Legendary American Songwrtier and KZYR mainstay John Hiatt and his band the Goners have been added to the VPAC winter programming slate on Sunday March 25th.
Other musical hishglights include the Commodores and Lyle Lovet returning ot he valley wit his old buddy Robert Earl Keen.
Today the Vilar Performing Arts Center announced the addition of concerts, comedy and family series to its 2017-18 Winter Season Lineup, featuring performances by comedian Jim Gaffigan, radio favorite Garrison Keillor as well as legendary funk musicians The Commodores and more. Tickets are available now at the VPAC box office (970-845-8497; www.vilarpac.org. New this winter, the VPAC will be offering complimentary show night parking validation in Beaver Creek village at the Ford and Villa Montane parking structures, with valid VPAC ticket stub. Also stay tuned as the VPAC announces original winter show and film packages for our local and frequent attendees! The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village (68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, Colorado).
2017-18 WINTER SERIES
*in addition to previously announced events
The Capitol Steps: Orange is the New Barack
Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30 PM
The Capitol Steps have elevated political satire to an art form. Before The Daily Show, Full Frontal, and The Colbert Report, this Washington, DC-based comedy troupe gave audience laugh cramps with their bipartisan lampooning.
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Friday, February 2 at 6:30 PM and Saturday, February 3 at 4:30 & 7:30 PM
$48 adult/$32 child
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.
Friday, February 9 at 7:30 PM
Seven studio albums-in, Greg Laswell is a California-born singer-songwriter who stretches the boundaries of being an indie and folk rock artist. His latest album, “Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet,” was released in 2016.
MarchFourth Marching Band
Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30 PM
MarchFourth is a joy-inducing force of entertainment. The colorful explosion of brassy funk, rock, and jazz is all about the groove. This larger-than-life group of musicians and acrobats tours the country year-round, bringing a spirit of celebration wherever they go. MarchFourth is, in a word, FUN!
Friday, February 16 at 7:30 PM
For more than a decade DeVotchKa has been melting its sweeping influences into an authentic and totally original blend of rock ‘n roll. DeVotchKa’s first big break happened when KCRW introduced LA listeners to DeVotchKa on Morning Becomes Eclectic. The directors of “Little Miss Sunshine” happened to be listening this fateful day, loved what they heard, and hired the band to write the score for their film. A critical and box office smash, the film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and, for DeVotchKa’s soundtrack, a Grammy. The little band from Denver was suddenly known all across the nation, playing large venues and major music festivals, including Coachella, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury.
Jim Gaffigan: The Fixer Upper
Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM
Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. Gaffigan is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life and food.
Monday, February 19 at 7:30 PM
After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for all three of the band’s Grammy awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016 and 2017), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band. It’s probably best to take Nate Chinen of the New York Times’ advice, as stated in an online discussion about the group, to “take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.”
An Evening with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen
Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30 PM
Starts at $98
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention defying manner that breaks down barriers. Robert Earl Keen has recorded 19 full-length albums, including his latest, the No. 1 album, “Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions.” In 2012, Robert Earl Keen was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame and has written songs for music superstars including George Strait, The Dixie Chicks, The Highwaymen and Nanci Griffith.
The Alternate Routes
Friday, February 23 at 7:30 PM
The Alternate Routes first burst onto the scene in 2005 with their breakthrough album “Good and Reckless and True.” They released several albums on Vanguard Records and on their own, toured extensively, and relentlessly refined their craft. They have collaborated with such seemingly disparate artists as singer-songwriter Patti Griffin, director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), and guitarist Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket.
One Night of Queen by Gary Mullen and the Works
Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 PM
In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up. Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. Since May 2002, ‘Gary Mullen and the Works’ have performed throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to sell-out audiences.
