Hot Summer Nights kick off June 14 |

Hot Summer Nights kick off June 14

Daily staff report
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during the Hot Summer Nights concert series with music beginning at 6:30 p.m.
John-Ryan Lockman, ShowLove Media | Special to the Daily |

Hot Summer Nights concert series schedule:

June 14: Cracker — Fueling teen angst with the mixed sounds of rock, punk, grunge, blues and folk since 1991.

June 21: Pilaseca — Hailing from Vail’s sister city, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Pilaseca’s funky Latin sound is one of a kind.

June 28: 40 oz to Freedom — Energetic sets that are the perfect show for any Sublime fan.

July 5: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe — A one-of-a-kind instrumental groove experience.

July 12: Soul Asylum — Jamming since 1981, Soul Asylum is likely the American rock soundtrack of your college years.

July 19: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds — Brooklyn, New York-based seven-piece soul-rock band led by big-voiced frontwoman, Arleigh Kincheloe.

July 26: 8150 Urban Dance Challenge — Colorado’s best hip-hop crews and B-boys compete for prize money and a chance to perform during the Vail International Dance Festival’s Dance TV during this annual event.

Aug. 16: Devon Allman Band — The sweetest combination of southern blues and rock. A must see for any fan of The Allman Brothers.

Aug. 23: The Motet — World-class improvisational funk band originating from Colorado, with a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties wherever they go.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; shows start at 6:30 p.m. All shows take place at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Visit to learn more.

VAIL — Perhaps one of the most beloved, longstanding summer traditions returns to Vail on Tuesday, when the Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights free concert series kicks off.

The Vail Valley Foundation has been putting on the free shows to the delight of music lovers for more than 25 years. This year, eight concerts are on tap, plus the 8150 Urban Dance Challenge, a show to get crowds ready for the Vail International Dance Festival, returning July 30 through Aug. 13.

Alt-rock band Cracker kicks off this season’s concert series. Fans of ’90s music will likely be singing along to hit singles like “Low,” “Get Off This” and “Eurotrash Girl” during the show. Cracker celebrates 25 years this year and the band is still hard at work delivering the angst-filled alternative rock that fans love.

“We’re fired up about this year’s lineup — I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how we scored these bands, considering this is a free concert series,” said Tom Boyd, director of communications for the Vail Valley Foundation. “But the music is just the start. The social scene is great, the Crazy Mountain Brewery beer is colder than Gore Creek and the setting at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, at twilight, just takes your breath away.”

Genres for the shows range from Latin funk to soul and rock. Season highlights include a special visit from Pilaseca (June 21), a Mexican funk band from Vail’s sister city that weaves rock, Latin, soul and even electronic sounds into its sets; Soul Asylum (July 12) delivering even more ‘90s nostalgia; followed by Brooklyn, New York-based Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds delivering the tight soul/rock sets this hard soul collective is known for.

“Our music is loud, fun and it’s supposed to make you feel good,” said lead singer-songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe, of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. “That’s the goal.”


Along with great tunes, there’s another reason to attend the Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights concert series — the chance to score free beer for an entire year. You read that right — Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., which returns as the title sponsor of the event, will award one lucky sipster 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 Street.

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 concert, set for Aug. 23.

Watch the Vail Daily for a story detailing the full Bonfire Brewery’s ShowDown Town Eagle Free Concert Series Lineup, which kicks off June 30 with Kelly Pastine & the Crime Scene Band.


The Gerald R. 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 at the Lionshead parking structure.

Free town of Vail shuttles run past Golden Peak from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., with a dropoff at the soccer field near the Ford Amphitheater. Additionally, a special Village-to-Village express bus runs 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 in Ford Park, golf cart shuttle service is available. Once inside the concert venue (a non-smoking venue), picnics with commercially-sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, as are legless lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Bikes, skateboards and dogs are prohibited at the amphitheater.

To view the entire free concert series lineup, visit and follow Vail Free Concerts on Facebook. The Vail Valley Foundation produces year-round free concerts from Vail to Eagle enriching our community with various music genres from rock to country and everything in between.

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