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Michael Franti, Lettuce to headline Vail Snow Daze

October 17, 2016, 4:38 pm

The Michael Franti Trio and Lettuce will headline Vail Snow Daze, Vail Mountain’s signature early-season celebration, with two nights of free concerts. Bud Light presents The Michael Franti Trio on Friday, December 9, 2016, and Lettuce, on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

“Vail Snow Daze will once again kick off the 2016-2017 winter season for the Town of Vail and for the resort,” said Phil Metz, senior director of marketing at Vail Mountain. “Vail Mountain hosts top-name entertainment each year in order to create an atmosphere that will last all season for our guests.”

Michael Franti

Michael Franti

All Vail Snow Daze concerts are free of charge and will be held at Solaris in Vail Village. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and shows start at 6:00 p.m. The schedule of activities for Vail Snow Daze 2016 will also include the return of the sponsor expo village and gear demos at the base of Gondola One, as well as après and after-dark parties in the Town of Vail.

Vail Snow Daze is presented by Vail Mountain, Bud Light, Pepsi, and Town of Vail, and brought to you in part by Helly Hansen, Vibram, Audi, Nature Valley, Vail Resorts Retail, Liberty Skis and Colorado Mountain Express.

Vail Mountain will open for winter operations on Friday, November 18, 2016. Vail Snow Daze is the first of multiple events Vail will host during the 2016-17 season including, Skadi Vail, a women’s-only ski fest, and Vail Holidaze, a family holiday celebration, December 16-18.

The Michael Franti Trio

Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change.

Franti’s brand new single, “Once A Day,” from his upcoming debut album on Fantasy Records, was inspired by his son’s diagnosis with a rare kidney disease in the hopes that this song would be inspirational and uplifting to anyone who is going through challenging times. This new song has the same feel-good, inspiring vibe as “Say Hey (I Love You),” his two-time platinum hit single.


For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. On their latest album Crush, drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet player Eric Bloom channel the sonic freedom and infectious energy of their incendiary live show. In recent years, Lettuce have sold out multiple shows across the US and watched their fanbase expand as they’ve hit bigger and bigger stages and earned their name as a can’t-miss live act.

Epic 4 Lodging Package

Unlock the best value for winter when you purchase discounted lodging with Epic 4-day passes. Epic 4-day passes give you four unrestricted days of skiing. Use all four days consecutively or over the course of the entire season, with no blackout dates. Best of all, Epic 4-day passes can save you as much as $85 per day compared to lift tickets. A family of four could save more than $1,300 over the course of four ski days. Lodging rates and Epic 4-day prices will increase as winter approaches. Visit vail.com to book your visit and for additional information including, lodging rates and pass options.

For more information on Vail Snow Daze, including the full schedule of events, visit www.vail.com/snowdaze. For more information, visit www.vail.com or call 970-SKI-VAIL (754-8245).

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