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The Sheepdogs, GRiZ to headline Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail

February 5, 2016, 9:15 am

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, set for March 2-5 in Vail, announced its free entertainment lineup this week, including headlining DJ GRiZ to close out the festivities at Solaris Plaza on Saturday, March 5.

Here’s the press release from Burton:

BURLINGTON, VT (February 2, 2016) – The 34th annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships announce an all-star entertainment schedule featuring FREE performances by established headliners and up-and-coming performers including GRiZ, Big Grams, The Bright Light Social Hour and The Sheepdogs.

burton free concertsTaking place March 2nd– 5th in Vail, Colorado, the Burton US Open has a long tradition of hosting free concerts for the huge crowds of spectators to top off  each day’s incredible snowboard events.

Entertainment kicks off on Wednesday, March 2nd following the Junior Jam award ceremony on the Solaris Concert Stage. The Sheepdogs, the first unsigned band to grace the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011, hit the stage with “pure, simple, good-time music.” The Saskatoon, Canada based band recently released their fifth LP, Future Nostalgia, firmly rooted in the rock tradition.

On Thursday, March 3rd, following a full day of halfpipe semi-finals competition, The Bright Light Social Hour bring their electric live set to the Solaris Concert stage. The Austin, Texas based rockers are currently touring behind 2015’s Space Is Still the Place, which NPR described as “continually exhilarating.” The band exploded onto the Austin music scene in 2011, taking home six SXSW Austin Music Awards with their self-titled debut album.

After the US Open slopestyle finals award ceremony on Friday, March 4th, American experimental hip hop trio Big Grams take the stage. Big Grams consists of rapper Big Boi (half of the Outkast duo with Andre 3000) staying true to his trademark southern rap style, merged with Phantogram—the electronic rock duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel contributing new wave synth and Barthel’s seductive vocals. This is your chance to be among the first to see Big Grams live ahead of a packed summer schedule of major music festivals.

Following the US Open halfpipe finals award ceremony on Saturday, March 5th, GRiZ will be closing out an epic week of entertainment. At only 25 years old, Detroit based GRiZ (Grant Kwiecinski) has had a huge year. This self-described “saxophone playing, electronic funk music producer” from Detroit, Michigan has been dominating the world of electronic music headlining some of the nation’s top venues from New York to Los Angeles. Put on your dancing shoes and join the party for a night of funky, soulful fun.

The Saturday night party continues at the US Open Closing Event at Dobson Ice Arena with a lineup of live DJs to keep the dance party going.

 All events are free and open to the public. For details on all things US Open, follow the hashtag #BurtonUSOpen and head to BurtonUSOpen.com.

 US Open Entertainment Schedule:

Wednesday, March 2nd

7:00pm–9:30pm: The Sheepdogs at Solaris Concert Stage

Thursday, March 3rd

7:00pm–9:30pm: The Bright Light Social Hour at Solaris Concert Stage

Friday March 4th

6:00pm – 9:30pm: Big Grams at Solaris Concert Stage

Saturday, March 5th

6:00pm – 9:30pm: GRiZ at Solaris Concert Stage

10:00pm–1:00am: US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena

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