Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Concerts will heat up the summer

Center announces summer concert series

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will present the “punkgrass” band the Avett Brothers on Wednesday, July 13, at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Courtesy photo

It's been a long winter, but an end is in sight with the announcement of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' summer concert series. Save the date for several music performances beginning with the Grammy Award-winning "Latin funk-orchestra" Grupo Fantasma at Hop Porter Park in Hailey, on Thursday, June 16, in conjunction with the College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center Summer Spanish Institute. Grupo Fantasma performs high-energy shows, which National Public Radio called "seamless ... whenever and wherever they're on stage." The 10-piece Latin orchestra has received praise from The Wall Street Journal, La Opinion, and USA Today, which called the band "Latin-funk masters."

On Wednesday, July 13, the Avett Brothers will play the Sun Valley Pavilion. The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock 'n' roll, honky-tonk and ragtime to produce a sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the, "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones."

Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist in 1980, Rickie Lee Jones will perform on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at River Run. Jones is a legendary R&B stylist who has spent her career challenging her listeners and the establishment with an absorbing musical vision that defies classification.

Valley favorite Michael Franti & Spearhead will perform on Monday, Aug. 15, at River Run. His latest release, "The Sound of Sunshine," is a kind of musical sun shower, a bright, beautiful and often buoyant song cycle created to bring all kinds of listeners a sense of hope during rough and rainy times.

Last but certainly not least will be a show by Colin Hay, the Men at Work front man, who will perform on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Sun Valley Opera House. Hay will bring a guitar and his distinctive voice to Sun Valley and will intersperse his classic and new songs with hilarious, poignant and downright surreal stories drawn from his often unbelievable experiences over the past three decades.

Seating is limited for all shows and interested concert-goers should buy early to avoid disappointment. Purchase tickets online at, call 726-9491, ext. 10, or visit The Center in Ketchum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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