The MAPS Institute of Trendy Music, a mentoring program for rising native musicians, is internet hosting the primary Vail Youth Music Showcase this Saturday from 3:30-6 p.m. in Solaris Plaza.

Fourteen younger musicians from the state of Colorado have been chosen to attend a day-long occasion that options mentoring workshops led by trade professionals and culminates with a free public efficiency for every of the chosen musicians. The occasion was created by the Mr. Nameless Philanthropic Society, or MAPS, a neighborhood nonprofit based by the house owners of Shakedown Bar to assist up-and-coming Colorado musicians ages 10 to twenty get their begin within the music trade.

The younger artists will likely be taught by profession musicians who will share their information on efficiency suggestions and trade know-how, in addition to tapping the scholars right into a broader community {of professional} artists. The mentors will even take part within the musical workshops and rehearsals to organize the scholars for the reside present within the afternoon.



Scott Rednor, the inventive director for MAPS and proprietor of Shakedown Bar, mentioned that the MAPS Institute of Trendy Music obtained dozens of purposes from across the state, and that there’s an abundance of native expertise to [groom] in Colorado. 

“We’re very impressed with the expertise we noticed on the submission movies for the Showcase,” Rednor mentioned. “These children are already displaying nice promise and we are able to’t wait to share some trade know-how to assist them every push their artistry onward and upward.”



5 of the fourteen chosen musicians are based mostly proper right here in Eagle County, and are taking among the first main steps of their skilled careers this weekend. Every artist will carry out two songs on the inaugural Vail Youth Music Showcase on Saturday, and the present will likely be a fantastic alternative to assist native expertise and expertise the subsequent era of musicians within the valley.

Meet the Eagle County musicians

Isaac Silvers (Avon)

Isaac Silvers is a 14-year-old vocalist with a various vary of musical pursuits and influences. His efficiency background is primarily in musical theater, and he mentioned that he has been drawn to the stage since he was a toddler.



Silvers moved to the valley from San Francisco final 12 months, the place he discovered a singing coach on the Vail Performing Arts Academy and acquired concerned within the theater program at Vail Mountain Faculty. By MAPS and different native applications, he sees a chance to take his singing profession to the subsequent degree.

“In San Francisco, I used to be a part of a number of after-school theater applications and beloved singing, however it wasn’t till I moved to Vail this final 12 months that I noticed that my ardour may develop into the route of my life,” Silvers mentioned. “I began working tougher to get higher roles and have become extra targeted.”

Isaac Silvers is a vocalist who has primarily carried out in musical theater.
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The Vail Music Showcase would be the first time that Silvers has the chance to carry out with a band as an alternative of a theater group, and to study from professionals within the discipline. He has chosen songs by Ed Sheeran and Vance Pleasure to carry out on the showcase.

“What the MAPS Youth Music Showcase is doing for youths within the valley is big,” Silvers mentioned. “I believe you’ll discover that there are some actually gifted children right here which can be simply as fascinated about music and theater as snowboarding and sports activities — they only want the assist of the group to carry out their abilities.”

Bushes Don’t Transfer (Eagle)

Bushes Don’t Transfer is a five-piece band that includes Ben Suttor on lead vocals, Christian Dent on lead guitar, Cooper Filmore on rhythm guitar, Micah Robinson on bass guitar, and Jax Leija on drums.

The band fashioned in 2017, and has performed gigs all through the valley, constructing as much as latest performances on the Eagle Block Social gathering and Gypsum Flight Days. 

Bushes Don’t Lie has carried out in gigs all through the valley, together with the Eagle Block Social gathering.
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“Bushes Don’t Transfer wouldn’t be what it’s immediately with out the assist of the folks and locations that we all know and love,” the band mentioned. “The venues giving a few children with devices an opportunity, the family and friends who inspired us to play extra, and the native musicians who revered us as friends have all been enormous components of our journey as a band.”

The band is most closely influenced by ska and punk of the ’90s and 2000s, in addition to by pioneering grunge and traditional rock acts. They hope to file an unique album and are grateful to the showcase for offering a brand new platform for them to proceed their development.

