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Soul Asylum brings big ’90s hits to Vail with free Hot Summer Nights concert

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Soul Asylum will bring hits such as “Runaway Train" and “Misery” to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater today as part of the Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights concert series.

VAIL — One of the biggest bands of the '90s will bring its classic hits to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater today as Soul Asylum takes the stage as part of Crazy Mountain Brewery's Hot Summer Nights concert series.

"Everyone knows the top songs from Soul Asylum, and it's going to be a great night for everyone who remembers these now-classic tunes," said Jen Mason, director of operations for the Vail Valley Foundation, which operates the Ford Amphitheater. "With mid-July's great weather, we're expecting a great turnout for this show."

Soul Asylum started out as a group of friends who decided to form a band and work harder than anyone else in the business, a mentality that helped them grow to national fame. The band's triple-platinum album "Grave Dancers Union" catapulted it into the limelight with the hit single "Runaway Train." This album was followed by "Let Your Dim Light Shine," featuring chart-topping hit "Misery," and now the band's most recent album, "Change of Fortune," is keeping it relevant with a new set of band members.

Led by Dave Pirner, lead singer and original member, Soul Asylum's rock tunes and live energy will light up the social scene of the Tuesday night concert series, Mason said.

"Soul Asylum's music and feel is perfect for the Crazy Mountain Brewery's Hot Summer Nights crowd," Mason said. "They'll add to the festive Colorado summer atmosphere, the beer selections, the picnics and, of course, the incredible view of our mountains."

Next week comes Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (July 19), a bluesy rock group from the Catskill Mountains, followed by the 8150 Urban Dance Challenge (July 26) the following week as a warm-up to the Vail International Dance Festival, which takes place July 30-Aug 13.

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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., which returns as the title sponsor of the event, will award one person 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 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, set for Aug. 23.

Getting there

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.

Hot Summer Nights concert schedule

• 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.