Musical pioneers coming to Vail |

Musical pioneers coming to Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado – Summer is in full swing, and the Bud Light Hot Summer Nights free concert series heats up with the infectious Celtic rock grooves of the The Killdares. The fun kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

Tim Smith (lead vocals/drums), Matt Willis (bagpipes) and Brek Lancaster (electric guitar) first started playing music together in Texas in 1996, and over the past 14 years have developed their unique sound. Add in six-time National Fiddle Champion Roberta Rast and bass player Gavin Kelso, and The Killdares are a Celtic rock force.

Blending traditional Celtic sound, power-pop accessibility, and straight up rock ‘n’ roll, The Killdares live shows have an infectious energy; even fans of purely traditional Celtic music have embraced the band’s genre-bending sound.

“I love the idea of combining something as beautiful and melodic as a traditional fiddle or bagpipe with crunchy American rock n’ roll guitar, and having it work,” says founding member Tim Smith.

With a loyal legion of fans, The Killdares have turned their shows into must-see live music experiences. Always exploring the farthest depths of their creativity, the band continues to push the boundaries of independent rock, while bridging the gap between traditional and cutting edge.

All Hot Summer Nights free concerts get underway at 6:30 p.m., with the gates of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater opening at 5:30 p.m. Food, commercially-sealed non-alcoholic beverages and leg-less lawn chairs are permitted in the Ford Amphitheater, however dogs should be left at home.

For additional information on Bud Light Hot Summer Nights, call 888-883-VAIL(8245) or visit

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