Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk kicks off Friday, June 9 |

Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk kicks off Friday, June 9

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Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk will take place every other Friday night beginning June 9. Vendors open at 5 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m. It is free to attend.
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What: Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk.

When: Every other Friday beginning June 9.

Where: Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater, Edwards.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit

EDWARDS — Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk kicks off the summer weekends on a high note beginning at 5 p.m. today with the romping, high-energy tunes of The Burroughs. The series replaces Riverwalk First Fridays program, bringing music to Edwards every other Friday.

The homegrown, northern Colorado-based nine-piece calls its sound “sweaty soul” and fuses its self-proclaimed powerhouse rhythm section with a vibrant, four-piece horn section and unquestionably charismatic vocals delivered by front man Johnny Burroughs.

The Burroughs return to The Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater in Edwards, where they had the packed, picnic-toting crowd on its feet dancing for nearly their entire set last summer during Riverwalk First Fridays.

Fun for all ages

Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk brings a variety of regional artists to Edwards every other Friday along with local food and drink vendors, including rotisserie barbecue from Revolution, paninis and salads from eat! drink! and cocktails from 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.

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“It became clear last summer that people were hungry for live music on the lawn Friday afternoons, so we doubled our offerings,” said Vail Jazz Operations Director James Kenly. “The Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater is an ideal setting to showcase this super talented lineup of bands. The scene turns into a massive lawn party with neighbors, friends and visitors — a perfect place to make new friends. We expect it to become everybody’s go-to Friday plan twice a month.”

Following tonights summer launch, Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk continues on June 23 with New Orleans flavored Otone Brass Brand; rhythm and blues group Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr. on July 7; contemporary jazz saxophonist Nelson Rangell on July 21; the U.S. Air Force Academy Falconaires Big Band on Aug. 4; and sizzling salsa 12-piece Quemando on Aug. 18.

Alpine Arts Center will offer free arts and crafts for children and the general ambiance delivers entertainment for all ages. Vendors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m. Picnics are welcome, but no pets are allowed and the event is non-smoking.

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