Garrison Keillor: Just Passing Through
Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 PM
Garrison Keillor captivates with his signature blend of humor, charisma and wisdom as he shares his journey to becoming one of America’s greatest storytellers. Garrison regaled audiences for more than 40 years as the host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” and he continues to bring stories to life on public radio’s “The Writers Almanac.” A best-selling author, he has published more than two dozen books of fiction and poetry and his unique works have earned him honors including Grammy, ACE and Peabody awards, as well as the National Humanities Medal and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Siro-A: The Techno Circus
Friday, March 2 at 6:30 PM
$58 adult/$38 child
Siro-A: six students from Sendai, Japan united by a desire to come up with something new, outside the boundaries of conventional theatre and performance art. Siro-A boldly defines their craft as “The Next Generation of Entertainment.” The physical performers display their skill and brilliantly executed choreography in sync with two DJs, visual projections and mind-blowing optical illusions.
Monday, March 5 at 7:30 PM
Starts at $145
For three decades, the Commodores have remained a force in the music industry. “The Legends of Motown”, “Hit, After Hit, After Hit”, “Grammy Award Winners”, “All The Emotion, All the Excitement”, “If You Haven’t Seen Them Live, You Haven’t Heard The Commodores”. The Commodores aren’t just any group. They have staying power. Just like their hit song “Brick House,” the Commodores have created a foundation that just won’t budge.
Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 PM
$40 adult/$28 child
An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter!
Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 PM
Born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-platinum quintet has been making music for two decades since then and has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts. Collective Soul helped shape and define alternative rock with lots of guitars and attitude.
Mike Super: Magic & Illusion
Thursday, March 22 at 4:30 and 7:30 PM
$42 adult/$28 child
As the winner of NBC’s hit TV show Phenomenon’ Mike Super is the only magician in history to win a LIVE magic competition on primetime US network television and voted America’s Favorite Mystifier! Mike is also a top finalist on NBC’s #1 rated summer series America’s Got Talent!
Friday, March 23 at 7:30 PM
The internationally acclaimed sisters of SHEL have been heralded “A must-know young band for anyone wanting to keep up with tomorrow’s greats…” (No Depression). Most recently on tour with Amos Lee, SHEL captivates audiences with their infectious rhythms, hypnotic vocals, and completely unique sound. Their spellbinding live performances tap deep skills as instrumentalists to generate impressive power on stage.
John Hiatt & the Goners featuring Sonny Landreth
Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 PM
One of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years, John Hiatt is a master lyricist and satirical storyteller, who weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales ranging in topics including redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering, on his terms.
Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles
Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 PM
Starts at $58
What if the Beatles had reunited 10 years after their break-up? This revamped production of “Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles” from Annerin Productions and Jeff Parry Promotions answers that question, and brings you the show that you never got to see. While the first half of theatrical performance is comprised of favorites from the Beatles career, the all new second half imagines a world in which the Beatles re-united.
Vocal Illusions of Lynn Trefzger
Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 PM
$38 adult/$25 child
For over 25 years, Lynn has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. She has performed for audiences worldwide. Audiences are treated to Lynn’s vocal illusion talents, when they may meet her characters and some unsuspecting puppets as well. You’ll see why no two shows are alike.
Friday, March 30 at 7:30 PM
As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Right Here Waiting,” “Hold on to the Nights,” with “Don’t Mean Nothing” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
Located in the heart of Colorado’s Beaver Creek Resort, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is a 535-seat theatre, owned and operated by the Vail Valley Foundation, which presents a variety of year-round performances including Broadway musicals, concerts, family entertainment, comedy, dance, classical music and more.
About the Vail Valley Foundation:
The Vail Valley Foundation is a non-profit with the mission to enhance and sustain the spirit of the Vail Valley by providing leadership in educational, athletic and cultural endeavors. The organization is known for its work in education via YouthPower365, which provides programming to more than 4,000 local children with early childhood, K-12, and scholarship programs. The Vail Valley Foundation also provides the Vail Valley with several of its most treasured annual events, such as the GoPro Mountain Games, the EverBank America’s Winter Opening, the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup races, and the Vail International Dance Festival. The Vail Valley Foundation led the effort to bring the Alpine World Ski Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek in 1989, 1999, and 2015. It also owns and operates the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village, and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Through these and other venues, the Vail Valley Foundation brings dynamic performing arts, music, culture, and dance programming to the Vail Valley. Visit www.vvf.org to learn more.