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Music Venue: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

Heather Hower
Best of Vail
People gather for Lucas Nelson, who opened for Rodrigo y Gabriela during the first night of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater's 30th Anniversary celebration through the Vail Valley Foundation Friday in Vail. The amphitheater opened 30-years-ago with Lucas' father, Willie, who crisend the stage. Third Eye Blind performs today to conclude the concert series.
Chris Dillmann | cdillmann@vaild

1. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
2. Vilar Performing Arts Center
3. Shakedown Bar

The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater opened in 1987 and quickly became a favorite place to be immersed in cultural offerings from music to dance and beyond.

“For anyone who has visited the Ford Amphitheater in summer, it’s clear this place plays a special role in our community, not just for the amazing concerts and diversity of dance and the performing arts, but as a community center when the people of our town need a place to gather,” says Tom Boyd, director of public relations and communications for the Vail Valley Foundation, which manages and operates the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

Friends and families flock to the amphitheater — everyone seems to have their own favorite spot to sit, whether it’s high up on the lawn or right in the front under the covered pavilion. Because, really, there’s not a bad seat to be had.

“You’ve got the Gore Range to the east, Vail Mountain to the west, and incredible flowers and amenities inside. Taken together, I think we have an argument that this is the most beautiful venue in the Rockies,” Boyd said.

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