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VPAC Scoop column: Vilar Center welcomes Marc Cohn’s 25th anniversary tour July 24

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 Vilar Performing Art Center's Charlotte Muir previews Sunday's Marc Cohn show.

This year at the Vilar Performing Arts Center is a year of celebration.

The trio of case/lang/veirs celebrated the launch of their first collaborative album and tour at the Vilar Center. Meanwhile, Lonestar was on tour for its 20th anniversary, and the Robert Cray Band arrived in Beaver Creek celebrating 40 years in the music industry. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band tops them all, as they rocked out on their golden (50th) anniversary tour. Despite all of these worthy celebrations, perhaps the anniversary tour we're looking forward to the most is that of folk-rock singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, who arrives at the Vilar Center on Sunday to play a 25th anniversary show.

Cohn's latest tour (and most recent album) comes in conjunction with the silver anniversary of his debut album, which first hit the airwaves in 1991. The album eventually went platinum, with "Walking in Memphis" becoming an instant classic and moving Cohn toward his undeniable win for Best New Artist at the 34th annual Grammy Awards.

Time to Reflect

Cohn's 25th anniversary show is the culmination of years of brilliant tunesmithing, thousands of miles of dedicated touring and the spirit of collaborations with such notable artists as Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin. It's a time to revel in the accomplishments of this soulful singer-songwriter, as well as reflect upon the tragic moments of his life that inspired some of his music.

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Cohn was blasted out of a decade-long sabbatical by the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina, as well as by a near-fatal shooting, where he was shot in the head during an attempted carjacking right here in Denver. He overcame these awful circumstances and applied them to his music in the release of his 2007 studio album, "Join the Parade."

His latest album, "Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities," was released on March 25 and commemorates the past 25 years of his career and beyond. Cohn truly is a "rarity" whose song has not been lost, and that, too, is cause for celebration. I personally cannot wait to celebrate by "Walking in Memphis" at the Vilar Center on Sunday.

Charlotte Muir is the theater director for the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

If you go …

What: Marc Cohn.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, July 24.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $58.

More information: Tickets are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.