The City of Leadville hosts a benefit concert at the Tabor Opera House featuring the renowned Vail Valley Band with special guest Jake Riley for some authentic cowboy poetry.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early for concessions~ event starts at 7:00 p.m.
The Vail Valley Band are based in the Vail Valley. Don Watson, Beth Swearingen, and Peter Fontanese are a talented team of creative musicians who have been performing together since 1995. They have performed all over the nation and all over the world. They’re well known for their deep variety and their genres range from Country, Classic Rock, Pop, Jazz, Folk, to classical and even showtunes! The Vail Valley Band will be playing your favorites in the historic Tabor Opera House sure to get you up out of your seat!
Jake Riley grew up as a cowboy kid, right here in the Upper Arkansas Valley. He first encountered the art of cowboy poetry attending Michael Martin Murphy’s WestFest in Copper Mountain with his dad. It was there that he witnessed the art of performed poetry by Baxter Black and Waddie Mitchell, and fell in love with the medium. He had always loved a good rhyme, and began writing some on his own. Jake has performed in 11 states, including three times at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Jake’s work is probably best described as “cowboy contemporary,” but collides with the non-western realm as often as not. Jake currently lives in Riverdale, Nebraska and says he is “blessed to be tolerated by the greatest wife on Planet Earth” along with four great kids.
Tickets are nonrefundable. Children 5 and under and infants will be free with one purchased adult ticket.