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Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater to open July 11 with new Movie Night at The Amp

Capacity will be limited according to public health order guidelines, and guests will be asked to follow new venue protocols

The Shakedown Bar Family Band will play the Hot Summer Nights concert on July 21 at the Ford Amphitheater. Scott Rednor (left) played the Vilar Performing Arts Center's Ghost Light Sessions earlier this summer.
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The Vail Valley Foundation on Tuesday announced plans for a July 11 opening of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Capacity for summer events will be limited according to public health order guidelines, and guests will be asked to follow new venue protocols.

The first event on the summer calendar is a screening of “Trolls World Tour” to kick off a new Saturday evening cinema series called Movie Night at The Amp. Movies will be screened on the venue’s 23-by-9-foot video screen, with accompanying audio through the venue’s extensive speaker system. Organizers will add additional movie selections and dates in late July.

“The movies will be crystal clear, even in the daytime,” said Tom Boyd, director of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the Vail Valley Foundation, in a release.

The amphitheater is also bringing back the Hot Summer Nights free concert series, starting July 14 with Andrew McConathy and the Drunken Hearts. Additional bands will be announced throughout the summer and organizers hope to keep the series going into late August. Attendees will have to reserve free tickets online to attend.

Bravo! Vail also announced today that it will host a reimagined season at the amphitheater starting July 16. More information and Bravo! tickets can be found at bravovail.org.

Other programs planned for this summer include popular community events like art classes from Alpine Arts Center, Betty Ford Alpine Garden’s “Chefs in the Garden.” More events and schedules will be announced soon.

New safety protocols and COVID-19 policies

The Ford Amphitheater has instituted new safety protocols, including increased cleaning and disinfecting, touchless entry, limited capacity within the venue, and face-covering policies.

The venue bag policy has changed as well: Only clear bags will be allowed in order to help maintain touchless entry. Guests may bring commercially-sealed, non-alcoholic beverages and food, blankets, and low-profile folding chairs with less than 5-inch-long legs, among other items. The Amp will not be renting chairs this season.

Face coverings will be required to enter and must be worn in common areas of the venue, but may be removed once a guest or family group is properly seated and socially distanced. Maximum family group size is eight. The venue typically holds up to 2,600 spectators. With a max capacity of 175-ticketed visitors per side, there will be ample room to properly social distance within the outdoor venue.

For more on the venue’s updated protocols and policies, please visit grfavail.com/covid19-policy.

Current schedule

This schedule reflects events currently scheduled at the amphitheater. Check grfavail.org/calendar for updated schedules as more events are announced.

“Trolls World Tour,” July 11, 6:30 p.m.

Movie Night at The Amp, reserve tickets in advance

Andrew McConathay & The Drunken Hearts, July 14, 6:30 p.m.

Hot Summer Nights, reserve free tickets in advance

Bravo! Vail: July 16, 7 p.m.

Mozart: Quartet No. 1 for Piano, Violin and Cello in G minor, K. 478

Brahms: Sextet No. 1 for Two Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos in B-flat Major, Op. 18

“Remember the Titans,” July 18, 6:30 p.m.

Movie Night at The Amp, reserve tickets in advance

Shakedown Bar Family Band, July 21, 6:30 p.m.

Hot Summer Nights, reserve free tickets in advance

Bravo! Vail: July 23, 7 p.m.

Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2, “Quinten”

Bacewicz: Quartet (1949)

Dohnányi: Quintet No. 1 for Two Violins, Viola, Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 1

“Accomplice,” July 25, 6:30 p.m.

Movie Night at The Amp featuring Teton Gravity Research’s latest mountain biking movie, reserve tickets in advance

Grant Farm, July 28, 6:30 p.m.

Hot Summer Nights, reserve free tickets in advance

Bravo! Vail: July 27, 11 a.m.

The Complete Beethoven Violin & Piano Sonatas, 1/3

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3

Bravo! Vail: July 28, 11 a.m.

The Complete Beethoven Violin & Piano Sonatas, 2/3

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring”

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Bravo! Vail: July 29, 11 a.m.

The Complete Beethoven Violin & Piano Sonatas, 3/3

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96

Bravo! Vail: July 30, 7 p.m.

Schubert: Sonata for Viola and Piano in A minor, D. 821, “Arpeggione”

Barber: Adagio for String Quartet

Mendelssohn: Octet for Four Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos in E-flat Major, Op. 20

Bravo! Vail: August 6, 7 p.m.

Schubert: Marche Militaire in D Major for Piano, Four Hands, D. 733, No. 1

Schubert: Fantasy in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, D. 934

Brahms: Sonata in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 34b

Ticket policies

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Movie Night at The Amp, and showtimes are at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at grfavail.com for “Trolls World Tour” and “Remember the Titans.” Capacity in the 2,600-seat venue currently will be limited to 175 for Movie Nights, with lawn seating only. Future Movie Nights at The Amp tickets will go on sale, online, 10 days in advance of the show at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

For Hot Summer Nights, the venue will be divided into two sections, with each side limited to a capacity of 175. Each section will be general admission, have its own entrance, exit, restrooms and concessions, and will have lawn and pavilion seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ticketholders will be asked to maintain social distancing protocols while in their seats.

Free tickets are available online at grfavail.com for Andrew McConathy and the Drunken Hearts. Tickets will be available at 11 a.m. 10 days in advance of future Hot Summer Nights shows. Tickets are free and are general admission, but must be reserved online. When reserving a ticket, guests will have the option to include a suggested donation to the “Turn Up The Amp” matching fund.

Food and drink

Concessions will be available, and the revised selection of alcohol and snacks will most likely not include the grill. Guests are still allowed to bring in their own food. A limited number of concession windows will be open based on capacity.

Support the arts and ‘Turn Up The Amp’

The opening of The Amp will coincide with the launch of a new matching fundraising campaign.

Each donation made to the “Turn Up The Amp” Fund this July and August will be multiplied due to support from a variety of venue sponsors and partners. Sponsors will individually match each donation made, up to $10,000, allowing each dollar donated to create more than five times the impact and to provide important support for programming and operations this summer at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

Participating match sponsors include: GMC, TIAA Bank, Nature Valley, Pacifico, Aperol, Epsolon Tequila, BluSky Restoration Contractors, Encore Electric, Meiomi Wine, Holy Cross Energy, Deep Eddy Vodka and Cocktail Squad.

The town of Vail additionally remains an important and valued partner and will continue its support of the VVF and the Ford Amphitheater this summer.

“We are fortunate to have the town of Vail, local and national sponsors, and a community that understands the value of the arts and of this spectacular venue,” said Dave Dressman, vice president of sponsorship and sales for the Vail Valley Foundation, which operates The Amp. “This is an incredibly difficult time for events and live entertainment, and yet it’s something that can bring much-needed joy and happiness to all of us. We thank everyone for helping support this cause in our valley.”

Individuals looking to help support the venue can make donations in any amount, at any time, or at the time of their ticket purchase, by visiting grfavail.com/donate.


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