“Writing, recording, and releasing extra unique music is the primary aim, taking part in extra across the state, constructing an viewers as we go,” the band mentioned. “We’ve already garnered a humble following, and are happy with what we’ve performed up to now. We sit up for conserving it up.”

To study extra concerning the band and upcoming gigs, observe them on Instagram @timber.dont.transfer.

Izzy Thomas (Eagle)

Izzy Thomas is vocalist and an upcoming freshman in highschool. She started performing within the sixth grade when she was solid because the lead in her faculty musical, and has been discovering new methods to develop her expertise ever since. 

Final winter, Thomas was chosen for a mentorship program supported by Chris Anthony’s Youth Initiative Mission, which culminated in her performing the nationwide anthem for the premiere of his newest documentary, “Mission Mt. Mangart.”

Thomas mentioned her aim is to extend her publicity as an artist with the intention to entice extra singing alternatives, within the valley and past.

Izzy Thompson sings the nationwide anthem for the premiere of “Mission Mt. Mangart.”
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“My aim as a growing artist is to get my title on the market and achieve connections with individuals who may help me now and sooner or later,” Thomas mentioned. “Simply by singing at native hockey video games I’ve seen and have been notified of singing contests or issues which can be singing-related. I’m completely happy I get to start out right here on this valley due to all of the supportive folks and the understanding that I’m a younger singer who’s certain to make errors.”

Thomas is impressed by singer-songwriters like Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo and Ed Sheeran, and needs to study to play guitar with the intention to carry out their music and write her personal songs. She hopes that MAPS will assist her to achieve this talent set and appears ahead to assembly different artists within the valley which can be her age.

Rennick Williams (Eagle-Vail)

Rennick Williams is a scholar at Battle Mountain Excessive Faculty who performs guitar and bass guitar. He likes to play rock music and is closely influenced by rock legends like Pink Floyd, Speaking Heads, Bruce Springsteen, and the Purple Scorching Chili Peppers.

Williams mentioned he began taking part in the guitar and bass two years in the past, however the Vail Youth Music Showcase will likely be his first reside efficiency. He goals to be knowledgeable musician and will likely be specializing in growing as a reside performer this weekend.

Rennick Williams performs guitar and bass and is an aspiring rock artist.
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“I hope to realize much more insights and study from Scott and others the right way to produce and carry out reside music,” Williams mentioned. “The truth that so many gifted musicians in my hometown need to assist me succeed is what makes dwelling in Vail so particular.”

Jake Beau (Eagle/Boulder)

Jake Beau is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from Eagle who’s at present learning at CU Boulder. Beau has been acting at Pearl Avenue Mall in Boulder for the previous 12 months and a half, and constructing a rising following on TikTok by way of reside streamed performances.

Whereas he’s used to performing for digital listeners, this will likely be one in every of Beau’s first reside gigs. 

“My greatest targets proper now are to construct a community of different artists, creatives, and other people within the trade, in addition to to start out performing reside extra typically to develop my fan base organically,” Beau mentioned. “I believe this showcase is totally good for each of those, and I’m so grateful and humbled I’ve been provided the chance.”

Jake Beau is from Avon and at present learning and performing in Boulder.
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Beau has collaborated with different artists within the valley earlier than, together with Max Clark, a producer based mostly in Gypsum, who he recommends to any native artists searching for studio and manufacturing engineer within the valley.

His greatest musical influences are Pink Floyd, Cage the Elephant, Jack Johnson, The Strokes, Dominic Fike and Kendrick Lamar. 

Beau has launched music on a number of streaming platforms, and hyperlinks to his content material may be discovered on his web site, linktr.ee/jakebeauofficial.

The MAPS Institute provides music classes, instrument drives, mentoring and efficiency alternatives on a year-round foundation, led by the MAPS roster of pop and rock artists. For extra details about upcoming alternatives, or to donate to MAPS, go to GoMapsMusic.org.