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Ah summertime when the living is easy and rocking.  A Vail Summer upon us and you know the saying, folks come here to ski, but stay for the music!  And what a jam packed lineup of great music it is. So get your calendars out and get ready to rock away the summer in the greatest place on earth.

Bonfire Block Party-  June 2 & 3  This beer jam in Eagle is about to set flight for a rambling two day affair. Get your glow in the dark pints in advance and get ready to fill them up with some great crafts from a local treasure Bonfire Brewing and then fill your ears with the steel pedal noodling of Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Now don’t get an attitude that they have been here before. Fresh off a tour with the Rolling Stones and a blistering new record, Randolph and his cohorts/family will set the stage on fire. Saturday’s performances feature Sam Bush and and a rare live performance from San Fran’s Tea Leaf Green.

Go Pro Mountain Games- June 8-10 What started last year with a record setting performance at the Ford Amphitheater by Stephen Marley, has now exploded to a three day musical event with few equals when it comes to free festivals.  This year, there’s also a significant love given to the power trio of local bands who will get a chance to open for some major rock talent.  Thursday night Bonfire Dub sets the stage for Austin Texas’ rocking crew White Denim, then it’s the moment I have bene waiting for years- a live performance by Moon Taxi- It will be a “Whiskey Sunset” indeed. Then Friday night, Brothers Keeper opens for a blues band in the like of Stevie Ray Vaughan- The Markus King Band setting the stage for the headliners of the evening Keller Williams, but not just any Keller Williams’ show. Rather it’s his Grateful Grass show giving a bluegrass twist on Dead classics.

Cover Rock Festival- June 23- 24 Speaking of the Rolling Stones, they and a dozen other bands with be getting the tribute treatment at Avon’s glorious Nottingham Park Stage.  The British Invasion theme will light up the two day festival with acts recreating The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Kinks and a one of a kind never to be forgotten laser light spectacular as the Machine performs Pink Floyd.

Crazy Mountain Hot Summer Nights- June 13- July 11 Hey guess what? The free street concerts return with a tremendous lineup featuring a range from bluegrass to perhaps a special performance by a super group.  The schedule starts in mid June with Winter Wondergrass standouts Dustbowl Revival followed by the New Orleans folk-blues of Hurray For The Riff Raff. Then Colorado staples the Samples (like how I did that?) take a spin on June 27th followed but what might turn out to be a special appearance by Mr. special sauce himself.  You see G. Love has teamed up with Donovan Frankenreiter for a new super group called Jamtown. Now the band is set to debut as a group on tour on July 14th- opening for Jack Johnson. Their Vail Village performance will be three days before that scheduled gig-an open date for Jack Johnson. Just saying…

Ford Amphitheater 30th Anniversary- August 18-19 The Vail Valley Foundation is pulling out all the stops to celebrate three decades of music at the famed Vail landmark.  Though Willie Nelson was not available to revisit the stage he opened in 1987, guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela will do the honors on August 18th and then it’s the 20th anniversary of the self titled debut album from the band Third Eye Blind. 3EB will be playing the album in its entirety for a fine closure on a rocking summer ahead.

Photo Led Zeppelica to appear at Cover Rock