Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas July 2

photo of Alison Krauss & Union Station

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Sun Valley Resort Entertainment is proud to announce that Grammy Award winning band, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas will perform in the Sun Valley Pavilion on Saturday, July 2 at 5:30pm as part of their Paper Airplane Summer Tour 2011.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 13 at the Sun Valley Recreation Center (208) 622-2135 or online at:

Ticket prices range from $29-$110. Children under age 12 are free on the lawn when accompanied by an adult. Early-bird pricing available for select seats.

Rickie Lee Jones to perform at River Run August 2

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Rickie Lee Jones

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents: Rickie Lee Jones at River Run Lodge on Tuesday night, August 2. Tickets are available only through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. This is an outdoor concert.

Sun Valley Resort is offering a special package that includes concert tickets and a one night stay on August 2. Double occupancy: $249 / Single Occupancy $214
For concert & hotel package info call: 800-786-8259

Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist in 1980, Rickie Lee Jones has spent her career challenging her listeners and the establishment with an absorbing musical vision that defies border and classification. She rocked the culture of singer-song writerdom with her refusal to conform to the staid and careful eloquence of the folk rock generation that came before her. Neither punk nor pop, she wove a thread of her own devising, jazz – the old musical kind, and R&B – the Motown thread that permeates her work.

The Avett Brothers perform in the Sun Valley Pavilion July 13

Avett Brothers photo

The Avett Brothers

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents: The Avett Brothers in the Sun Valley Pavilion Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Tickets available through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts only. Pavilion and lawn seating available.

Sun Valley Resort is offering a special package that includes concert tickets and a one night stay on July 13. Double occupancy: $219 / Single Occupancy $184
For concert & hotel package info call: 800-786-8259

The Avett Brothers (pronounced eh-vitt) is a folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Scott and Seth Avett, who play the banjo and guitar respectively, and Bob Crawford who plays the stand-up bass, Joe Kwon, cello, and Jacob Edwards, drums. The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones.”

Signed by legendary producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and the Dixie Chicks to name a few) in 2008, the Avett Brothers’ 2009 release “I and Love and You” reached #16 on Billboards’ chart of bestselling albums. Known for their rowdy, infectious live performances, the Avett Brothers’ concert coincides with Sun Valley’s hosting of the National Mountain Bike Championships which is July 14-17.

2011 Sun Valley Pavilion Summer Concerts

The Pavilion is one of the most beautiful places in the Wood River Valley to see a concert and the music genres range from full symphony orchestra, to rock n’ roll, to country, to pop, to Opera. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Tickets available this spring at the Sun Valley Recreation Center box office (208) 622-2135 or online at
Concert on sale dates to be announced

The concert schedule is subject to change and concert headliners will be announced later this spring.
June 22 – Bill Cosby
June 24 – Robert Moses’ Kin Dance (Modern Dance)
July 2 – Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
July 3 – American Festival Chorus & Orchestra with Maureen McGovern
July 10 – A Midsummer’s Night Serenade – presented by the Sun Valley Opera
July 13- Avett Brothers – Tickets only available through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts
July 17 – Sun Valley Artists Series Concert – featuring Susan Spelius Dunning
July 24 through August 16 – Sun Valley Summer Symphony Series
August 17 – Danny Thompson Memorial Benefit Concert – featuring Huey Lewis and the News
August 19-22 – Sun Valley Writers’ Conference
August 26 – Trey McIntyre Project (Modern Dance & Ballet)
September 9 – Idaho Governor’s Cup Concert featuring TBA

Sun Valley Music Festival to raise the roof on September 25

Sun Valley Music Festival will raise the roof at the Sun Valley Pavilion September 25
Featuring living legends of gospel music The Blind Boys of Alabama; blues-man Bill Sims Jr.; jazz virtuoso trumpeter Lew Soloff and local jazz favorites The Paul Tillotson Love Trio
Sun Valley Pavilion, Saturday, September 25
Showtime – 5pm / Gates open at 4pm
Tickets are $45 general admission or only $30 per person for groups of 10 or more. On Sale Now at the Sun Valley Recreation Center box office (208) 622-2135 or purchase tickets online at:

Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama will headline the 2010 Music Festival. They are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy Awards, The Blind Boys have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 60 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. Their performances have been experienced by millions on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, the Grammy Awards telecast, 60 Minutes, and on their own holiday PBS Special. The Blind Boys’ live shows are roof- raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to virtually every continent.

Bill Sims Jr.

