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No VIP credentials? Not on the list? Come to The Canyons.

MATT JAMES Of the Record staff
Collective Soul played last year s Vertical Vibe concert at The Canyons. A shot from that show is shown here. Photo courtesy of The Canyons Resort.
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In some ways, the Sundance Film Festival takes the normally open, easy going and freewheeling Main Street scene and turns it into an exclusive yet far-removed eastern annex of Los Angeles.

For those looking to avoid some of that exclusivity, there are a few locations around town offering some unique entertainment. The Canyons Resort is one such place; there, this Friday and Monday night will see some shows more reminiscent of Mountain Town Stages free summer concerts than any film festival fare.

The resort will kick-off the weekend on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. with a special All Star Jam Band Concert in The Forum at The Canyons Resort Village. The event will feature a performance by a special all-star band whose members will include Tommy Lee; Jerry Cantrell, formerly of Alice in Chains, and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte.

Among the other players are band members from The Cult, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Campy Freddy, Jane’s Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, Steely Dan, Boston and Extreme. The concert was organized with help from the House of Blues.

"We have been talking about it for several weeks and, as things tend to do during Sundance, things came together at the last minute," said Katie Eldridge, spokesperson for The Canyons.

According to Eldridge, the group should appeal to a wide range of fans.

"There’s a band member for everyone," she said. "You’re going to hear songs from each of those bands."

The concert is free and open to the public. Guests simply need to park at the bottom of the Cabriolet Lift, ride it up and enjoy the show.

"This is wide-open to everyone," said Eldridge. "We want everyone to come up and [we] make it easy as possible You don’t have to be on the list. You don’t have to be a VIP."

The Canyons’ events will continue on Saturday when the resort hosts The Nick Sneak Peek, which will include a chance to see Nickelodeon characters SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick and Dora the Explorer around the resort.

From 3-6 p.m. the characters will attend the Sneak Peek event at the Grand Summit Hotel, where Nickelodeon will premier several new shows, including "Holly Hobbie" and "Skyline."

Eldridge said the event should be great for the younger crowd, but still humorous for those older Nickelodeon fans.

"It’s fun to do," she noted, "especially during the Sundance Film Festival."

The first seats at the event will be reserved for those who purchase a kids learn-to-ski or learn-to-snowboard package. The rest will be available for free. There are up to 500 tickets for the event; reservations are available through The Canyons Resort Ski and Snowboard School and Canyon Mountain Sports.

The final event of the weekend will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23; that is the third annual Vertical Vibe show, which will feature the pop-rock group Switchfoot performing in The Forum.

"This is our Vertical Vibe, and last year we got Collective Soul, and it’s a huge event," said Eldridge.

The concert drew a significant crowd last year, she noted, and this year, with a slightly younger group, she said the resort again expected a big a turnout.

"They’re a very hot band, and we want to provide that kind of energy and entertainment during Sundance," Eldridge said.

Like the rest of the shows, the Vertical Vibe will be free and open to the public.

"It’s going to be an exciting time," said Eldridge.

For more information about the events at The Canyons Resort, visit http://www.thecanyons.com or call 649-5400.


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