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With rain and more rain in the forecast, locals and visitors have warm weather and free concerts to look forward to, kicking off June 18 with Freddy Jones Band – a roots rock band from Chicago and an off spring of Bob Marley – at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 6:30pm.



Tuesday, June 18                  Freddy Jones Band

Tuesday, June 25                  The Dunwells

Tuesday, July 2                    Honey Island Swamp Band

Tuesday, July 9                     The Revivalists

Tuesday, July 16                   Robert Randolph & The Family Band

Tuesday, July 23                   Hot Summer Nights & Vail International Dance

                                           Festival’s 8150 Urban Dance Challenge)

Tuesday, August 13              Robert Walter’s 20th Congress

Tuesday, August 20              Mountain Standard Time

Tuesday, August 27            Ky-Mani Marley- He is the only child of reggae legend Bob Marley with Anita Belnavis, a Jamaican table tennis champion.


Bud Light Hot Summer Nights will continue on Tuesdays through August 27, presenting a variety of free concert options, from indie rock/Americana and blue grass, to funky jazz, blues and reggae. New this year, the Vail Valley Foundation will also feature “Hot Summer Happy Hour,” offering food and drink specials at the amphitheater from 5:30-6:30pm before the concert kicks off.


The Vail Valley Foundation is celebrating more than 25 years of free concerts in the Valley this year.  All shows in the Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town lineups are free to the public, with doors opening at 5:30 pm and concerts starting at 6:30pm.


“Free concerts are one of our favorite summer pastimes and ways of celebrating our community here in the Vail Valley,” said Jennifer Mason, Director of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. “We can’t wait to open our doors for the Summer 2013 season.”


The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is located east of Golden Peak at Ford Park in Vail. Concert attendees are asked to park at the main Vail Village parking structure, with overflow parking at the Lionshead parking structure. For added convenience, the free Town of Vail shuttles will run extended routes past Golden Peak from 5:30-9:30pm, with a drop off at the soccer field near the Ford Amphitheater. Additionally, a special Village-to-Village express bus will run from 4-9:30pm with stops at the east entrance of the Lionshead parking structure, in front of the Vail Village Information Center and at Ford Park.


Once inside the concert venue, picnics with commercially-sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, as are legless lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas. Bikes, skateboards and dogs are prohibited at the Amphitheater. A concession area with a full grill and bar service is available.