Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real play free show in Vail Tuesday

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VAIL — After taking a two-week hiatus during the Vail International Dance Festival, the Hot Summer Nights free concert series returns Tuesday. At 6:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real returns to the stage.

An American rock group based out of California, the band consists of Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson, and a band of acclaimed musicians. Nelson first picked up the guitar at age 11 and taught himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs.


Now at age 25, he is building his following by touring year-round and delivering high-energy performances to fans across the country.

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have performed over 400 shows in the past three years and have played with the likes of Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King and Bob Dylan.


People who attend the Hot Summer Nights concerts at the Ford Amphitheater 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. prior to each concert. Hot Summer Nights will continue through Aug. 26, with all shows free to the public and with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m.


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.

The 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 non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, as are legless lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Bikes, skateboards and dogs are prohibited at the amphitheater. A concession area with a full grill and bar service is available.

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

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