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Spring Back to Vail features STS9, Steel Pulse and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

This year's Spring Back to Vail features headliners Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, STS9 and Steel Pulse.
This year's Spring Back to Vail features headliners Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, STS9 and Steel Pulse.Vail Mountain

Vail Mountain’s Spring Back to Vail event will feature headliners Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, STS9 and Steel Pulse, wrapping up the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season at Vail. All concerts are free and open to the public.

On Friday, April 11, legendary funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist Karl Denson and his band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, will take the stage at Solaris in the heart of Vail Village. Doors open at 6 p.m.

STS9 plays on Saturday, April 12 at Ford Park, just east of Vail Village. Doors also open at 6 p.m. Since forming in Atlanta over a decade ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has risen to the forefront of the jamtronic music scene, headlining festivals such as Moogfest, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Regeneration, Lollapalooza, and Electric Forest Festival. The Polish Ambassador will open for STS9 that evening.

Steel Pulse will cap it off the following weekend with its roots reggae sounds on closing day, Sunday, April 20, also at Solaris in Vail Village. Doors open at 4 p.m. Formed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School in Birmingham, England, the group is the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for its 1985 album Babylon the Bandit and has also received Grammy nominations for Victims (1991) and Rastafari Centennial (1992). Check out local band Bonfire Dub before Steel Pulse takes the stage.

All Spring Back to Vail concerts are free of charge. Visit www.SpringBackToVail.com for more details.

The schedule of activities for Spring Back to Vail 2014 will also include the return of the sponsor expo village at the base of Gondola One, April 11-13, and at the base of Golden Peak, April 20, as well as après and after-dark parties in the Town of Vail throughout the week.

The closing day tradition of donning costumes and skimming across icy water continues as 75 participants will careen themselves off a snow jump in the hopes of coming out on the other side in the 12th annual World Pond Skimming Championships, presented by Red Bull, on Sunday, April 20.

The top male and female in the contest will each be awarded the grand prize of at 2014-2015 Vail Resorts Epic Pass. A panel of judges scores each competitor on distance, style, creativity and water resistance. The contest gets underway at 3 p.m. and the Golden Peak venue opens at 1:30 p.m. for sponsor expos and giveaways. Registration opens soon.