful songs including “Wish I Knew You.” Tickets are $42.

• Martin Sexton, Feb. 3 — Martin Sexton has influenced a generation of contemporary artists, and his songs have appeared in television series such as “Scrubs,” “Parenthood,” “Masters of Sex” and in numerous films, though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more. Tickets are $30.

• Ensemble Denada, Feb. 9 — Ensemble Denada, made up of contrabass clarinet, quadraphonic electronics, 10 horn players and a piano quartet, merge European tradition with jazz and native Norwegian expressions into a blend of strict composition and free improvisation. The idea behind the ensemble is to achieve small-band dynamics with thrice the number of people. Tickets are $48 for adults and $10 for students.

• Vocalosity: The Aca-Perfect Musical Experience, Feb. 19 — From the mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (“Pitch Perfect,” “The Sing-Off”) comes an all-new, live concert cappella event. This fast-paced production features 10 voices singing chart-topping hits in new arrangements. Tickets are $58 for adults and $38 for children.

• Dark Star Orchestra, March 1 — Performing worldwide for nearly 15 years and more than 2,000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. The band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of touring or use its catalog to program a unique set list for the show. Tickets are $38.

• Noam Pikelny, March 9 — Noam Pikelny is a founding member of Punch Brothers and winner of Album of the Year at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. He has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker.” Tickets are $25.

• Who’s Bad: Michael Jackson Tribute, March 13 — As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad’s tribute to Jackson has ignited crowds on every continent. Tickets are $38.

• Clint Black, March 26 — Country music singer-songwriter Clint Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists of all time. Tickets start at $55.


• Joel McHale, Feb. 4 — Joel McHale is one of the most sought-after comedians and actors in the industry and recently wrapped his 12th and final season of E!’s “The Soup,” in which he satirized pop culture and current events. He is also known for his role on “Community,” which wrapped its sixth season on Yahoo after five seasons on NBC. Tickets start at $98.

• The Second City: We’re All In This Room Together, Feb. 10 — This show features improvised comedy, audience interaction and of-the-moment sketches and songs from The Second City, made famous by stars such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. Tickets are $38.

• Paula Poundstone, Feb. 16 — Paula Poundstone’s quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy led her to be a regular panelist on NPR’s No. 1 show, “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” where she holds the record for game losses. In 2016, she voiced the character “Forgetter Paula” in Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award-winning animated feature film “Inside Out” and released her first double-live album, “North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!” Tickets are $38.

• Kevin Nealon, Feb. 26 — Kevin Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series “Weeds.” Nealon found comedic success in his extensive film career, including appearances in “Anger Management,” “Eight Crazy Nights,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Happy Gilmore,” “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” “Joe Dirt,” “Daddy Day Care,” “Roxanne” and “Grandma’s Boy.” Tickets are $58.


• Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Feb. 18 — Las Vegas “Entertainer of the Year” Gregory Popovich’s show employs more than 30 rescue animals, including the goat duo Kurt and Helgo and special guest star Mr. Diamond, the miniature horse. Popovich has performed on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, “Late Night” with David Letterman, “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” Tickets are $38 for adults and $28 for children.

• Cirque Montage, March 16 — Cirque Montage, a troupe of 11 international, award-winning performers hailing from eight different countries, provides an entertainment experience featuring skilled acrobats and performers doing unusual feats of grace, daring, physical prowess and dexterity. Tickets are $38 for adults and $28 for children.

• Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, March 23 — Home-grown hoofers from the Minneapolis arts scene, Rhythmic Circus features three guys and a gal combining rapid-fire tap talent with the funky styling and original lyrics of a seven-piece band with a big, brass sound, plus vocal percussionist Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, the human beatbox. Tickets are $48 for adults and $28 for children.

• Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix, March 30-31 — Johnny Peers leads more than a dozen dogs through challenging tricks as he plays the straight man role. A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, Peers and his Muttville Comix have appeared on Letterman, “Primetime Live” and “Circus of the Stars” and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus and the White House! Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children.

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