Wednesday Jan 20, 2021 1:00 pm
Until we can be together again we are streaming, for free, The Ghost Light Sessions – LIVE from the empty theater! We’ll be hosting local musicians for a free evening of local, streamed music. Tune in on our youtube channel!
Rob Eaton Sr. (Dark Star Orchestra & Multiple Grammy Award Winner)
Rob Eaton Jr. (Town Cavalry, Drunken Hearts Alum)
Jim Allard (Dark Star Orchestra Alum, Dead Zone)
Jake Wolf (The Original Shakedown Street, WWG’s Pickin on the Dead)
ABOUT THE BAND: Based originally on a premise of player interchangeability to suit the situation, compatibility and success have coalesced the band into its present configuration. The band’s forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material, both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead’s trademark style of improvisation. Achieved through a careful balance of comprehension and execution of the more defined musical elements of the material with a fearless passion to connect with the elusive “X factor” that Jerry Garcia affectionately spoke of, The Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue remains aligned with the Dead’s creed of playing off the energy of the audience and making them an integral component of the overall dynamic.
VIRTUAL TIP JAR will be available at Venmo and Paypal. Venmo: @RMGDR // Paypal: PayPal.me/robeatonvail
GHOST LIGHT SESSIONS LINEUP:
Thursday, May 7: The Runaway Grooms [Missed it? You can check it out HERE]
Thursday, May 21: Turntable Revue [Missed it? You can check it out HERE]
Thursday, May 28: Hardscrabble [Missed it? You can check it out HERE]
Wednesday, June 3: Buffalo Commons [Missed it? You can check it out HERE]
Thursday, June 11: The Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue (featuring Dark Star Orchestra’s Rob Eaton)
Thursday, June 18: The Johnny Schleper Band
Thursday, June 25: Brothers Keeper
…..And more to come!
#SupportTheArts #GhostLightSessions #SupportLocalMusic
What pairs best with LIVE, LOCAL MUSIC? DELICIOUS LOCAL BEER & FOOD! For this event we hope you’ll consider supporting Vail Brewing Company. They will be streaming the event live from their locations in Vail and Eagle-Vail and making a special “Ghost Light Sessions” brew. They will also be offering $1 off select beers during the show!
TUNE IN FOR FREE AT OUR VPAC YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
ABOUT THE SERIES: There all sorts of traditions and superstitions in theater such as not bringing mirrors on stage, no whistling from backstage, using “break a leg” instead of wishing a performer “good luck” and never mentioning The Scottish Play! Another is to make sure to turn on an exposed incandescent bulb centerstage known as “the ghost light”, before turning off other lights and vacating the theater. I like to think of it as providing an eternal flame that remains on between shows, providing a baseline of energy that allows us looking forward to the next wave of entertainment. Of course there is also the practical safety side to this which avoids accidents when entering a darkened theater but legend also has it that it is there to ward off mischievous spirits. Whether it’s for safety or ghosts, it certainly is comforting to enter a lit space and avoid us turning into freshly-minted theater ghosts ourselves!
As we patiently await the passing of the current pandemic and figure out how to safely resume operations at our beloved Vilar Performing Arts Center, we feel our duty to fulfill the role of the “ghost light” in our community providing a flow of energy during these uncertain, in-between times. As such we’re introducing “The Ghost Light Sessions” which will allow artists from our region to live-stream performances to wherever you are, direct from our stage. Kicking off the series is a FREE live-stream from The Runaway Grooms who will perform at 7pm on May 7th. If you’re like us, you’re probably bursting for some live entertainment to resume and allow us to reconnect as a community! We also hope it provides our local artists a platform to thrive during these difficult times and encourage you to contribute to their virtual tip-jar as a means to show your support. With enough participation and support we hope to continue this series until we can once again welcome you through our doors and we thank you in advance for spreading the word and supporting this new effort.