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The Wailers kick off this year’s Hot Summer Nights

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

Special to the DailyMusicians have come and gone, but The Wailers will always be know as the backing band of legendary artist Bob Marley.

VAIL ” Vail Valley residents and guests will be musically transported to the island of Jamaica Tuesday evening as reggae legends The Wailers kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of the Hot Summer Nights free concert series at the Ford Amphitheater.

“This summer’s Bud Light Hot Summer Nights series will be a very special one for all of us,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “Hot Summer Nights was one of the very first events the Ford Amphitheater ever hosted back in 1987 and now, it is definitely one of the cornerstone events of the Vail Valley summer.”

Formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963, the Wailers rose to international stardom as the backup band for the legendary Bob Marley, encountering numerous lineup changes through the years, but continuing to hold court at the top of the reggae field.

The Wailers Band performed in 2006 as part of 311’s Summer Unity tour along with Pepper. Their Current lineup includes: Junior Marvin on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Al Anderson on Lead Guitar, Aston “Family Man” Barrett on Bass, Keith Sterling on Keys, Drummie Zeb on Drums and Marcia Griffiths (aka Wailers Sister) on background vocals.

With groundbreaking hits like “Stir It Up,” “Trenchtown Rock” and “Get Up, Stand Up,” The Wailers have had a pivotal role in shaping the history of reggae and have remained a force on the music scene for over four decades.

Lakota Guides presents this week’s Hot Summer Nights free concert and the Bud Light Post Party is hosted at The Club. The gates of the Ford Amphitheater will open at 5:30 p.m. and The Wailers will hit the stage at 6:30 p.m.