Snow has been steadily falling in the Vail Valley since Thursday morning, and the National Weather Service has a Winter Storm Watch is in effect through late Friday night, with up to 2 feet of snow in the forecast. That’s great news for snow riders and anyone looking ahead to the 2020 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail later this month.
The event just announced its free Burton Concert Series lineup for the Feb. 26-29 event (see press release below), and they’re guaranteed to have killer snow. So is anyone riding this weekend or next week, for that matter.
“Light snow began on Wednesday night and we will see snow increase in intensity and continue through late Friday night,” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote Thursday morning. “I see no reason to make big changes to the forecast and I am still expecting storm totals in the northern mountains of 1-2+ FEET with the central mountains around 8-16 inches and maybe 6-12 inches in the southern mountains.
“The best powder should be on Friday all day and also Saturday morning,” Gratz added. “We’ll only see a short break on Saturday before the next storm brings snow on Saturday night.”
One cautionary note for Friday snow riders: the Colorado Department of Transportation just issued this alert: “CDOT will be closing Vail Pass in both directions at 7AM on Friday February 7, 2020 for avalanche mitigation. There is no estimate for duration at this time. Use alternative routes of travel.”
Now here’s the free Burton Concert Series lineup for the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships set for Feb. 26-29:
The 2020 Burton U·S·Open Announces Free Burton Concert Series Lineup February 26 – 29
BURLINGTON, VT (February 6, 2020) –The 38th annual Burton U·S·Open Snowboarding Championships are rolling out another incredible Burton Concert Series lineup featuring four nights of free entertainment in Vail, Colorado. This year’s roster of live bands and DJs includes legendary hip-hop group Arrested Development, chart-climbing electronic-dance artist Big Wild, genre-bending artist Theophilus London, in-demand producer and Jazz-Fusion artist Thundercat, the Queen of Bounce Big Freedia, 2019 Red Bull Music 3Style World Champion DJ J Espinosa and more!
The Burton Concert Series runs Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 26th through 29th, in the heart of Colorado’s Vail Village. These free live performances will take place at the Solaris outdoor concert stage following each day of exciting Burton U·S·Open snowboarding action at Golden Peak.
Highlights of this year’s Burton Concert Series include:
•Arrested Development have been trailblazers since first hitting the scene in 1991 slamming the world of hip hop with defiant lyrics of hope with 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of… Arrested Development won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance and was named “Band Of The Year” in 1992 by Rolling Stone. The band’s most recent album, Craft & Optics, released in 2018.
•Big Wild is one of the fastest-rising dance and electronic artists of 2019 coinciding with the release of the album SuperDream. Big Wild, aka Jackson Stell, crafts lush soundscapes and sweeping melodies that challenge the status quo. His atmospheric and wide-spanning sound traverses electronic, indie, pop, and beyond.
•Thundercat is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Los Angeles known for blurring the lines between musical genres. First gaining distinction as the bassist for Suicidal Tendencies, he has since dropped four solo albums, collaborated with producer Flying Lotus, and appeared on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” He has gone on to collaborate with everyone from Pharrell and Wiz Khalifa to Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, and Kamasi Washington.
•Theophilus London is in the spotlight fresh off the release of his new album Bebey, featuring high-profile collaborations with Tame Impala, Raekwon, Lil Yachty and others. As a singer, rapper, songwriter, and producer, he first hit Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop chart with his debut album “Timez Are Weird These Days” in 2011. He then pierced the Billboard 200 with his second album “Vibes!” The frequent collaborator was a featured artist on Kanye’s “All Day,” which earned him a ‘Best Rap Performance’ Grammy nomination.
•Ghost Light has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the jam scene since forming in late 2017. The band is a true collaboration; five personalities, five perspectives, and five unique approaches towards one common sound. Already the band has played some of the biggest festival stages around bringing a unique live experience featuring the band’s collective energy and improvisation.
2020 Burton Concert Series Full Schedule:
Wednesday, February 26th
Ghost Light and Luke Mitrani: 6:00pm–9:30pm at the Solaris Concert Stage
Thursday, February 27th
Thundercat and Theophilus London: 6:00pm–9:30pm at the Solaris Concert Stage
Friday, February 28th
Arrested Development and Big Freedia: 6:00pm–9:30pm at the Solaris Concert Stage
Saturday, February 29th
Big Wild and Evan Giia: 6:00pm–9:30pm at the Solaris Concert Stage
Burton U·S·Open Closing Party with J Espinosa, 99 Neighbors and DJ Cre8: 10:00pm–1:00am at the Dobson Ice Arena
The entire Burton Concert Series continues to be FREE and open to the public. The Dobson closing party is a free, ticketed event for ages 21 and over. Tickets are available at the Burton Pop Up Shop at the base of the slopestyle course and in the Burton stores at Vail Village and Lionshead.
Be sure to download the Burton U·S·Open app for all information around the 2020 Burton U·S·Open, including the competition, event and programming schedule, rider bios, results and more. The app is available now through Google Play and the App Store. Also follow #BurtonUSOpen and catch the competition including the halfpipe and slopestyle semi-finals and finals airing live and on demand on BurtonUSOpen.com, with complete halfpipe and slopestyle finals coverage also on Red Bull TV, available at redbull.tv or as a free downloadable app.