Last week, the Burton squad, putting together the 34th Burton US Open, announced a packed entertainment lineup marked by big names and up-and-comers alike. The free performances will take place after the days’ snowboard championships, which will last from March 2nd through the 5th. Did I mention they’re free? Yup; headlining this year will be GRiZ, Big Grams, The Bright Light Social Hour and The Sheepdogs.
The party starts Wednesday, March 2nd after the little shredders’ Junior Jam award ceremony. The Sheepdogs, a rock-and-roll band out of Saskatchewan, will be taking the stage from 7-9:30pm at the Solaris Concert Stage. Making history as the first unsigned band to make the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011, these soulful Canadians have since been firmly establishing their presence in the rock scene in both Canada and the US. Their latest LP Future Nostalgia debuted #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan Chart, earning a second gold record for the band. The Sheepdogs have an notable retro-rock sound that puts you in the age of hard rock with a folk twang. Think Grateful Dead meets the Black Keys- not a band to miss.
Same place, same time, next day. The Bright Light Social Hour will be taking their talents to Vail Mountain after the US Open Broomball Tournament, bringing a unique electric rock sound with them. They’re taking a break from their 2015-16 tour to perform for the people of the Open, following the release of their latest album Space Is Still The Space (2015). These jammers from Austin, Texas have six SXSW 2011 Music Awards under the belt including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year (“Detroit”), compiling high critical acclaim to add to their prestige as they continue touring the United States. Their name has showed up on several big lineups such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Sasquatch and Hang Out music festivals; these guys are a non-stop motion of psych-rock sound.
Big Grams takes the Solaris Concert Stage on Friday following men and women’s Slopestyle Awards. Perhaps the most unique trio of our time, Big Grams is the product of the musical collaboration between rapper Big Boi, best known as the second face of OutKast (alongside Andre 3000), and Phantogram, an electronic rock duo out of Greenwich, New York. They put out their self-titled EP debut in September of 2015, after Big Boi’s interest in Mouthful of Diamonds by Phantogram (which he stumbled across in a pop-up ad) eventually led to a revolutionary collab between the artists. Big Boi doesn’t ditch his characteristic southern-drawl style as he raps over Phantogram’s alternative beats; the result is a futuristic fusion of two artists at least a musical world apart. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch them before a packed schedule throughout festival season.
Following the Halfpipe Awards, GRiZ is scheduled to wrap up an epic five days of entertainment, both on the slopes and on the stage. Sure to draw in huge crowds from a steadfast Colorado following, be sure to arrive extra early if you plan on getting an earshot of GRiZ’s set. Grant Kwiecinski of Detroit, Michigan has had nothing short of an insanely successful) past year, and is only growing in notoriety and influence on his steady climb to the king’s throne of electronic music. This year alone, he’s hauled six singles that have claimed the #1 spot on Hype Machine’s most popular charts. A superior producer and an even more gifted saxophone player, GRiZ is both the reincarnation of motown soul and the incarnation of the vanguard of new sound. With his Spring 2016 tour already sold out in some of the nation’s top venues, the Burton US Open Finale offers a coveted chance to see GRiZ’s live set (…for the f).
The 34th Burton US Snowboard Championship Open will take place from February 29th to March 5th, with the live performances taking place March 2nd through the 5th. All entertainment events will be free and open to the general public. For more information on the daily events and performance schedule, take it to BurtonUSOpen.com.