VAIL — As the spring showers and mud season come to a close, locals and visitors have warm weather and free concerts to look forward to. The Bud Light Hot Summer Nights free concert series will kick off June 17 with Rusted Root — a world rock band with a knack for getting crowds on their feet — at the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m.
Hot Summer Nights will continue on Tuesdays through Aug. 26, presenting a variety of free concerts ranging from folk, Americana and bluegrass to funk, blues and authentic, big band-style entertainment. The Hot Summer Happy Hour is back again with discounted food and drink specials from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Moe’s Original ShowDown Town will kick off its summer season of free concerts on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. with Bonfire Dub — a local band that has built its reputation for playing powerful shows rich with folk and roots at venues and festivals throughout the valley and beyond. ShowDown Town performances will then continue on Thursdays throughout the summer, wrapping up after an extra show on Aug. 21.
The Vail Valley Foundation is celebrating more than 25 years of free concerts in the valley this year. All shows in the Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town lineups are free to the public, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and concerts starting at 6:30 p.m.
“Kicking off our free concert series means that summer is officially here in the Vail Valley,” said Jennifer Mason, director of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. “It’s one of our favorite events, and we can’t wait to open our doors for the summer 2014 season.”
About the Venue
The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is located east of Golden Peak at Ford Park in Vail. Concert attendees are asked to park at the main Vail Village parking structure, with overflow parking at the Lionshead parking structure. For added convenience, the free town of Vail shuttles will run extended routes past Golden Peak from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a drop off at the soccer field near the Ford Amphitheater. Additionally, a special Village-to-Village express bus will run from 4 to 9:30 p.m. with stops at the east entrance of the Lionshead parking structure, in front of the Vail Village Information Center and at Ford Park.
Once inside the concert venue, picnics with commercially-sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, as are legless lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Bikes, skateboards and dogs are prohibited at the amphitheater. A concession area with a full grill and bar service is available.
ShowDown Town Concerts take place at Eagle Town Park in Eagle and offers weekly family activities that are sure to entertain all ages. Pack a picnic or visit one of the food vendors on hand. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation’s free concert series, Like “Vail Free Concerts” on Facebook or visit www.vvf.org.