Bill Sims Jr.
The Blues has many distinct origins and sounds. Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, West Coast Blues, East Coast Blues, Rhythm and Blues and on and on, each with its own unique flavor. If you ask Bill Sims what type of Blues he plays, his answer is simply, “I play the Blues.
Bill Sims is currently considered one of the best musicians in the New York City Blues scene. Besides regularly performing at the best Blues clues in the city, Bill tours extensively both domestic and internationally. His virtuoso musicianship can be heard in most homes across America in the advertising spots of Coca-Cola, Reebok, Folgers and ESPN. In 1992, Bill released his first CD, Blues Before Sunrise. In 1999 his much-awaited CD Bill Sims was released on Warner Brothers records to coincide with the 10 hour PBS special on Bill.

Lew Soloff

Lew Soloff
A consummate fixture on the New York jazz scene, Lew Soloff’s career is filled
with a rich history of renowned sessions and world-class collaborations. From
the time he eased into the east coast world of trend setting musicians in the mid
1960s, Soloff’s creative ventures have resulted in a respected body of work that
places him in a category of true accomplishment and keeps his elegant and
lyrical signatures in constant demand. Whether interpreting a standard or
improvising on an original composition, his phrasing and note choices exemplify
his unique voice. Soloff is known as a virtuoso with tremendous range and
superior technical command, yet he exudes a wisdom for quietness and melody.
Soloff’s expertise includes trumpet, flugelhorn, harmon mute, plunger mute and he is particularly recognized for his work on piccolo trumpet.

Paul Tillotson Love Trio

Paul Tillotson Love Trio
Paul Tillotson says "my mission is to play great improvised music, deeply touching the souls of audiences around the world, spreading the joy that is created while creating music that comes from love."

Tillotson’s latest release, Tequila Time, is another CD with his special sense of fun, respect to the past, and reckless abandonment of what "should happen" on a jazz CD. His music has a way of sparking the collective imagination of all who listen. In New York City, Paul searched for his perfect trio. After finding a drummer with a deep groove, who creates an original approach to playing music every time he plays -James Wormworth- the bass seat was all that was left. James recommended long time friend Mike Merritt, from the Conan O’Brien Show, and the three musicians have since developed a musical rapport rarely seen in jazz groups today. Rapports so undeniable that when first time listeners are exposed to the trio, they freeze in their steps, listen, and then smile from ear to ear, hence creating The Love Trio.

Sir Salman Rushdie lecture at the Sun Valley Pavilion September 10

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts Presents:
Sir Salman Rushdie
Friday September 10, 2010 at 7pm (rescheduled from original February 11, 2010 date)
Sun Valley Pavilion
$30 / $40 nonmembers
Tickets are ONLY available through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

Raised in India and Pakistan and educated in England, Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated and controversial authors and critics of our time. His novel The Satanic Verses provoked a fatwa (religious edict) by Ayatollah Khomeini calling for his death, as a result of which he spent nearly a decade “underground,” seldom appearing in public. A leading proponent for free speech, Rushdie was knighted by the British government in 2007.

Tickets are ONLY available through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

Lecture Sponsors:
Martine and Dan Drackett, Wodecroft
Foundation & Judith and Richard Smooke

Shrishti-Creation dance and song from India September 16 in the Pavilion

Dr. Jayanthi Raman’s Shrishti – Creation will light up the Sun Valley Pavilion Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 8pm.
Presented with the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival September 17-19, 2010.

Tickets are $20, $27 & $37 on sale now at the Sun Valley Recreation Center box office (208) 622-2135 or online at:

Choreographer and artistic director Dr. Jayanthi Raman brings together a brilliant cast of musicians and dancers in the 2010 multimedia production ‘Shrishti- Creation’. Featuring Dr. Raman as the principal dancer and an illustrious ten- member troupe of dancers and accompanying live orchestra of musicians (vocal, percussion and violin) from India.
Designed for global audience, the production is choreographed to chants from ancient scriptures to contemporary music and rhythm of ancient percussions. The production is further enhanced by exquisite costuming, authentic jewelry, and elaborate lighting, adding visual dimension to the ballet. With original music score composed by renowned violin maestro and composer Ganesh Rajagopalan of Ganesh Kumaresh fame.

The 6th Annual Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival will be held in the Sun Valley Opera House September 17-19. Film Festival tickets available through the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival.

International Pianist Misha Dichter to perform Sept 5 in Sun Valley

International Superstar Pianist Misha Dichter to highlight Labor Day Weekend at Sun Valley Resort.

Gala Concert to benefit Sun Valley Artist Series

Sun Valley Pavilion: Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 8pm. Gates open at 7pm.

Tickets are $47, $74, $93, $225 (Preferred Seating Package includes a $125 donation), and $475 (Premium Seating Package includes a $375 donation).

