Vail Soul Music Fest Partners with EBONY & JET

Article Contributed by madison | Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011

Now in its second year, Vail Soul Music Fest, together with iconic Urban publications EBONY and JET magazines, bring an authentic and stirring celebration of a rich and vibrant international music genre to the majestic natural backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

As exclusive print media partners with Vail Soul Music Fest, EBONY and JET bring their powerful reach as the essential voice in Black America to more than 20 million consumers. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with iconic publications EBONY and JET, who have been at the center of the urban soul scene for more than 60 years,“ said Vail Soul Music Festival producer Rhonda July.

EBONY and JET Group Publisher Stephen Gregory Barr said, “The Vail Soul Music Fest is a sanctuary for national and international soul music artists and fans. By positioning our legendary publications with this celebration of soul music and lifestyle, we hope that more people have the opportunity to experience it and be part of the movement.”

For the second annual Vail Soul Music Fest - happening August 19-20-21, 2011 at Vail, Colorado’s Ford Amphitheater – four-time Grammy nominee Ledisi, soul royalty Lalah Hathaway, and genre-bending Cuban singer-songwriter Alex Cuba top the bill during three days and two nights of music. Additional artists include British slam-champion poet and Floetry co-founder Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart, soul revival golden boy Ryan Shaw, and - back by popular demand - mighty R&B singer Liv Warfield, among many others. Visit for all the details.

Anticipated by those in the know as the only-of-its-kind in the state of Colorado, Vail Soul Music Fest offers a hand-picked mix of emerging and established artists - from the greatest R&B legends to ballad hit-makers to conscious hip-hop to neo soul artists from around the world. Vail Soul Music Fest is the face of the modern, multicultural soul revival. Vail Soul Music Fest is bringing the story of soul music back to the people, and it feels oh so good.

Indeed, Soul music’s stories of heart, truth, and transparency are more universal now than ever before. In this spirit, Vail Soul Music Fest is more than just a music event; it’s the ultimate soul experience. In addition to some of the best performers in the genre, Vail Soul Music Fest features three days and two nights of soulful cultural experiences including:

• Youth Day Music and Mentoring,
• “Soul Studio” featuring artist “Talk Back” sessions hosted by Hip Hop scholar Adam Bradley,
• A Spa and Fashion Sanctuary at Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort,
• Fan favorite the “Soul Stroll,” where participating bars and clubs along Vail’s Main Street are transformed to represent each decade of soul music and lifestyle,
• and much more.

Stay tuned for full details on Vail Soul Music Fest’s many unique experiences and offerings and visit for more information.

Soul music originates from depth of experience and lives in its ability to connect to others. Vail Soul Music Fest taps into that spirit – with an unparalleled alchemy of mood and grooves and a breathtaking natural backdrop with wide-open skies. A premier international mountain town destination on its own, Vail Soul Music Fest offers an intriguing excuse for Colorado city dwellers and out-of-state visitors alike to descend on Vail Village for an exceptional soul experience getaway. Says Rhonda July, “A lot of people ask – why Vail? It’s an awe-inspiring setting, and really lends to providing a truly unique experience void of distractions.” July continues, “Colorado is rated the 5th most prolific arts scene in the Country, and quite frankly is still lacking events in the soul genre, despite plenty of interest and support.” Vail Soul Music Fest is for Colorado’s many music savvy residents, and for music fans all over the country looking for an ultimate soul music experience. Come for the uplifting music, great company, tasty food choices, world-class spa facilities, a huge variety of outdoor activities, and so much more.


The artist line-up for Vail Soul Music Fest is as follows:

Friday, August 19
Lalah Hathaway
Alex Cuba
Natalie Stewart
Lee England Jr.

Saturday, August 20
Ryan Shaw
Liv Warfield
Chaz Shepherd

Sunday, August 21

“Fan Appreciation Day” with artist meet & greets, free activities and experiences, free music events throughout town, and more.

Additional performers to be announced.

Tickets available at or at / 1-866-461-6556. Local Vail Residents can purchase through the Ford Amphitheater Box Office