Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters coming to Vail for Whistle Pig series |

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters coming to Vail for Whistle Pig series

Vail's newest concert series Whistle Pig is filling its inaugural summer lineup as the winter winds down. With five to seven shows expected to fill the lineup, the series features headlining acts at Vail's iconic Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

Announced first by the Vail Valley Foundation was Dispatch, coming to Vail on Saturday, June 16 — think songs like "The General" and more recently "Only The Wild Ones."

Announced on Tuesday, March 6, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will perform in Vail on Tuesday, June 19. General admission tickets are $69.25 plus service charges, and reserved tickets are $123.75-$213.75 plus applicable service charges.

Plant, the former Led Zeppelin frontman, is more than 40 years into his illustrious career.

"By late this spring, we hope to have the entire lineup booked and announced," said Mike Imhof, president and CEO of VVF, putting on the Whistle Pig series with AEG Entertainment. "I think we can expect a bit of everything — some rock 'n' roll, blues, pop, country, bluegrass — those are the main genres we will be pursuing and we are also keeping an eye on artists that are multigenerational."

Whistle Pig is another name for a marmot, which have been sighted at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater grounds in Vail back to the earliest days of construction and still today.

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With the Ford Amphitheater summer schedule packed with other concert series and festivals, Whistle Pig concerts will help fill in holes around existing events.

At Plant's performance in Vail, special guest Seth Lakeman will join him. Lakeman is an English folk singer and songwriter who jams out on the fiddle and tenor guitar, among other instruments.

Plant's performance in Vail is among a tour across the country, with stops from Georgia to California.

"It was really all about the quality of music, and the fact that we were in the presence of rock royalty as the audience leapt to its feet and remained there for most of the night," writes the Toronto Sun about a recent performance.

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What: A new concert series of headliners.

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail.

When: Summer, the first concert is Dispatch on June 16; Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters on June 19; more to be announced.

More information: Visit