VPAC Scoop column: case/lang/veirs concert is Saturday, July 9, in Beaver Creek
If you go …
What: Neko Case/k.d. lang/Laura Veirs, with opener Loch Lomond.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
Cost: Tickets start at $102.
More information: Tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at www.vilarpac.org.
Editor’s note: From time to time, members of the Vilar Performing Arts Center community will provide insights into upcoming art, music and dance performances at the 535-seat theater in Beaver Creek Village. This week, the Vail Valley Foundation’s Tom Boyd previews the Saturday, July 9, case/lang/veirs show.
I first fell in love with Neko Case’s voice in 2010 on a cloudy train ride north along the Pacific Coast to Vancouver. Later that same year, k.d. lang performed a now-legendary rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the opening ceremonies to the Vancouver Olympics. For 5 minutes and 50 seconds, the stadium, and the global television audience, was hushed by her talent. Never a microsecond off key, it was a pure transmission of the emotion of the song.
Case and lang come from very different sonic backgrounds. So I never thought they would combine onstage, let alone at the most beautiful theater in the region right here in our own home town, let alone with the gripping talent of Laura Veirs’ guitar, songwriting and vocals added to what is already widely accepted as the most talented female group out on tour.
This event is, in fact, happening on Saturday and it leads to a far more unified sound than I expected.
About the Performers
Case comes from a punk-rock background. That train ride of mine was filled with incredible music from the indie-rock band The New Pornographers, whose music is far better — and different — than their ill-chosen name suggests. She then migrated to Seattle (for the sunnier weather, perhaps?) and traversed the line from punk rock to (take a wild guess) country music.
Similarly, lang began performing country-rock with a playfully punk-like attitude and has since performed everything from honkytonk to torch songs. Her frequent collaborator Tony Bennett, with whom she recorded the 2002 “Wonderful World” duets album and continues to tour with regularly, has even called her “the best singer of her generation.” Most of us know her for her Grammy-winning album “Absolute Torch and Twang,” or for her even more popular single “Constant Craving.”
Then comes Veirs, who has released music ranging from solo guitar to even an album entirely of children’s folk music, and you have what theoretically should be a shotgun wedding of three people too independent and ambitious to ever work well together. However, the resulting unlikely team up of case/lang/veirs fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and, in my book, has a little something of what we saw in another group of superstars when The Traveling Wilburys came together.
A few weeks ago, we got our first glimpses of what this trio will bring to the Vilar Performing Arts Center as case/lang/veirs. Now that the album is out (and by the way, ticket-buyers also receive a digital copy of the album), case/lang/veirs is proving to be a trio of women who won’t settle with being pigeonholed.
This summer’s VPAC lineup is downright star-studded, but this one stands as my personal favorite. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Tom Boyd is the director of public relations and communications for the Vail Valley Foundation.