Teva Mountain Games in Vail open with free concert |

Teva Mountain Games in Vail open with free concert

VAIL ” Teva Mountain Games, the largest outdoor adventure sports festival, announced that Jerry Joseph, songwriter for Widespread Panic, will perform a free concert at the event’s opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Thursday at Check Point Charlie in Vail Village.

Hailed by the Washington Post as a singer-songwriter who “writes complex, image-laden songs and infuses them with plenty of attitude, soulfulness and swagger,” Jerry Joseph began his career leading the Boulder-based reggae/rock band Little Women. Joseph also writes and tours with his side project, the Stockholm Syndrome, a band he fronts with Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools, Eric McFadden, Wally Ingram and Danny Dzuik. His latest album, the “Denmark Vesseys,” was released earlier this year.

The opening ceremonies will also include the event’s first-ever Human Powered Parade. The first 200 attendees who arrive on a cruiser, skateboard, rollerblades or another human-powered machine will receive a limited edition Pabst Blue Ribbon Mountain Games T-shirt. Parade registration is at the Red Lion Deck from 5:30 to 5:50 p.m. The ceremonies will also include the opening day athlete “walk-in,” which will introduce the 30 countries competing in the World Cup of Climbing. Additionally, a $3,000 Titus mountain bike provided by Titus Cycles will be raffled at the ceremony’s conclusion.

Celebrating seven years, the Teva Mountain Games will take place June 5 through 8 in Vail. The environmentally friendly, motorless outdoor sporting event will host 2,500 professional and amateur outdoor athletes from all over the world. These athletes will converge upon the mountains and rivers to compete in seven sports and 21 disciplines for more than $100,000 in prize money. This year’s disciplines include kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup and amateur climbing, paragliding, fly-fishing, trail running, diving dogs and multi-sport racing. An estimated 1.4 million people will tune into the Teva Mountain Games on its national television and online broadcast.

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