The Vilar Performing Arts Center's fall Underground Sound series is underway, but the venue is not ready to pack it in for winter just yet. The Vilar Center will extend its lineup with a bonus eighth performance on Nov. 11 when Toots and the Maytals Unplugged Acoustic Tour comes to the venue, along with Anders Osborne. Toots and the Maytals, once known simply as the Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Lead singer and native Jamaican Toots Hibbert and his band helped chart the course of Jamaican music through its various evolutions of ska, reggae and rock.
Venturing far beyond those roots, Toots and the Maytals have collaborated with some of rock, pop, hip hop and country's biggest artists, including classic icons Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, as well as popular artists of today such as No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots and Shaggy.
Toots and the Maytals will be joined by Anders Osborne. Osborne, who will return to the Vail Valley after opening for Gov't Mule at the Ford Amphitheater on Sept. 14, brings a powerful trio of riveting songwriting, soulful vocals and stellar guitar playing. Originally from Sweden, Osborne is among the most original and visionary musicians performing today and is ranked as one of the Big Easy's favorite musical heroes in his home base of New Orleans.
“Coming off of the Underground Sound Series, which is largely about bringing rising singer/songwriters to the stage and giving fans a chance to discover new music, we expect an explosive performance from Toots and the Maytals and Anders Osborne, giving tribute to the many genres and styles of music over which they've had influence during past decades,” said Kris Sabel, executive director for the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “Most recently, Toots and the Maytals has collaborated with everyone from The Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band to Sheryl Crow and Los Lonely Boys. They could easily play 10 completely different sets that would each blow us away in different ways.”
Following on the heels of the VPAC's Underground Sound series, which takes place Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Toots and the Maytals Unplugged Acoustic Tour with Anders Osborne takes place Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the VPAC's winter season will then go on sale immediately following this final fall performance. Toots and the Maytals tickets are $58 and available starting Monday, online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 970-845-TIXS or in person at the VPAC Box Office in Beaver Creek.