Get groovin’ with Big Sam’s Funky Nation in Vail Tuesday |

Get groovin’ with Big Sam’s Funky Nation in Vail Tuesday

Big Sam's Funky Nation bring its blend of urban funk, jazz and rock to the Hot Summer Nights free concert series on Tuesday, July 8 to the Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
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Tuesday: Big Sam’s Funky Nation

July 15: Hot Summer Nights & Vail International Dance Festival’s 8150 Urban Dance Challenge

July 22: March Fourth Marching Band

Aug. 12: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Aug. 19: Kyle Hollingsworth

Aug. 26: John Brown’s Body

VAIL — Big Sam’s Funky Nation takes the stage Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater as part of the Bud Light Hot Summer Nights free concert series. The group stays true to its name and promises a night full of big musical personalities, and the funkiest of funk.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation has long been a driving force of urban funk. Led by trombone powerhouse and former Dirty Dozen Brass Band trombonist Big Sam Williams, the group refuses to let the audience sit still. The five band members blend their sound masterfully to combine a rock sensibility, the improv-style associated with jazz, and the horn-heavy front section that brings in authentic electricity and the emulation of New Orleans flair.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation has been unstoppable and has played with powerhouse groups such as Dave Matthews Band, Karl Denson, Galactic, Widespread Panic and the legendary Elvis Costello.

The Grammy-nominated group has the chops to rival the funk legends before them and the crucial understanding that, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”

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Hot Summer Happy Hour

Those attending the concert series are encouraged to come early to take advantage of the Hot Summer Happy Hour, where food and beverage specials can be enjoyed from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. before each concert. Hot Summer Nights will continue through Aug. 26. All shows are free to the public with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

The Ford Amphitheater is located east of Golden Peak at Ford Park in Vail. Concert attendees are asked to park at the main Vail Village parking structure, with overflow parking located at the Lionshead 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 parking structure, in front of the Vail Village Information Center and at Ford Park.

Once inside the concert venue, picnics with commercially sealed, non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, as are legless lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Bikes, skateboards and dogs are prohibited inside the amphitheater.

For more information on Bud Light Hot Summer Nights, visit and follow Vail Free Concerts on Facebook.

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