Creekside Dinners, Art Exhibits, Free Jazz Concerts and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 7/8/22

Cheer! Vail Music Festival

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for its 15th residency at Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
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The Philadelphia Orchestra returns July 8-16 for its 15th season at Bravo! Vail Music Festival. This weekend you have the opportunity to see shows on all three nights and no night will be the same.

Come early Friday to hear more about the performance at the 5 p.m. pre-concert talk at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This conference will guide you through the selections of the evening:

  • Carlos Simon – Fate Conquers Now
  • Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
  • Strauss – Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”), Op. 40

Conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor Stéphane Denève and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider will be featured on violin. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Orchestra, affectionately known as the Fabulous Philadelphians, will present its signature sound with the following works:

  • Stacy Garrop – Penelope is Waiting
  • Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125
  • Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Denève will again conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra and they will be joined by Kirill Gerstein on piano. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, you’ll be treated to a special treat as the Philadelphia Orchestra brings “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” to life. This classic from Warner Bros. has dazzled many generations so get the kids out for this Bravo! Vail show. The film will be shown on the big screen as the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Gregory Daugherty, will create the sounds and emotions of Bugs themselves. Please note that this performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets and more information, visit

Vail Jazz on Sunday

Solaris Plaza is the place to be on Sunday nights for free jazz music.
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Vail Jazz kicked off its 28th season last week and in addition to its ticketed events at the Jazz tent at Lionshead on Thursdays and the free series Vail Jazz Club at The Remedy at Four Seasons Resort Vail on Wednesdays, Vail Jazz at Solaris is all returning Sundays for a free jazz evening until August 21.

Last week, the United States Air Force Academy Band Falconaires took the stage to get everyone in a patriotic mood starting with the “Star Spangled Banner” and then played all sorts of Swing-era songs.

This week, Quemando takes the stage with lively Latin jazz. Quemando means “burn” in Spanish and this band is hot, hot, hot. Named one of the best Latin bands in Colorado, this quintet, from Boulder, has no problem getting people moving and dancing. Maybe don’t bring the lawn chair for this show, you might never sit down.

Quemando’s opening act is the Kent School Denver Band, led by Quemando keyboardist Justin Adams.

Plan your Sunday nights around free Vail Jazz shows at Solaris. Here is the rest of the range:

July 17

  • Headliner: Lao Tizer Quartet
  • Student Band: Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop

July 24

  • Headliner: The Burroughs
  • Student Band: East High Jazz Combo

July 31

  • Headliner: Lionel Young Quintet
  • Student Band: Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars

August 7

  • Headliner: Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra Sextet Presents Sass, Swingin’ and Standards
  • Student Group: CCJA Bebop Police from the CO Conservatory for the Jazz Arts

August 14

  • Headliner: Tony Monaco’s Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith & the Giants of the B-3
  • Student Band: UNC Jazz Quintet

21st of August

  • Headliner: Peter Olstad’s Rocky Mountain All-Stars

This free event takes place in Solaris Square. A skating rink in the winter, this large space doubles as a town square if you want, with plenty of room for lawn chairs and blankets so you can enjoy the show which is set up on the large stage at the west end space.

Deca + Bol, the restaurant on the lower level of Solaris, serves on the many patio tables along the perimeter of the rink and you can order off the menu and sit down and relax or you can have a drink at their drinks stand and walk around listening to music. Or get a reservation at Matsuhisa to sit on the deck and you’ll have a great view from the balcony of the band. Vail Brewing Company is also on the second level and provides a great vantage point for the concert and sunset.

Weekly concerts start at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, visit

Creekside dinner series

Enjoy an outdoor experience with Grand Hyatt Vail’s Creekside Dining Series.
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Take dining to a whole new level by attending the Creekside Dining Series at the Grand Hyatt Vail. Following last year’s successful launch and rave reviews, the celebrity chef dinner series is back with guest chefs from across the country joining Grand Hyatt Vail Executive Chef Pierson Shields. This event takes place outdoors on the Creekside Terrace of the Grand Hyatt Vail. A limited number of tickets are sold at each dinner, so expect an intimate and unforgettable outdoor experience.

This week’s guest chef is Chef James “Jaycee” Couch of Jaycee LLC in Washington, D.C. Chef Jaycee is making his first trip to Vail and is fortunate to be able to get away from work out east as he is busy with provide personalized culinary services to customers. Past customers include Navy Seals admiral, ambassadors to the United States, NFL players, high-profile CEOs, and even country music star Luke Bryan has sampled Chef Jaycee’s delicious dishes.

A little about Host Chef Pierson Shields: He has been at several Hyatt properties, including as Executive Sous Chef at Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Shields draws on his extensive relationships with renowned chefs across the country and invites them to Vail, which isn’t a hard sell. After a few days of work, he usually takes the guest chef fishing.

Friday dinner menu highlights include a sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna amuse-bouche and a refreshing half-moon summer arugula salad. You’ll also experience a creative twist on a land and sea dish with crispy soft-shell crab and wagyu steak. Save room for dessert, which will be puff pastry topped with churned mango ice cream, Hennessy mango and micro mint leaf coulis. Each dish will also be paired with fantastic wines.

Mouth watering? Get your tickets for this dinner by visiting or by calling the resort directly at 970.476.1234.

There are two more Creekside diners, but the next one is already sold out. James London, executive chef and owner of Chubby Fish, will be visiting from South Carolina on July 15. On August 5, Chef Orlando Benavidez of Bits & Pieces Con Cerveza from Denver will host Chef Pierson in Vail. A preview of this menu includes highlights like carne adobada pork cheek, seared halibut with mole verde for starters, and a churro beignet with burnt salted caramel and red chili citrus chocolate for dessert.

Enjoy your lunch!

Art in the Rockies

Art on the Rockies returns this weekend to the Colorado Mountain College campus in Edwards.
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Art on the Rockies returns this weekend with over 110 artists and artisans. Colorado Mountain College will host the event with plenty of parking lots, food and beverage vendors, and high country hospitality.

Since 2011, Art on the Rockies has been a staple of the Vail Valley art scene. The show attracts artists from across the country with mediums including painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics and glass, fiber, metal, wood and more. This is a juried show, which means these artists have been selected to be part of the event.

This year’s featured artist is Douglas Wodark of Castle Rock, CO. Wodark’s subject matter includes creative works of iconic images of cowboys, Native Americans, and wild animals.

Art on the Rockies prides itself on having “working artists” and this venue allows festival-goers to meet the artists and not only talk to them about their craft, but also see them in action.

Art on the Rockies will host artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. If you want to know more about the artists, go to

2nd Friday ARTwalk

The 2nd Friday ARTwalk returns to Broadway at Eagle this Friday.
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Speaking of art, this Friday not only marks the monthly Eagle City Art Walk, but also the 4th anniversary of the popular 2nd Friday ARTwalk Street Festival, hosted by EagleARTS which is held on Broadway in downtown Eagle. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The city is closing Broadway between Grand Avenue and 4th Street, allowing all that extra street space to be used for artist booths, vendors, food trucks, and performances. Musical acts include Valle Musico, Tea & Tequila and Joe Hanley.

Make it your Friday night date or bring the kids and they can participate in Bravo’s kids activities! Vail, Dewey Dabbles Art, Eagle Vineyard Church, Patterns of Joy Sewing and Eagle Climbing & Fitness.

For more information, visit the EagleART website at or search for “Second Friday – ARTwalk on Broadway” event on Facebook.

Willie J. Johnson