Tickets on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation Center Box Office (208) 622-2135 or (888) 622-2108. Online ticket sales at

Don Felder to perform August 18 in the Sun Valley Pavilion

Don Felder

Don Felder, an evening at the Hotel California
A Concert to benefit the Danny Thompson Memorial Leukemia Fund

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and former Eagles lead guitarist, Don Felder returns with his band to the Sun Valley Pavilion Wednesday, August 18. Tickets on Sale June 15. Online: or call the Sun Valley Recreation Center box office at: 888-622-2108

Don Felder Bio:
World renowned musician Don Felder was one of the five members and former lead guitarist of the rock group the Eagles for 27 years. Credited with adding a rock and roll edge to their country sound, he wrote the music for their biggest hit, the multi Grammy award winning song "Hotel California". With 14 Grammy nominations and 4 wins, his signature guitar work has become legendary on songs like "Hotel California", "Life In The Fast Lane", "One Of These Nights", "New Kid In Town", and the list goes on.  Don and the Eagles also hold the honor of having the first Platinum album certified by the RIAA. That album, The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, has reached over 26 million copies, becoming the best-selling album of the 20th century.

In the years the band was apart, Don wrote music for films and television including songs in Sluggers Wife by Neil Simon, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Heavy Metal, Secret Admirer, Nice Dreams, and Galaxy High. Having mastered instruments like keyboards, mandolin, pedal steel, and banjo, Don has performed and recorded with musicians that span the musical spectrum, from The Bee Gees, Bob Seger, Joe Walsh, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Kenny Loggins, David Crosby & Graham Nash, David Foster, Boz Scaggs, Tom Petty, Warren Zevon, Steven Stills, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, Vince Gill, Stevie Wonder to Elton John, Paul Simon, Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand. He also hosted a television show for children called FTV, and continues his work with kids through various charities around the world.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, Don is now writing and recording songs for an upcoming solo project and touring worldwide. He has most recently become a New York Times bestselling author with his autobiography "Heaven and Hell" about his life with the Eagles.

Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera kicks off July 4 Weekend

The American Festival Chorus & Orchestra featuring special guest
Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera to kick-off Fourth of July weekend at Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley Pavilion. Friday, July 2 at 8pm. Gates open at 7pm
Tickets are $39, $79, $112 & $150 – On Sale Now at the Sun Valley Recreation
Center box office (208) 622-2135 / 888-622-2108 or online at:
Hotel & Concert ticket packages available- Sun Valley Resort Reservations 800-786-8259.

Celebrate July 4 weekend with outstanding performances of traditional patriotic tunes and some of Peter Cetera’s greatest hits.

The American Festival Chorus & Orchestra
The American Festival Chorus was founded in the summer of 2008. Dr. Craig Jessop was appointed as Artistic Director and Conductor, with Dr. Cory Evans as Associate Director. Jessop is also Professor of Music and Head of the Department of Music at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. These two appointments follow Dr. Jessop’s distinguished tenure as music director of the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The American Festival Chorus has brought together 270 talented singers from a 50-mile radius, including many students from the Music Department at Utah State University and several local high school choral conductors.

The professional American Festival Orchestra is composed of USU music faculty, outstanding musicians in the community and the Northern Utah region and top select senior USU students, Jessop said. Principal strings are the Fry String Quartet, hailed in the New York Times as "a triumph of ensemble playing." The Chorus consists of 260 singers who live within a 50-mile radius of Logan, Utah.

Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Peter Cetera
As the lead singer and bassist of Chicago, Cetera wrote some of the biggest hits of the rock and pop music era including “If You Leave Me Now,” “Baby, What a Big Surprise,” “You’re the Inspiration,” “Stay the Night,” “Feeling Stronger Every Day” and “Hard To Say I’m Sorry.” Of their 17 albums, three went platinum, nearly all of them went gold and their first four appeared on the best-seller list all at one time. At one point “If You Leave Me Now” was the #1 song in both the U.S. and Britain.
After a successful run with the group, mutual musical differences led to a parting of the ways. Cetera then realized a life-long ambition and launched his career as a solo artist. He won immense popularity and critical praise with his debut solo album, Solitude/Solitaire, which has the unmistakable sound and romantic intensity he has been polishing his entire career.
Cetera has just released his fourth album, One Clear Voice, and the first single, “Forever Tonight,” is skyrocketing up the charts. The single features Cetera with Crystal Bernard of NBC’s hit series “Wings.” Other highlights include pairings with country star Ronna Reeves and “The Lucky Ones,” which features the background vocals of his daughter Claire.
Don’t miss The American Festival Chorus & Orchestra with special guest, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera at the Sun Valley Pavilion Friday, July 2 at 8pm. Tickets on sale now at: