The Vail Soul Music Fest 2011 is proud to offer the Vail Soul Youth Day Music and Mentoring Program on August 20, 2011. For one soul-filled day, more than 150 multi-cultural and under-served youth from Metro Denver and mountain communities will travel to the mountains of Vail to participate in the Vail Soul Youth Day Music and Mentoring Program, designed to promote social responsibility, self-esteem and cultural awareness.

Celebrating its second year, Vail Soul’s Youth Day Program creates the space for incoming middle school students and high school freshmen to explore the history and power of soul music through interactive, hands-on workshops. Working in collaboration with fellow students and adult artist mentors, students will create original works of poetry, spoken word and performance while enjoying a full day in the splendor of Colorado’s mountains. The Vail Cascade and Vail Resort’s Eagle’s Nest atop the mountain will play host to Youth Day events.

Developed in partnership with Flobots.org, workshops will pair youth with adult artists drawn from the front-lines of Denver’s music culture, including internationally recognized spoken-word poets Suzi Q. Smith and Panama Soweto, emcee Adrian Molina, hip-hop rapper/turntablist DJ Cavem and Paul Matthews, host of the KUVO FM radio show “Mahogany Soul.” Vail Soul Music Festival performers, including violinist Lee England, Jr. and mighty R&B singer Liv Warfield, will entertain and inspire. 

“Soul music is the spirit. It’s a love. It’s a hurt. It’s a pain. It’s something that people want to feel and be connected to,” says Warfield, who participated in Youth Day in 2010 and returns this year to meet the next generation of soul music lovers. “Artists have the responsibility to prep young people for their future,” she says. “These kids are our future.”

In addition to these artists, more than thirty adult and near-peer mentors and chaperones from various organizations, businesses, schools and community groups will be on hand to provide additional guidance and instruction. Workshop presenters include community leaders such as Denver’s First Lady Mary Louise Lee and McDonald’s Creative Director Mark Carlson, among others. Partnering with Vail Soul Youth Day to bring in youth participants are Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, Connect to Kids, Pirates Football League, Paramount Youth League, Flobots, Colorado Flyers, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Prodigal Son, as well as Summit County organizations SOS Outreach and The Youth Foundation. 

Participants were selected through an application process. All costs, including transportation and meals, will be underwritten by the generous donations of individuals, foundations and sponsors, including McDonald’s and Xcel Energy.

According to Gerri Gomez Howard, President of the Gomez Howard Group and Youth Day Director, education is a key component of the festival, which strives to preserve and celebrate soul music as an art form.

"Youth Day is the heartbeat of the Festival,” Howard says. “We have the ability and the responsibility to provide young music enthusiasts a chance to learn more about the industry through local and national artists as well as other professionals. We hope to inspire students to have conversations around cultural expression and social responsibility while, at the same time, reinforcing their self-esteem to create a lasting and positive impact in their communities. "

For more information, please visit www.vailsoulmusicfest.com or contact the Youth Day team at youth@vailsoulmusicfest.com

About Vail Soul Music Fest
Now in its second year, Vail Soul Music Fest is already anticipated by those in the know as the only festival of its kind in the country. Hosted at the Ford Amphitheater in the majestic mountains of Vail, Colorado, Vail Soul Music Fest is an authentic and stirring celebration of a rich and vibrant international music genre. Offering 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, multicultural soul revival. Vail Soul Music Fest is bringing the story of soul music back to the people, and it feels oh so good. 

For the second annual Vail Soul Music Fest - happening August 19-20-21, 2011 - four time Grammy nominee Ledisi, soul royalty Lalah Hathaway, and genre-bending Cuban singer-songwriter Alex Cuba top the bill during three days and two nights of music. Additional artists include soul revival golden boy Ryan Shaw, and - back by popular demand - mighty R&B singer Liv Warfield, among many others. Visitwww.vailsoulmusicfest.com for all the details.


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For more information regarding Vail Soul Music Fest, please contact
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