The Vilar Performing Arts Center has announced the lineup of their fall 2017 Underground Sound series, featuring seven diverse performances from across the musical spectrum. Also known as the Love for the Locals series, Underground Sound hopes to help patrons of the VPAC discover (and re-discover) new sounds. Single ticket prices vary; Underground Sound pass grants patrons tickets to seven shows and seven free drinks for just $100 (that’s a savings of over $160). Passes will be available on Monday, August 21, at the VPAC box office (970-845-8497; www.vilarpac.org). Single tickets will go on sale September 12. The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village (68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, Colorado).
UNDERGROUND SOUND LINEUP
Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30 PM
Playing music has proven to be a powerful avenue for connection and communion for Zack and Dani Green, Andy Hubright, Brian Seligman and Jesse Baker—the quintet that makes up Birdtalker. Zack and Dani were married in 2012 and soon after their wedding, they tried writing a couple songs together. Now, after adding a few friends to the band, this Nashville-born folk group’s hope is simply that the more music they write and share, the more true and vulnerable interactions may be born from it.
STEPHANIE RICE & COLONIAL BLUE
Sunday, October 8 at 7:30 PM
Stephanie Rice’s vocals weave their way around intricate guitar licks, driven along by Corey Chierighino’s dynamic drumming. Rice is a Texas born pop-rock singer-musician who recently found international acclaim on Season 12 of NBC’s The Voice. Sharing her powerful story of resilience through emotional, compelling performances, Stephanie touched thousands of viewers who discovered in her a source of inspiration and hope, alongside her alt-folk band Colonial Blue.
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM
Allison Crowe has taken the road less-traveled throughout Canada’s coasts harmonizing life as a musician (voice, piano, guitar, fiddle, bodhran), composer, arranger, audio engineer and producer. Ani DiFranco and Loreena McKennitt inspired the strong-willed Scorpio to create Rubenesque Records, her own label. Since 2001, via 26 albums, singles, EPs and compilations, Crowe’s oeuvre nears 200 unique tracks embracing rock, Celtic, folk, jazz, soul, Canadiana and Broadway.
Friday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
The Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to the hollers of the Appalachian Mountains, to their vibrant, beloved cities of Baltimore and Washington, DC. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. Honored as the region’s 2015 “Artist of the Year” and “Best Folk Band” from 2013-2015 at the Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining roots music with both power and tenderness.
Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 PM
Jarabe Mexicano hit the Latin music scene in 2015, electrifying audiences throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Performing on traditional mariachi instruments accompanied by lively percussion, Jarabe’s arrangements feature stunning harmonized vocals in Spanish and English. Along with traditional boleros, huapangos, sones, and rancheras, audiences thrill to their upbeat cumbias, revamped rock & roll hits, and reggae classics.
TIERRO WITH BRIDGET LAW + WE DREAM DAWN
Friday, November 3 at 7:30 PM
In 2015, WE DREAM DAWN quickly grew from a distant dream into a new life when Sage Cook decided to take leave from Elephant Revival, a neo-folk quintet he had helped found in 2006. Fueled by lofty ideals about approaching art while living closer to the land, this new project is honing in on a new sort of American dream. Somewhere between vintage analog psychedelia and dreamy electro folk pop these folks are representing rural America in a whole new light. Tierro Lee (founding member of Kan’Nal and producer of Arise Music Festival) plays guitar and has been composing instrumental music for 2 decades. Bridget Law (founding member of Elephant Revival) is a fiddle player and singer who finds joy in composing and accompanying original music. When collaborating with Tierro her natural talents are highlighted through sweet melodies and passionate improvisation.
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 PM
Although his musical talents make it easy to believe he’s always been a full-time musician, Rob Drabkin attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where he graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with the intention of becoming a doctor. His focus quickly changed after a family trip to New York. “My Dad played Jazz full time for 30 years, on that trip, we re-connected with his old musician friends and that was the night I dropped science and dedicated myself to music.” The music of Rob Drabkin is spirited in nature, light from the heart, and rocking on the six-string acoustic. His 70’s fro is as recognizable as his ubiquitous grin, but it’s his music that has landed Rob national tours and sets at some of music’s most iconic venues.