The Motet closes Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights free concert series, Aug. 23
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What: The Motet, the final show of the 2016 Crazy Mountain Brewery’s Hot Summer Nights free concert series.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 23; doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail.
More information: Visit www.vvf.org.
VAIL — Throughout history, there has been contentious discussion regarding “the funk” and whether or not “the funk” can be faked.
The Motet is coming to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater today for the final show of the Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights free concert series to resolve the debate once and for all: The funk cannot be faked.
“It begins with the bass guitar, as it should be for all music of quality,” said Tom Boyd, spokesperson for the Vail Valley Foundation and former five-string bass player. “Good funk builds up from the rhythm section, adding layer upon layer of groove, until the listening audience has no choice but to fall into the beat and begin to dance. We expect this same pattern will unfold when the funk comes to town once again on Tuesday.”
The Motet, whose inspiring, rain-soaked 2015 Red Rocks performance has become a thing of local folklore, is seeing a resurgence of success with its new album “Totem,” available on iTunes or at http://www.themotet.com. In a fresh spin on old-school funk, the 12 original tracks on “Totem” showcase the soulful vocals of new lead singer Lyle Divinsky, who joined the band in early 2016.
The Motet will put an upbeat exclamation point on the Vail Valley Foundation’s free concert series. The finale event also marks the conclusion of Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.’s free beer for a year contest. Raffle entries have been accepted at each Hot Summer Nights event throughout the summer, and at The Motet concert, one winner will walk away with a free pint of beer a day for an entire year, redeemable at either the Crazy Mountain Edwards taproom or the new Denver location at 471 Kalamath St.
The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is located east of Golden Peak at Ford Park in Vail. Concert attendees are asked to park at the Vail Village parking structure, with overflow parking at the Lionshead Village parking structure. 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 Village parking structure, in front of the Vail Village Information Center and at Ford Park.
Once inside the concert venue, picnics with commercially sealed nonalcoholic beverages are permitted, as are legless lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Bikes, skateboards and dogs are prohibited at the amphitheater.
For more information, visit http://www.vvf.org or follow Vail Free Concerts on Facebook.
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