Underground Sound Series RETURNS to the VPAC in Beaver Creek
After a year hiatus, the series once again brings fresh music, comradery and an incredible offer!
If you go …
What: Underground Sound Series
When: Seven shows, starting Sept. 24 and ending Nov. 11
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
Cost: $125 for the Underground Sound Pass, featuring tickets and a drink at each show; NEW this year, the VIP Access Pass is $250 and includes tickets, drinks, access to the venue’s May Gallery before performances, early entrance for preferred seating and more.
More information: Visit vilarpac.org.
Beaver Creek, Colo., Aug. 9, 2021 — For over a decade each fall, the Vilar Performing Arts Center at Beaver Creek welcomes to its intimate stage an exciting lineup of musicians on the rise for its Underground Sound Series. These talented artists encompass a wide range of styles and genres, giving audiences a taste of what’s new and what’s next in music as the community celebrates a successful summer schedule and anxiously awaits exciting winter offerings.
Known as the “love for the locals” series, the Underground Sound Series is a chance to discover new music and enjoy live entertainment in the 535-seat VPAC, located underneath the ice rink in the heart of Beaver Creek. Taking place weekly from Friday, Sept. 24, to Thursday, Nov. 11, the Fall 2021 Underground Sound Series includes seven shows, starting with Nashville-based Molly Tuttle — the first woman to be named Guitar Player of the Year by International Bluegrass Music Association.
“Fall in the Vail Valley is a unique time for our mountain community and locals. It often gives us time to slow down from the summer and ramp up for the winter,” VPAC Executive Director Owen Hutchinson said. “Year after year we strive to bring the community together through music during this time. Our Underground Sound lineup this year features a memorable and brilliant group of musicians. As we’ve operated the VPAC through the pandemic with the mission to continue to bring the arts to our stage, we hope everyone can find some laugher and joy in these shows. With prices increasing on nearly everything this year, we are thrilled to bring back the pass at the same incredible rate in hopes that all can attend or share a pass among friends and neighbors. Our staff always anticipates the casual and downright fun environment that the Underground Sound Series brings to our venue each year!”
The Underground Sound Pass includes tickets to 7 shows and 7 drinks for $125. New this year, the VIP Access Pass is $250 and includes:
- May Gallery access before the show
- Early entrance to the theater for preferred seat selection to all seven Underground Sound Shows
- 1 complimentary premium drink per performance
- Complimentary appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, espresso drinks and warm cookies
- Artist meet and greet (as available)
Both the Underground Sound Pass and VIP Access Pass are transferable and allowed to be shared with friends, co-workers and family throughout the duration of the series. However with this year’s lineup, it might be hard to share!
Molly Tuttle, kicking off the series Sept. 24, is working with the biggest names in music right now – Nathaniel Rateliff, Iron & Wine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Strings and more. Jade Bird (Oct. 6) is truly a musician on the rise and has become established in the Nashville songwriters community. Taylor Scott Band (Oct. 15) is out of Denver and will bring the funk and energy to the VPAC stage. Sammy Miller and the Congregation (Oct. 21) will be bringing joyful jazz – something we could all use right now. Golden Dawn Arkestra (Oct. 29) will be putting on a not-to-be-missed Halloween show. Sierra Hull with Special Guest Dead Horses (Nov. 4) brings mandolin virtuosos and the Rolling Stone recognized folk duo. Seth Walker (Nov. 11) will close out the series with his prolific Americana music and guitar skills.
For passes and more information about the Underground Sound Series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center this fall, visit www.vilarpac.org. Here’s a look at each of the seven musicians performing this Sept. 24 to Nov. 11 at the VPAC.
Friday, Sept. 24 | 7:30 PM
Embraced by the Americana, folk and bluegrass communities, the Nashville-based artist won Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year (the first woman in the history of the IBMA to win that honor) and Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2018 Americana Music Awards and International. Tuttle has recently been partnering with some of the biggest names in music including Nathaniel Rateliff, Iron & Wine, Old Crow Medicine Show and Billy Strings to name a few!
Wednesday, Oct. 6 | 7:30 PM
Jade Bird is a singer-songwriter on the rise making the BBC’s 2018 Sound Of poll and recently touted everywhere from Vogue to Rolling Stone. Bird is part of a tight-knit Nashville songwriters community including Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlile.
Friday, Oct. 15 | 7:30 PM
Funk, soul, rock and R&B all come together in this Denver-based band’s repertoire. On stage, the road-tested Taylor Scott Band simply kills it night after night. Good luck trying to sit down or stay still. In addition to touring and recording with his own band, Scott plays alongside the likes of Blues legend Otis Taylor and Warren Haynes.
Thursday, Oct. 21 | 7:30 PM
Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission, the band is pulling people out of their solitary lives and putting them in the moment with a bracing dose of joyful jazz performed with infectious theatricality. Led by Grammy nominated drummer Sammy Miller and his seven-piece group are adventurous and charismatic musicians who are conservatory-trained but who have not lost their childlike wonder and awe for playing music. Since the band’s inception, they’ve played around the world including Lincoln Center and The White House. While independently the band members have performed with artists including Lady Gaga, Wynton Marsalis, Lizzo, Jason Mraz and Beyoncé.
GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA – COSMIC DISCO HALLOWEEN
Saturday, Oct. 29 | 7:30 PM
This will be a Halloween show like no other! Golden Dawn Arkestra will take listeners on a world tour from Brazil to Berlin, sweeping past punk & psych rock, plunging into disco & soul, all the while romancing the World Beat. Golden Dawn Arkestra continues to experiment with a myriad of musical styles and genres, all the while remaining true to their expansive cinematic sound.
SIERRA HULL with Special Guest Dead Horses
Thursday, Nov. 4 | 7:30 PM
Sierra Hull is an American bluegrass icon. After making her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 10, the Tennessee-bred virtuoso mandolinist played Carnegie Hall at 12, then landed a deal with Rounder Records just a year later. In her first 25 years alone, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist hit more milestones than many musicians accomplish in a lifetime. Dead Horses has been described as “intimate, folk-inspired conversation between two close friends” and they’ve been named a Rolling Stone Artist You Should Know.
Thursday, Nov. 11 | 7:30 PM
Seth Walker is often cited as one of the most prolific contemporary Americana artists on the scene today. He’s a multi-dimensional talent who combines a gift for melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for the guitar. He’s released 10 albums, broken into the Top 20 of the Americana Charts, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Blues Chart and received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression and Relix, among others.