Pilaseca comes to Ford Amphitheater in Vail for Hot Summer Nights
Hot Summer Nights schedule
• June 21 — Pilaseca: Funky, Latin sound hailing from Vail’s sister city, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
• June 28 — 40oz to Freedom: Sublime tribute band.
• July 5 — Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: Instrumental rock-groove experience.
• July 12 — Soul Asylum: Jamming since 1981; 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 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.
• Aug. 16 — Devon Allman Band: Combination of Southern blues and rock; must-see for any fan of The Allman Brothers.
• Aug. 23 — The Motet: World-class Colorado improvisational funk band, with a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show starts at 6:30 p.m. All shows take place at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Visit http://www.vvf.org to learn more.
VAIL — Almanacs say summer begins June 20 at 4:34 p.m., but people in Vail know summer truly begins when two things happen: the GoPro Mountain Games get underway and the Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights concert series begins at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
Hot Summer Nights opened Tuesday, June 14, with rock band Cracker, only days after Stephen Marley, of the legendary Marley family, filled the Ford Amphitheater to capacity as part of the GoPro Mountains of Music.
Today, the Hot Summer Nights free summer concert series welcomes Pilaseca for the second show in the nine-part lineup.
“Vail has always had a wonderful relationship with our friends down in Mexico,” said Tom Boyd, of the Vail Valley Foundation. “This week’s band, Piloseca, is a musical symbol of that relationship, not only in their amazing Latin sound but also because they hail from Vail’s sister city, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.”
Pilaseca is a Latin rock-funk-rhythm band with grooves reminiscent of Ozomatli and hints of Santana. Flavors of salsa and cumbia mix with hip-hop and disco to create a one-of-a-kind sound.
“The social scene is always phenomenal at these events,” Boyd said. “The sun is going down over the Rockies, families are spreading out blankets on the lawn, there’s some cold Crazy Mountain Brewery on hand, and it’s overall one of the best scenes in all the Colorado summer.”
Free beer for a year
Along with live tunes, there’s another reason to attend the Hot Summer Nights concert series: the chance to score free beer for an entire year.
Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. will award one person a free pint of beer a day for an entire year, redeemable at the Edwards taproom and the new Denver location, 471 Kalamath St. 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, on Aug. 23.
Also, watch the Vail Daily for a story on the Bonfire Brewery 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 Vail Village parking structure, with overflow parking at the Lionshead Village 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 Village parking structure, in front of the Vail Village Information Center and at Ford Park.
Once inside the concert venue, picnics with commercially sealed nonalcoholic beverages are permitted, as are legless lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Bikes, skateboards and dogs are prohibited at the amphitheater.
For more information, visit http://www.vvf.org or follow Vail Free Concerts on Facebook.
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