Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Will Kick-Off Spring Back to Vail's 2010 Free Three-Night Concert Series

29 January 2010
VAIL, Colo. –Jan. 29, 2010– Formed in a refugee camp during Sierra Leone, Africa’s Civil War, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars will share their incredible story and acclaimed reggae-like sounds at Spring Back to Vail, Vail Mountain’s iconic end-of-season festival, scheduled April 12-18, 2010. The concert will be held on Friday, April 16 at Checkpoint Charlie concert venue in Vail Village. A premier viewing of the band’s award-winning documentary, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, will be shown at 7 p.m., directly prior to the band’s live performance beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Born in the midst of a violent, decade-long civil war, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have found a place of refuge through music, a sense of purpose and a source of power. The band has seen the worst that this world can offer - yet, through their unflinching spirit and joyful sound they are now sharing their message and uplifting music throughout the world.

“We are thrilled to bring such a diverse, world-class act as Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars to Vail for the end-of-season bash,” said James Deighan of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the event marketing company who produces Spring Back to Vail and books the concert line-up in conjunction with Vail Mountain. “The festival is recognized as the country’s largest spring mountain party and with the resources and unrelenting support from Vail Mountain, we have brought this event to a level no one in the industry can match. Year after year, Spring Back to Vail offers an outstanding concert lineup and wide variety of on-mountain and in-town events!”

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars debut album, Living Like A Refugee (Anti Records-2006), is one of the most acclaimed world music releases of the past few years. The band has recently performed on five different continents for hundreds of thousands of people including Hollywood Bowl, NYC Central Park Summerstage, Bonnaroo, Fuji Rock in Japan, East Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Australia to name a few. Their concert at Spring Back to Vail will be their first public performance in Colorado to date and their first concert in North America to debut songs from their second album, Rise and Shine, which will be released March 23, 2010.

It’s all part of Spring Back to Vail, April 12-18, 2010. Other performing groups include Wycelf Jean and special guest Robert Earl Keen performing on Saturday, April 17 and Guster performing on Sunday, April 18. A detailed schedule of events can be found on the Spring Back to Vail website at Spring Back to Vail 2010 is rockin’ your way thanks to Vail Mountain, Bud Light, Town of Vail, Men’s Journal, Captain Morgan, Rockstar, and Skiing Magazine and is brought to you in part by Smith Optics, Macanudo, Néve Designs, Vail Daily, KZYR The Zephyr and TV8. The Reverb Eco Village is brought to you by IZSTYLE and Reverb.

For guests wishing to attend for the weekend or the entire week of Spring Back to Vail, there are terrific lodging values to be had. Hotel rates start as low as $99 per night with no restrictions. For guests looking for a ski and stay package, Vail’s legendary Ski Free, Stay Free package is better than ever. With the purchase of two nights lodging and lift tickets, guests can receive the third night’s stay and day’s lift ticket free. Two-night package prices start at $112 per person, based on double occupancy in a standard room. Both offers can be booked by calling Vail Central Reservations at (800) 525-2257 or online at Other restrictions may apply.

About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resort properties of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, Heavenly Mountain Resort in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties across the United States and the Caribbean. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and the consumer website is


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