Devon Allman Band brings legacy of rock and blues to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Hot Summer Nights concert schedule
• Aug. 16 — Devon Allman Band: Combination of Southern blues and rock; must-see for any fan of The Allman Brothers.
• Aug. 23 — The Motet: World-class Colorado improvisational funk band, with a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show starts at 6:30 p.m. All shows take place at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Visit www.vvf.org to learn more.
VAIL — If Rip Van Winkle woke up in 2016 and wanted to see a blues-rock concert for the first time, the Devon Allman Band would be a good choice. Known as the standard-bearers for the Allman family’s legendary brand of music, the band comes to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater today, as part of the Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights free concert series.
“Devon’s music, and his life, have been steeped in Southern rock and blues, and this comes through in his performance,” said Jen Mason, director of operations at the Ford Amphitheater. “He’s going to create an amazing atmosphere right here in our lovely mountain venue.”
Raised in the legendary rock ’n’ roll Allman family, Devon was also born with a deep and soulful voice that, when paired with his decades of study on the guitar, makes his band one of the foremost in the genre. Producer Tom Hambridge captures this talent in Allman’s upcoming album “Ride or Die,” due out Sept. 16.
Allman, now 42, was born just a few months after the Allman Brothers Band released the iconic “Eat a Peach” album. He started learning guitar at age 13, beginning his career in Honeytrib and going on to form the blues super group Royal Southern Brotherhood with Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooten.
Free beer for a year
Along with live tunes, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., which returns as the title sponsor of the Hot Summer Nights concert series, will award one person a free pint of beer a day for an entire year, redeemable at either the Edwards taproom or the new Denver location at 471 Kalamath St. Enter the raffle at each concert (one entry per person per concert) by adding your name and a valid email address. A winner will be picked during the final show, The Motet, on Aug. 23.
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.