???COLORADO’S ONLY SOUL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES? SPECIAL PRE-FESTIVAL ENGAGEMENTS?? 2012 “ROAD TO VAIL”? FEATURING? DAVE HOLLISTER JUNE 21 AT JAZZ@JACKS DENVER? HOSTED BY SHED G??AND?? JULY 12 WITH LIRA?AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF METRO DENVER (COPE BRANCH)
Vail Soul Music Fest returns to Ford Amphitheater in the majestic mountains of Vail, Colorado on August 17-18-19, 2012 for the third installment of this intimate and unparalleled adventure in soul. In celebration of this ultimate soul experience, Vail Soul Music Fest today announces two special events to bring together Denver’s new soul community on the “Road to Vail.”
First up, a very special engagement of Dave Hollister and Shed G.’s “Rhythm and Jokes” at Jazz@Jacks on June 21. Next up, on July 12, 2012, LIRA will perform a private show at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver as part of the festival’s philanthropic organization, Vail Soul Music Fest Youth Day Music and Mentoring Program.??
For Vail Soul Music Fest’s June 21 “Road to Vail” event at Jazz@Jacks, Grammy nominated R&B artist from the group Blackstreet, Dave Hollister, performs his stunning vocal material from his many Dreamworks and Motown solo recordings. Hosted by Denver’s own Shedrick “Can I Vent” Garrett (Shed G. has made a name for himself as the “People’s Comedian” and has hosted events by The Temptations, The Isley Brothers, and Brian McKnight just to name a few), this sold out “Road to Vail” event promises an engaging night of music, laughs, and community.??
Then, on July 12, 2012 international songstress LIRA will bring her artistry to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver for a very special performance and Q&A with 175 lucky young souls. This private engagement is part of the Vail Soul Music Fest Youth Day Music and Mentoring Program, which each year brings together more than 100 multi-cultural and under-served youth from Metro Denver and mountain communities to Vail to participate in a day of very special music and outdoor workshops and activities for aspiring music enthusiasts and performers.
Vail Soul Music Fest Youth Day 2012 happens Saturday, August 18 in Vail, as part of the music festival. ??The Vail Soul Music Fest Youth Day Music and Mentoring Program is one of the many soulful cultural experiences that round out two night and three-day festival. Soul music originates from depth of experience and lives in its ability to connect to others. Vail Soul Music Fest taps into that spirit with the Youth Day program.??
New and unique fan engagement opportunities for Vail Soul Music Fest 2012 include a “Behind the Beats” Speaker Series featuring some of today’s top music executives discussing the business of music, the always festive “Backyard Boogie” BBQ, an uplifting and unforgettable Sunday morning Gospel Brunch, intimate parties and more. For ongoing updates on Vail Soul Music Fest’s many unique experiences and offerings visit www.vailsoulmusicfest.com.??
On the music front, Vail Soul Music Fest 2012 offers up another stellar, carefully curated lineup of international soul artists. Performing this year are the exuberant and masterful Sugarfoot’s OHIO PLAYERS, rising blue-eyed soul star Allen Stone, and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Anthony David - who, returning for his second VSMF play, is this time joined by the melodic voice of Algebra. Also on this year’s bill: U.K. favorites The Brand New Heaviesbring their internationally known soul/funk/jazz songs to the live stage, dynamic husband/wife duo Kindred, and Natalie Stewart & Julie Dexter in their first U.S. appearance together as the highly anticipated The Floetry Re:Birth.??
An international destination all on its own, the Town of Vail has partnered with Vail Soul Music Fest to offer all things good for the soul for the destination traveler: exhilarating outdoor adventures, exquisite spa services, world class golf, fresh culinary options, and so much more. And as Colorado’s only soul music festival, this multicultural event fills a unique niche in the state’s thriving festival scene.???Tickets for Vail Soul Music Fest on sale now.??Visit at www.vailsoulmusicfest.com for full artist lineup and to purchase tickets.
??Vail Soul Music Fest 2012 is proud to partner with Allstate, McDonald’s, Town of Vail, and Central City Productions. ??Vail Soul Music Fest is produced by Legacy Entertainment and Central City Productions. ??About Vail Soul Music Fest:? Anticipated by those in the know as the urban meets mountain festival, Vail Soul Music Fest is an authentic and stirring celebration of a rich and vibrant international music genre. With a hand-picked mix of emerging and established artists - from the greatest R&B legends to ballad hit-makers to conscious hip-hop to neo soul artists from around the world – Vail Soul Music Fest is the face of the modern soul revival. Supporting its mission to preserve the genre’s ongoing social and cultural impact, Vail Soul Music Fest offers a variety of soulful experiences that nurture a true sense of community and harmony.
Now in its third year - and having hosted such artists as Ledisi, Raphael Saadiq, Alex Cuba, Lalah Hathaway, Avery Sunshine and many others - Vail Soul Music Fest is bringing the soul movement back to the people, and it feels oh so good. ???
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