Vilar Performing Arts Center announces first shows slated for summer 2016 series |

Vilar Performing Arts Center announces first shows slated for summer 2016 series

Daily staff report
Alexia Jurschak, chairperson of the Vail Valley Foundation’s board of directors Vilar Performing Arts Center committee.
Special to the Daily |

VPAC Summer 2016 Series

• Friday, July 1 — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

• Tuesday, July 5 — Lonestar

• Saturday, July 9 — case/lang/veirs

• Monday, July 18 — The Robert Cray Band

• Wednesday, July 20 — Boz Scaggs

• Sunday, July 24 — Marc Cohn

• Saturday, Aug. 13 — Keb’ Mo’ Band

All shows start at 8 p.m. Additional summer acts will be announced as they are added. Tickets to these concerts go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday, March 28, at the VPAC Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at

BEAVER CREEK — While the 2015-16 Winter Series is still under way, with several shows still to come, including “The Futurist” Adam Trent, Under the Streetlamp, Indigo Girls and Warren Haynes and the Ashes & Dust Band, the Vilar Performing Arts Center has also announced the first seven concerts of the Summer 2016 Series.

This initial lineup is a virtual who’s who of Grammy award winners, including concerts by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, K.D. Lang, Neko Case, Boz Skaggs, Robert Cray, Marc Cohn and Keb’ Mo’.

“This is a wonderful lineup for the summer and makes for a perfect complement to an exciting time at the VPAC,” said Alexia Jurschak, chairperson of the Vail Valley Foundation’s board of directors Vilar Performing Arts Center committee.

Jurschak, who accepted the chairperson role in early January, said that she, the board and the staff of the Vilar Center are looking forward to reinforcing the performing arts theater’s role in the community.

“As we look to the future at the VPAC, we see opportunities to build even stronger connections with communities throughout the valley, to develop our audiences and to welcome fresh ideas to our beautiful and intimate venue,” she said.

About the shows

• Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (8 p.m. Friday, July 1) — Celebrating its golden anniversary together, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country rock and American roots music, continues to add to its legendary status.

With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top-10 hits such as “Fishin’ in the Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles,” and multiple Grammy, International Bluegrass Music Association, Country Music Association awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate. In September, they played to a sold-out crowd at The Historic Ryman Auditorium with some close friends to film a 50th anniversary special airing on PBS this month. Tickets are $85.

• Lonestar (8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5) — A 20-year anniversary is cause for celebration, and Lonestar is marking this career milestone in more ways than one. Reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald, the multi-platinum country music quartet is working hard on a brand-new, self-produced album and embarking on an extensive anniversary tour, with more than 90 dates scheduled in North America alone. The new material sounds as thrilling as any of the band’s classics. Tickets are $88.

• case/lang/veirs (8 p.m. Saturday, July 9) — Several years ago on a whim, k.d. lang sent an email to Neko Case and Laura Veirs that said, “I think we should make a record together.” The three musicians were very different and barely more than acquaintances — but they liked and admired one another, and it instantly felt right.

The result is case/lang/veirs, a true collaboration among three phenomenal, self-driven artists: avant-rock icon Case, legendary musical nomad lang and indie folk star Veirs. Full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms, case/lang/veirs travels through aches and eras, torch songs and tributes to the undersung. Tickets starting at $102.

• The Robert Cray Band (8 p.m. Monday, July 18) — Open ears and an open mind are the essence of blues singer, guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray’s approach to writing, recording and playing music. He has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar.

In just more than 40 years, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world. There are five Grammys with Cray’s name on them, and he has a suitcase full of W.C. Handy blues awards. Four years ago, Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Tickets are $58.

• Boz Scaggs (8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20) — Famed guitarist and singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs started his career in the late ’60s with the Steve Miller Band. He went on to enjoy considerable solo success in the ’70s, which included top-20 hit singles and a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

In 2015, Scaggs released his new album, “A Fool to Care,” which is a compilation of mostly covers and includes “Whispering Pines,” with Lucinda Williams, and one original blues composition, “Hell to Pay,” performed with Bonnie Raitt. His soul is effortless and deeply felt, never making a show of itself but unmistakably evident in every lyric he delivers. Tickets start at $115.

• Marc Cohn (8 p.m. Sunday, July 24) — After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a tunesmith with the passion of a soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant and able to distill universal truth from his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.

Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point Time magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade,” and Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know.” This year marks the 25th anniversary of his first album, which he will play in its entirety, along with other hits. Tickets are $58.

• Keb’ Mo’ Band (8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13) — Keb’ Mo’ is one of the most versatile and engaging musical raconteurs on today’s roots rock and blues scene. His combination of masterful, anecdotal writing skills, distinctive guitar versatility and rich, resonant, blues-soaked vocals are a testament to his longevity as a singer-songwriter.

Keb’ Mo’ has produced 11 total albums, three of which garnered him Grammy awards. He has received eight additional Grammy nominations including Country Song of the Year for “I Hope,” co-written with The Dixie Chicks, and three alone for his 2014 release, “BLUESAmericana” including Americana Album of the Year. His summer show in Beaver Creek will feature his full band. Tickets are $78.

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