80s Parties and Costumes, Taj Mahal, Family Fun in Beaver Creek and Tunes to Broken Arrow: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 3/25/22


80s Party at After Vail

After Vail Spring Series continues this weekend with 80s themed parties. Local cover band Rewind will play Golden Peak on Saturday afternoon.
Rewind/courtesy photo

In addition to weekly concerts and DJs, the After Vail Spring Series is hosting a themed party this weekend. The Vail Ultimate 80’s weekend will feature 80’s tunes, 80’s cover bands and lots of neon, one piece ski suits and Zinka!

Vail Ultimate 80’s Weekend will take place this Friday and Saturday from 1-5pm at the base of Golden Peak. Friday is “Rock of 80s” which will do an acoustic set followed by a full set from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday is local favorite Rewind from 1-2:30 p.m. and Amanda Ray and the Raygunomics from 3-5 p.m. There will be a costume contest during the set changes each day with prizes for first, second and third place.

In addition to the 80s weekend, there will be regularly scheduled entertainment:


Music on top of the mountain

  • Eagle’s Nest DJ
  • Mr. Groove spinning tunes
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Turn in the square

  • Arrabelle Ice Rink in Lionshead
  • Live music by Courtney Hampton
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Note: This is the last weekend that the ice rink will be open in Arrabelle

After on the bridge

  • International Bridge Music Stage
  • Live music by DEF Trio + 1
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Music on top of the mountain

  • Mid Vail
  • DJ Pippen spinning tunes
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

After on the bridge

  • International Bridge Music Stage
  • Live music by Turntable Review Trio
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


After on the bridge

  • International Bridge Music Stage
  • Live music by Kenny Lee Young
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Teton Gravity Research Film

  • Giant screen international bridge
  • 6 p.m.

Go to VailApres.com for more information

Taj Mahal in Vilar

Taj Mahal and his sextet will perform Saturday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.
Vilar Performing Arts Center / Courtesy Photo

If you haven’t seen a show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center this season, time is running out. Come find out why the Vilar Performing Arts Center, located below the skating rink at Beaver Creek Plaza, is such a unique venue and a favorite with artists performing on its intimate stage.

This Saturday, the VPAC welcomes blues legend Taj Mahal. This Grammy Award-winning musician has been playing around the world for decades and brings his sextet to the Vilar at 7:30 p.m. Don’t delay, this show is bound to sell out. Tickets are $78 for reserved seats and $58 for students 18 or younger with a valid student ID. Go to VilarPAC.org for tickets and more information.

Here are some fun facts about the Taj Mahal according to its website, tajblues.com.

  • He was born Henry St. Claire Fredericks, Jr. on May 17, 1942. His father was a Caribbean-born jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Her mother was from South Carolina and was a schoolteacher and gospel singer.
  • Mahal learned to play over 20 instruments including piano, clarinet, trombone, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and guitar.
  • Besides music, Mahal loved farming and went to the University of Massachusetts at Amhurst and studied agriculture and veterinary science.
  • In the ’60s, Mahal moved to California, released his self-titled album, and even appeared in the movie “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus,” featuring The Rolling Stones, The Who, and others.
  • In addition to her multitude of albums, Mahal has released several children’s albums on the Music for Little People label.
  • He has won three Grammy Awards. He is also a member of the Blues Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Association.

Flowering at Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Extraordinaire presents Bloom, a family-friendly spring festival in Beaver Creek Plaza after the trails close. Beaver Creek Resort / Courtesy Photo

Beaver Creek Extraordinaire presents Bloom from now until March 27th. After a day on the slopes, head to the ice rink and plaza level for family entertainment and fun activities. Grab your free chocolate chip cookie at Cookie Time at 3:00 p.m. and do some extra shopping until the main lifts close at 4:00 p.m., then head to the plaza to ice skate, eat, ride shopping and entertaining with Bloom, bringing fun to your day after the slopes close.


  • Fire show by frost flowers
  • Treat yourself to a unique show in the village
  • 6 p.m.


  • FunFest with DJ Courtney
  • Play carnival style games, win prizes
  • 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Take advantage of the extra seating around the rink and Beaver Creek Village, and don’t forget that you can enjoy an adult drink in the common drinking area. Just stop at any of the bars and restaurants and ask the bartender to put your drink in a CCA mug and this will allow you to walk around with your drink and wander around the village or relax on one of the upholstered sofas near fireplaces. .

For more information on Beaver Creek spring activities, visit BeaverCreek.com.

Live music at Broken Arrow

Live music returns to the Arrowhead Mountain base this Sunday with local band The Laughing Bones playing from 2-5 p.m.
The Laughing Bones / Courtesy Photo

Live music is back at Broken Arrow Restaurant at the base of Arrowhead Mountain. For years, the popular restaurant featuring Blinky burgers and a large sun terrace has been a hot spot for Sunday afternoon music. During COVID-19 that music stopped, but now artists have returned to the stage, or a slice of the cobbled terrace, to entertain visitors and locals alike.

This Sunday, The Laughing Bones will play a variety of tunes. Next weekend there are two days of live music with Talking in Circles on Saturday and The Laughing Bones again on Sunday. All shows are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Broken Arrow offers drink specials throughout the shows. Look for Broken Arrow’s signature Bloody Mary and margaritas for $10, pitchers of beer ranging from $18 to $25 and pints of beer for $5 to $10 depending on the beer, which ranges from Budweiser, Coors and New products. Belgium to local brewers Vail Brewing Company, and others.

Arrive early to get a good seat on the terrace. If you are coming from Bachelor Gulch or the main mountain of Beaver Creek, keep in mind that the Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch lifts close at 3:30 p.m. Parking can be difficult, especially on a sunny day. If you’re done skiing or horseback riding and just want to come and listen to some music, plenty of people go beach cruiser from Avon and Edwards.

Family Fun Day with SSCV

Experience a day of racing and cruising the terrain at Golden Peak courtesy of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail on Sunday and free Steadman Clinic Vail Cup giant slalom races on Saturday.
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail/Courtesy Photo

Head to Golden Peak for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s family fun day. Ski and ride where the racers train and even try to get through the gates on dual, timed runs from 10:30am to 12:30pm on Lower Golden Peak.

Later in the afternoon, head to the top of the Golden Peak extension where the T-Bar lift will give you access to new views and new terrain to ski or ride from 2-3:30 p.m. See the training grounds up close and reflect on the 17 current and past SSCV athletes who competed in Beijing at the 2022 Olympics.

After being on the hill, check out the new ski and snowboard club at their location just east of Golden Peak Lodge and the children’s ski and snowboard school for après-ski on the terrace with food from the village market and village bagel and non-alcoholic beverages. Rumor has it that prizes will be awarded by Hotronic and Phunkshun Wear.

Skiers and snowboarders will need to have their own pass or lift ticket for the day, but registering will get you a complimentary entry to access the on-piste and après-ski portions of the day. Check in at the SSCV Clubhouse at 598 Vail Valley Drive between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Register in advance or on D-Day between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Find out by going to VailTownSeries.com and clicking on Family Fun Days at Golden Peak.

On Saturday, SSCV will host the Steadman Clinic Vail Cup. Saturday’s event is the fourth of four free contests for children with a birth year of 2006 or younger. Skiers and snowboarders can test their giant slalom skills on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded to the top five in each age group. For more details and to register, go to VailCup.com.


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