Live Music, Trail Races, Carnival and More: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 5/20/22

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Trey Anastasio Band on the amp

Trey Anastasio returns Saturday night to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
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Trey Anastasio, founding member of Phish, will be at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Saturday to kick off the summer concert series. The Trey Anastasio Band, commonly known as TAB, will perform at a ticketed 6:30 p.m. show at Vail’s famous outdoor amphitheater.

For three decades, Anastasio not only received Grammy nominations for his work with Phish, but also collaborated with music greats like Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and Dave Matthews. He is a songwriter, guitarist and singer and his work has gone beyond his jam band roots and now includes classical and theatrical circles. Anastasio wrote a Broadway musical, “Hands on a Hardbody,” and is an accomplished orchestral composer.

Tickets are $55 for general admission lawn seating and between $79.50 and $99.50 for reserved pavilion seating. The band Trey Anastasio last performed at The Amp in 2019 with two sold-out shows.



Even though the venue can hold 2,500 people, this show could sell out by Saturday night, so grab tickets by heading to GRFAVail.com.

The Trey Anastasio Band is the first of many bands coming to The Amp this summer. Country music singer Jake Owen will perform on May 29 and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will play two shows on June 1 and 2. Michael Franti will play on June 3. Later this summer, discover Primus on August 12 and 13, Amos Lee with the Colorado Symphony on August 14 and Maren Morris on August 16. The full schedule is available at GRFAVail.com/Events.



Block Party pre-party

The Block Party will take place June 3-5, but the Pre-Party will take place this Saturday at Eagle Town Park.
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You know you have a cool event when it requires a pre-party before the party itself. The Block Party will take place in Eagle from June 3-5, but to kick it off, the Pre-Party will take place this Saturday at Eagle Town Park.

Walk, bike, bring the kids and picnic paraphernalia in a wagon, or head to Eagle Town Park for two bluegrass bands on the Centennial Stage. The pre-party is a BYOB event, but organizers ask attendees to bring only beer and wine and no glass. There will also be a few food vendors in the park if you don’t bring your own food.

Coral Creek will kick off the music from 3:30-5 p.m., then the Blue Canyon Boys will take over from 5:30-7 p.m. During the intermission, multiple sets of tickets will be given out at once at the June 3 Block Party. and 4 plus tickets to the Leftover Salmon “Bloodies & Bluegrass” event on June 5.

Additionally, Block Party merchandise such as hats, water bottles, and the official event poster will be given away. Block Party tickets will also be on sale during the event.

This year, the Block Party is not only bringing leftover salmon, but also nearly a dozen bands. Thievery Corporation, Heavy Breathers, Ripe, Common Kings, Sam Bush, Keller & The Keels, Rebirth Brass Band and more will play downtown Eagle.

“Our vision for Block Party has always been to bring a world-class music festival to Eagle. Each year we do our best to up our game and believe this year’s bands are bigger and better than ever. said Ted Wenninger, managing director of Optimum Events and event organizer.

At the pre-party, Wenninger said they would announce the final Saturday night headliner number.

“No clues on that front, but I will say the group is still a Colorado favorite,” Wenninger said.

For more information on the Saturday Pre-Party or the Block Party in June, go to BlockPartyEagle.com.

Boneyard Boogie Trail Run

The Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series returns on Saturday with a 13k and a 5k.
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Start your summer off with the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series kicking off Saturday. The Eagle Trails host the Boneyard Boogie, an 8-mile hike that takes you through juniper shrubbery and groves of pine nuts and offers beautiful views of Charlie Brown, Boneyard, Haymaker, and Pool and Ice trails. New for 2022, the Vail Recreation District has added a 5k run.

The racetrack is mostly single track with some mixed double tracks and a short section of cycle track. Throughout 13K there is an elevation gain of approximately 1,300 feet reaching a maximum elevation of 7,700 feet. The 5K course has a good flow with an elevation gain of 400 feet.

Races will start and end at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink and you can also park in this area. Parking is limited, so do your best to carpool. The 13K starts at 9:00 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9:15 a.m. Registration day will start at 8:00 a.m. or runners can pick up their bib on Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Peak Performance Footwear at the Riverwalk in Edwards.

All runners will receive a personalized t-shirt at the finish of the race and donuts from Northside Coffee and Kitchen. Post-race celebrations are back this year, so plan to stick around for the awards ceremony, raffle and Mountain Time Lager courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.

For more information and a route map, go to vailrec.com.

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Area students tackle today’s tough topics at TEDxYouth @ Vail on Sunday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
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TEDxVail returns with its student-led event, TEDxYouth @ Vail, on Sunday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Since 2010, TEDxVail has been a resource for the Vail Valley community to share ideas and spur change. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ideas worth spreading. TED talks are popular all over the world and this weekend you will find an event for young people, organized by young people.

Each year, local students volunteer to be speakers and organize the event. There will also be adult speakers covering topics that resonate with all audiences. The event offers students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone by public speaking. Students present topics that are important to them in front of peers and adults in the community.

The theme for this year’s [email protected] is “Resilience”. Some of the topics include critical race theory, NFTs in the art world, immigration, clinical trials, and police brutality.

The event is student-run with only a handful of adults helping out in mentoring abilities, so they really take charge of creating the theme, designing the event, and the day of execution. Teams scout for sponsors, design stage sets, create goody bags for guests, and decide on the food provided at intermission. They also visit Eagle County schools and are present in classrooms to encourage students to attend. They manage registrations, advertisements on multiple social media platforms and produce the show live with a team of professional producers.

Come and discover what the young people of our region are talking about. The [email protected] event takes place between 1 and 5 p.m. this Sunday. Doors will open at noon and the first speaker will begin at 1 p.m. Between speakers, attendees have the opportunity to mingle with others in the social spaces for conversation, crafts, and snacks. Go to TEDxVail.com for tickets, speaker information and more.

Pre-registered students are free or $5 at the door. General admission tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door.

Carnival in Avon

Bring the family for carnival rides, games on the Midway and funnel cakes at Avon Carnival this weekend.
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Browns Amusements brings fun and excitement to Avon’s weekend as Carnival returns to Beaver Creek Rodeo Grounds on Beaver Creek Boulevard, just east of downtown Avon.

Ride the classic carnival rides, then head to the award-winning Midway to test your skills at one of the fun games and win prizes.

Come for the rides and games and stay for the delicious carnival food like warm funnel cake or giant popcorn at the food wagon. Doors will open at 5 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the event and a portion of proceeds will go to Vail Valley Salvation Army.

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