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Gospel and R&B Artist Liz Vice To Perform at The Wheeler Opera House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       October 12, 2016


Contact:        Gena Buhler                                                                                               Craig Boleman

       970-920-5790                                                                                            972-717-5181

       Gena[email protected]                                                             [email protected]




Aspen, CO (October 12, 2016): Solo R&B, gospel and soul heroine Liz Vice will play the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the On the Rise series which features new, up-and-coming musical artists. Vice is recognizable for her single “Empty Me Out,” which garnered her acclaim from news outlets such as NPR and NBC News, as well as for her unorthodox approach to her own music. In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Emma Wilkinson, Vice explained that “these songs remind me that life doesn’t revolve around me. These songs, these truths, save me from myself, my doubt.” Single tickets are $25 and are available now at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (970.920.5770/ aspenshowtix.com). Wheeler Wins pricing is available. The Wheeler Opera House is located at 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO.

 Liz Vice’s career began in 2015 in Portland, Oregon, with the release of her first studio album, “There’s a Light,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and No. 12 on the R&B Albums chart. With a love of storytelling, Vice has worked behind the scenes in the film and video industry, as well as behind the mic at live events. Her dynamic, soulful vocals are combined with lyrics that are classically influenced enough to feel timeless and reference her deep-rooted spirituality.

 “She’s stunning and beautiful and her voice just echoes all of these really cool differences of what an R&B singer can really bring to the table,” says Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler. “I think we’re so used to a pop sound and a blues sound, but you get Liz and she brings a different thing to the table. For me, it’s just so good because you want to listen to the words, but then there’s the harmonies and how it blends with her band, everything else really comes together in the perfect package.”

As a young girl, Liz Vice was the middle of five children raised by her mother and would hide out in the basement dancing and lip syncing to songs on the radio and soundtracks from her favorite movies. At the age of 19, Vice’s health declined and spent three and a half years on hemodialysis. After a kidney transplant in December 2005, Vice used her music and storytelling as a form of recovery.

Vice has performed onstage with many other recording artists, including Eric Early of Blitzen Trapper, Josh White (Telecast), Josh Garrels, Tunde Baiyewu (Lighthouse Family), Luz Mendoza (Y La Bamba), Eshon Burgundy (Humble Beast). She has been featured in such Portland events as the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Soundcheck, Soul’d Out Music Festival, Siren Nation Music Festival, Music on Main Street, and has opened for such artists as Cody Chesnutt and Saint Paul and The Broken Bones.

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Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue and has become the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, and more. In recent years, the Wheeler has been a leader in producing exceptional festivals in Aspen, celebrating the comedy arts, global issues, and the craft of songwriting.

4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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