Coles Whalen and her band to play the Sun Valley Boiler Room Friday & Saturday, January 8 & 9, 2010.
Doors open at 9pm ~ Cover is $10 ~ First 10 people at the door get in FREE!
Coles Whalen knows how to jump start a music career, literally. After independently releasing an EP in 2005, she bought a pick-up truck and camper and never looked back. In the next 12 months, she played over 150 venues across the western U.S. and was able to release her follow up, full-length record "Gee Baby," in February of 2006.
Steppin’ Out Magazine said of the release "Whalen’s voice has more than enough power to carry a rock anthem, but she prefers to use that power to sustain her gentler, more pensive moments. Her pitch and articulation – vocal and instrumental – are flawless."
Whalen sold more than 10,000 records in the U.S. and Canada straight out of the back of her truck. In 2007 Whalen released her third solo project, "Nothing is Too Much" and parked the camper for good. Forming a new band in her hometown of Denver, CO, she’s opened for Paula Cole, Pat Benatar, The John Butler Trio, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Ferrick and Reckless Kelley among others.
Ricardo Baca, Pop Music Critic for The Denver Post wrote "Whalen delivers an absolutely great show, she left a lasting impression on me."
Whalen is not only making waves in the U.S., she and her band were declared the winners of Akon’s HitLab.com Showcase in Montreal, Quebec Canada 2009. The Whistle Stop Road Record, presented by HitLab.com, is Whalen’s fourth solo album, released in October 2009. While on tour to support this record, Whalen will take a few weeks off to be in the studio with producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson) and Akon working on her fifth full – length release, expected to hit the airwaves in February of 2010.
"Soulful, powerful, straight from the heart" -Monica Younge, Indie Music Reviews
January 15 & 16 – Eddie Ifft & Dax Jordan
January 22 & 23 – Jason Resler & Leif Skyving
January 29 & 30 – Tig Notaro & David Huntsberger
February 5 & 6 – Dan Gabriel & Gary Cannon
February 12 & 13 – Jackie Kashian & Steve Mazan
February 19 & 20 – Mike Pace & Heath Harmison
February 26 & 27- Harry Basil & Jim Summers
March 5 & 6 – Jimmy Shubert & Ryan Wingfield
March 12 & 13 – Jay Davis & Tracy Smith
Final Show! March 19 & 20 – Michael Loftus & John Moyer
Mark Oliver does it again with the second installment of his video series, “It’s Always Sunny in Sun Valley”. This time featuring local riders like Wyatt and Yancy Caldwell, A.J. Ogden, Josh Keefer, and Olympian Graham Watanabe. Check it out here.
2010 is just a few hours away and we now look forward to what the New Year, the new season, and possibly the new snow holds for Sun Valley. With 75 years of history behind us, containing a storied past of great skiers, celebrities, politicians, ripping locals, blue skies, and sun-filled seasons of good skiing; we are excited and hopeful for what the future has in store for our much-loved mountain.
We have a rough year behind us. In 2009, the economy served to threaten our tourist-dependant community and it is easy to see the misfortune. But instead, we look back on a community that continues to grow, people that continue to work hard, a company with a vision for the future, a passionate, outspoken and hard-working generation of youth in the valley who want the best for their hometown, and a mountain that has continually stood tall over our valley as it has for ages, serving as a pillar for our community and a cornerstone for ski culture throughout the world.
With timeless Bald Mountain, a new terrain park on Dollar, a new era of management, an ever-present supply of sunny skies and short lift lines, 3,300 feet of vertical just waiting to be skied, an environment that provides endless terrain for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and mountain biking, and a community that continues to support and enjoy this blessed place, we can be nothing but grateful we live in Sun Valley and be nothing but optimistic for all that 2010 has in store.
Now with a forecast calling for 17-20 inches in the area overnight tonight, it seems the New Year is most definitely starting out right.
So check out to the festivities in Sun Valley, head to one of the parties in downtown Ketchum, or snuggle at home on the couch and ring in the New Year with optimism, love, hope, and cross your fingers for all that snow. Happy New Year to you and yours!
Snow Safety Assistant Bryant Dunn updates us on the latest mountain conditions.
Part of a generation of kids born and raised in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area, Langely McNeal, has had skis on her feet since she could walk. For her, Sun Valley is home and Baldy holds a special place in her heart. And now, for the past few years she has been training to get closer and closer to every skier’s dream, the Olympics.
Langely is one of two American women in the hunt for the Vancouver Games in the new event, SkiCross. Much like a motocross race on skis, with all the bumping, pushing and crashing, SkiCross is fast, furious, and terrifying. But anyone who has seen Langely on the hill knows this ball of fire can definitely hang. Langely, who still calls Sun Valley home and trains on Baldy, is a member of the US Ski Team’s SkiCross team (part of the US Freestyle team) and a member of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Olympic Development Team. As the top ranked US woman in SkiCross and with support from the SVSEF and the US Ski Team, Langely will be traveling to Europe to compete in several qualifying races in hopes of earning herself a spot in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Keep an eye out for our local girl and check out the five things she loves about Sun Valley below.
5 Things I Love about Sun Valley
1. The steep terrain on Baldy that feeds right into the non-existent lift lines.
2. The feel of carving a ski on the perfectly groomed runs, then having hot chocolate and whip cream at Warm Springs Lodge.
3. Being able to walk out my front door with a mountain bike, road bike, running shoes, whatever, and knowing I’ll be able to find some sweet trail in any direction.
4. The people, hands down. So many great personalities in our valley and amazing friends that you can’t find anywhere else.
5. The ridiculous amount of sunshine we see all year round… so spoiled!
Christmas in Sun Valley is a time full of parties,shopping, ice shows, fireworks, dinners, dancing, drinking, sleeping, opening presents during a leisurely breakfast and then skiing. Unfortunately for 17,000 people in Southern Idaho, Christmas in Sun Valley this year was a little different….
A blackout caused by a break in a power line somewhere in the desert around Picabo, possibly the result of an overload (read: too many Christmas lights!), commenced at 10:30 pm on Christmas Eve. A cold, cold night with temperatures dropping ensued and the power was not restored until around 2:00 pm Christmas Day and the lifts on Baldy never even got rolling. (read: no Christmas skiing!) But we think, just maybe, this was a blessing in disguise.
Dinners were finished by candlelight. Restaurant staffs merrily gathered in darkened booths drinking wine, and ringing in Christmas together. The Pioneer was hopping late into Christmas Eve as their generators proudly ran. Mistletoe above doorsteps was a little more romantic. Presents couldn’t be opened at the crack of dawn and anxious kids were forced to allow their parents a few more hours of sleep. Coffee was made on stovetops with a french press. No one was watching tv. No one was on their computer. There was no rush to get up on the mountain, or anywhere else for that matter. Transistor radios played Christmas tunes from stations in Twin Falls. There was a little extra cuddling overnight. Baldy saw quite a bit more uphill traffic as skiers and boarders enjoyed the bluebird day by hiking up. There were more walks taken and more people nordic skiing. Time seemed to slow down and everyone huddled together.
We may not have gone skiing on Christmas but this year, we all may be a little more grateful for what we do have in our lives; the ease, the convience, all we have been blessed with, and the ones we love with whom we can share it all.
Check out local snowboarding / photography / video phenom, Mark Oliver’s awesome terrain park video featuring local athletes who didn’t have their own park before Saturday like Colter Brehmer, Tai Barrymore, Pat Lee, Chase Josey, and Mal Prior.