Fall Line Kitchen & Cocktails in Vail Village adds a new option to Bridge Street’s nightlife scene. From now until the end of the ski season, resident DJ Rein Tahk will play original house music sets every Friday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., along with other electronic and dance artists who will perform on Saturday evening.
The new lineup is led by Fall Line Assistant Manager and Events Coordinator Hayley Banks, who is thrilled to support the emergence of younger music trends in Vail.
“Part of these Friday and Saturday DJ nights is just bringing the fun back to Vail and providing something for the younger crowd,” Banks said. “I grew up in South Florida, and they have such a great nightlife, and I really think the industry folks in Vail kind of need this outing at the end of a long week. . They can come in and just have a place to let loose and dance, and that’s what we’re trying to create here, as well as give those more upscale customers something different to look forward to for a late night scene .
The basis of this new musical offering is the addition of an in-house DJ residency, which this season will be occupied by Los Angeles-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Rein Tahk. Tahk, born as Granger Whitelaw, has come to the Vail Valley throughout his life and is no stranger to the Bridge Street scenes.
“My mom would leave me with Phil Long on stage at the Red Lion and go for a run,” Tahk said. “I grew up playing guitar at the Red Lion and him letting me play a few songs and being a fan of Dave Tucker’s music. I have always enjoyed this aspect of performance and intend to incorporate it into my set.
Tahk has been a full-time producer in Los Angeles for four years and recently studied at the Icon Collective music school. He specializes in house and EDM music and creates sets meant to get people moving and dancing.
“I tend to increase my energy, more and more, so eventually we hit 128, or sometimes even 130, BPM (beats per minute) and walk into a tech house,” Tahk said. “I tend to focus on raising the energy. I work with the crowd, I see what’s going on, I pay attention.
With a week between each show, he also has the possibility of adapting his decorations to the appetite of the public.
“People come to me and tell me what they want to hear, so I take their ideas,” Tahk said. “I will go home that week and do some remixes so I can come back and give them what they want, but with my own vision.”
Audience members can also expect to hear a number of original compositions that will bring the cutting edge of emerging house music to Vail.
“I bring new content to every show, and a lot of stuff that’s unreleased so people can’t hear it until it’s aired around the world,” Tahk said. “Not just my own stuff, but some of the artists I’m close with who are on the rise.”
Banks said bringing Tahk in for a DJ residency lays the groundwork for introducing more dance, house and electronic music artists to Fall Line and Vail in general.
“He’s really trying to create a music culture in Vail with house music and all the local DJs, and that’s my exact intention as well,” Banks said. “I try to get all the DJs I hire together to create more music, almost following in Austin Gavlak’s footsteps with Powabunga.”
In addition to Tahk’s weekly shows, Fall Line has a number of artists lined up for the month of February. On Saturday, February 5, DLMT and Ryan Shepherd perform at Fall Line as the second leg of their Back2Back National Tour. Together, the two have racked up over 80 million streams on Spotify and topped national dance charts with their recent releases.
The following Saturday, DJ Chris Cauldron – who performed at the Powabunga Music Festival in December – will return to Vail to play Fall Line. The last week of February, DJ Cold Case and Casey Alberth will perform on Friday February 25th and Tahk will play this Saturday.
Banks said Fall Line is working to book more artists over the course of the season and will continue to support the emerging electronic music scene in the Valley.
“I think it’s stagnating a bit, the music scene here, and I just think there’s going to be a flurry of new music coming to Vail in general,” Banks said. “It’s exciting.”
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