VAIL — Hot Summer Nights closes out its summer of free Tuesday night concerts with Ky-Mani Marley at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
Son of Bob Marley and table tennis champion Anita Belnavis, .Ky-mani Marley is the second youngest of Bob Marley’s 11 children and a promising talent keeping the Marley name relevant amongst the hierarchy of the reggae sound.
Remaining true to his Jamaican culture, Ky-mani’s fondness for all genres of music influences the work he creates. Ky-mani is an artist with no limits. Incorporating world music, hip hop, blues, rock and a grass roots sound into his music, the end product is the pure representation of life for Ky-mani.
The Ky-mani Marley sound is one that transcends cultural lines and prohibits him from being categorized as only a reggae artist. His raw, unadulterated, gruff sound captures the listener and reverberates the essence of Ky-mani’s life story. Songs such as “Dear Dad,” “I Pray” and “Ghetto Soldier” display the versatility and fiery-passion Ky-mani exudes when sharing his voyage through song.
In 2002, Ky-mani starred as the character Kassa in “One Love,” a film released in theaters throughout the Caribbean and Europe.
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 5:30-9:30 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 4-9:30 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.