World Ski Championships add to free concert lineup
VAIL — The Alpine World Ski Championships Organizing Committee has added four more headlining names to its free concert lineup for the Championships, including CeeLo Green, KC and the Sunshine Band, Craig Wayne Boyd and Andreas Gabalier. This latest announcement leaves just a few spots to fill during the two weeks of the event.
The concerts, scheduled in conjunction with the nightly Medals Presentation at Vail’s Championships Plaza, located at Solaris, will be free to the public with the live show kicking off each evening at 6:30 p.m. It is recommended that guests arrive early to ensure a prime viewing spot.
Five-time Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter-producer, television personality, actor, entrepreneur and pop culture and fashion icon CeeLo Green will take the stage on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14). Known best for his worldwide hit “Forget You,” which received five Grammy nominations and won the category for Best Urban/Alternative Performance, he’ll also perform top hits like “Crazy,” “Bright Lights Bigger City” and more.
KC and the Sunshine Band have been entertaining audiences around the world for 40 years and are slated for a free performance on the evening of Feb. 10. Topping the charts with seven No. 1 singles and three triple platinum albums, including hits like “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s The Way (I Like It),” “Boogie Shoes” and “Rock Your Baby,” KC and the Sunshine Band defined disco music and forever influenced music with their timeless sound and mission of getting people out of their seats and onto the dance floor to celebrate. Harry Wayne Casey, named “Founder of the Dance Revolution,” and his band will get the crowd dancing with their greatest hits as well as new music from their soon-to-be-released album, “Feeling You! The 60s,” which is slated for national release March 10.
To complement this legendary band, the 2015 World Championships will also feature a fresh new artist just coming onto the scene — recent winner of “The Voice” Craig Wayne Boyd on Feb. 8. The Texas-born country singer and multi-instrumentalist will most certainly bring a flare to the Championships, with his easy musical versatility.
Rounding out this list of heavy hitters will be international sensation Andreas Gabalier, who will take to the free concert stage on Feb. 4. Not only was Gabalier the artist behind the 2013 World Championships’ Official Song in Schladming, Austria, he is also a celebrated folk singer throughout Europe and recipient of both the ECHO music award in the folk music category and the Amadeus Austrian Music Award in 2012.
The announcement adds to the five headliner names previously confirmed for the 2015 World Championships lineup, including Michael Franti & Spearhead on Feb. 3, Mix Master Mike on Feb. 5, American Authors on Feb. 6, O.A.R. on Feb. 7 and Phillip Phillips on Feb. 12. The 2015 Organizing Committee intends to book concerts every night during the two weeks of the Championships.
The Alpine World Ski Championships are Feb. 2-15 in Vail and Beaver Creek.