Being a local in the Vail Valley means insight. You learn the best places to park on a powder day and the easiest way to impress relatives coming to town is by buying reduced certificates at Truelocaldeals.com and then astonishing them by picking up dinner.
You also get access to real deals like the Vail Valley Foundation’s annual present to the locals called The Underground Sound Series. Entering its third year, this festival of music is a bargain for all that stick around town in the down season. Finding a home on Sunday evenings, the underground series brings a tremendous bang for a buck. OR look at it as a show for a buck with a $13 cocktail.
The seven shows are available for $98 and includes one free drink per show. Can’t make every show? No worries like true locals the VVF will allow you to share the pass as you see fit. Because, well you’re a true local. Glorious.
KICK OFF CONCERT
VILAR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, BEAVER CREEK
Saturday, September 7 — 6:30pm party; concert at 7:30pm
Tickets: $5 in advance/ $10 at the door OR
FREE with the purchase of Underground Sound Access Pass:
8 shows, 8 drinks, $100
Here’s a rundown of this year’s performers.
von Grey Sunday September 29-
Picking good sounds from siblings. The band of sisters ranging from 12-16 years oldmay lack maturity in the classroom but seem very at home on stage if their recent appearance on the Conan O’Brien show is any indication.
Percussion fans may want to stay away, but the combination of banjo, acoustic guitars and cello provide a nice evening for a family that just might become a modern day Carter family.
Christopher Scott Thile-Sunday October 6th
Many may not recognize the name but certainly the voice. Thile is a singer for the acoustic juggernaut Nicklecreek and the Punch Brothers. On a solo tour he will conjure up thoughts of a young Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt when Thile starts to pluck. In a valley full of appreciation of bluegrass, he is a leading practitioner of the genre in an acoustically perfect setting.
San Jose Taiko – Sunday, October 13
Finally something for us percussion loving fans. Not your typical drum circle, these youth bang the ancient “big Drum” as Taiko translates. If you ever thought a dozen kids could never bag anything and sound good you have another surprise coming.
Lee DeWyze – Sunday, October 20
Perhaps the biggest name on the agenda, “American Idol” fans are well aware of what DeWyze will brings to the stage in Beaver Creek. The Illinois native and winner of Idol’s ninth season, DeWyze will most definitely perform his most acclaimed moment -a remake of U2’s “Beautiful Day.” And with two albums to his credit DeWyze’s show should be a fine display of acoustic folk.
Solas: Shamrock City – Sunday, October 27
Time to get your Irish on. This Celtic group has been living up to their name by shedding light on both sides of the Atlantic for nearly two decades. Shades of The Corrs mixed with ancient folk sensibilities, this American band will enhance and be a perfect way to spend half way to St Patrick’s Day.
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line – Sunday, November 3
This is what I believe Muumford & Sons wants to sound like. Called a “traveling carnival of acoustic Americana,” the Nashville band is a rotating team of some of the finish noodlers this side of String Cheese. They’ll bring it all three-part harmonies, claw hammer banjo and story songs to bewitch your evening.
David Wilcox – Sunday, November 10
AN Ohio artist whose songs have been recorded by many including KD Lang, Wilcox describes his own music best, ““Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.” He will help the Underground Sound series live up to its Coffee House orgins. He’ll make you laugh and connect with the audience in a certain friend in the basement way.