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Vail’s Bravo! has lots of ticket options

Jonny Stevens
Bravo! Backstage
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – In the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival’s ticketing office we have a little poem by an unknown author on the wall:

“Oh charity becomes less sweet,

When someone’s irked about his or her seat.

We’d like to mention it’s a task,

To place you people where you ask.

We’d praise the day when some inventor,

Would plan a theater all dead center;

In short, a room so well designed,

There’s none in front and none behind.”

While I’m fairly sure that no one has found such a mythical venue, Bravo! is extremely lucky to have been hosting performances by the likes of the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra all at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the past 23 years.

This summer marks my sixth season working for Bravo! in the ticketing department. My boss is also my mom. After three summers as dressing up as the Bravo! mascot – Billy Bravo – my mom decided it was time to put me to work, and I started selling tickets.

During my first year, Nancy Stevens, my mom and Bravo’s ticketing manager, took the ticketing staff to the amphitheater to get a better idea of seat locations at the amphitheater. The first comment one of my co-workers said was, “Well, I don’t understand. There isn’t a bad seat here.” And she was right!

My job is not only sell tickets but to make sure you have the best experience possible at a Bravo! How could your experience be any better? Read on, and I’ll tell you.

• Come into the office! Bravo! is now located in West Vail above First Bank. You can purchase your tickets with us, face-to-face. Come see the “ticketing boys” and we will help you get the best available seats!

• Can’t make it to the office during business hours? No worries! Early birds and night owls have the convenience of ordering online at, but remember there is a $6 order fee on Internet orders.

• Request to put your tickets at will call – it’s not only easy and convenient, but you don’t have to worry about losing your tickets, and it gives us a chance to see all your faces. Please only send one person in your party to the will call window and don’t forget to bring your photo I.D.

• If you have a large group attending a performance, call Nancy and ask about group rates. Enjoy a night of music with your party for a discounted price!

• Buy a pass. 2010 marks the first year that Bravo’s season lawn pass, dubbed the Green Pass, will include pass holders’ pictures! Ticketing is accepting pictures via e-mail, or you can stop by the office and get your picture taken. We’re getting pretty handy with the camera, and it’s nice to visit with our customers!

• Don’t forget to say thanks! Bravo! is a nonprofit organization and we rely heavily on the volunteers. Please remember that our wonderful ushers are volunteering their time to help you, and are doing everything solely out of their passion for the music festival.

• If there is an unexpected emergency and you are unable to use your tickets, someone else might be interested in your seats. If you call and release your tickets, Bravo! will issue you a tax-deductible donation receipt, and your tickets won’t go to waste!

I grew up in Vail and I can’t imagine a summer without Bravo or Vail without Bravo. They go hand-in-hand and it’s truly something special. Make Bravo your special summer tradition — see you at the show!

Jonny Stevens works in the ticketing department of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

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