06/13/2019
Boombox, The Wailers, Bone Diggers and more to headline Moe’s Original Bar B Que Hot Summer Nights concert series all summer in Vail
There are few summer events that Vail Valley locals and visitors love more than the Moe’s Original Bar B Q Hot Summer Nights concert series. The event is hosted by the non-profit Vail Valley Foundation, and this year they have built a lineup that will give audiences the opportunity to enjoy a slew of new music and bigger names at an outdoor venue fit for a stellar summer concert.
 
Running select Tuesdays June 18 through Aug. 27, the Hot Summer Nights series is free to the public and held at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. In addition to the music, there are many reasons to attend a concert this year. Attendees can pack a picnic and relax on the lawn during the concert, or take advantage of Gore Creek Concessions. The Amphitheater also has a full-service bar and grab-and-go snacks. Installed last year, the new big screen display gives concertgoers a more close-up view of the stage during the show.
 
As the weather gets warmer, here are the concerts to get excited about this season for the Hot Summer Nights concert series:

June 18: Boom Box
 
Fans of the club life will be glad to hear that the Moe’s Bar-B-Que Hot Summer Nights Season gets started with something a little outside the norms as the event hosts Boombox, a chill blend of backbeat-infused dance together with soulful blues and rock. The band is renowned for encompassing audiences with their mesmerizing grooves and deep bass tracks. 
 
June 25: The Wailers
 
Since Bob Marley’s death in 1981, The Wailers have made a commitment to keep the group together, playing to audiences around the globe and bringing reggae to the world’s stage. Led by bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, along with original guitarist Donald Kinse, The Wailers continue to play with spirit and passion, spreading Marley’s message of love and unity through their music. Reggae fans will delight in hearing The Wailers’ hit songs and classic jams during their Hot Summer Nights set in June.
 
July 2: Jackie Greene Band
 
Singer-songwriter Jackie Greene was a member of several notable bands before striking out on his own, including being in the final lineup of the Black Crowes and a member of Phil Lesh and Friends. Greene’s own music is more folk and rock-influenced, showcasing his soulful voice and commanding stage presence. Greene’s latest EP, “The Modern Lives – Vol 2,” was released in 2018 and hailed by Parade magazine as “not only fantastically well-written, but also performed with a confident, exuberant energy that feels like a breath of fresh open country air.” Jackie Greene along with special guests will grace the Ford Amphitheater stage in early July.
 
July 16: Big Something
 
Big Something is a band that doesn’t fit into one music category. Mixing pop, rock, funk and jam band, the group makes music that’s fun, catchy and easy to groove to. Based in North Carolina, Big Something often delivers high-energy live shows that keep the crowd entertained.
 
Aug. 20: The California Honeydrops
As their name suggests, The California Honeydrops hail from the West Coast, but their music is more a blend of Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans’ jazz. Led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, the group sees their live shows as more of a celebration than a concert.
 
“The whole point is to erase the boundaries between the crowd and us,” Wierzynski says. “We want crowd involvement, to make people become a part of the whole thing by dancing along, singing, picking the songs and generally coming out of their shells.”
 
Aug. 27: Bone Diggers
 
Closing out the Hot Summer Nights series will be Bone Diggers, an all-star Paul Simon tribute band. Along with playing hits like “You Can Call Me Al” and “Obvious Child,” the group adds a fresh and improvised take on Simon’s catalogue.
 
Longer days in the summer means more fun in the sun and more time to socialize. The Hot Summer Nights concert series is a great way to hear some good tunes while also enjoying the outdoors. Bring family, friends and a frisbee to Moe’s Original Bar B Que Hot Summer Nights at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail starting Tuesday, June 18th!
 
About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is a 501c3 Colorado non-profit with a mission to enhance the quality of life in the Vail Valley through arts, athletics and education. The organization’s work in education is through YouthPower365, which operates as its own 501c3 with a mission to provide year-round extended learning opportunities that empower and educate the youth and families of Eagle County from cradle-to-career readiness. The Vail Valley Foundation also provides the Vail Valley with several of its most treasured annual events, such as the GoPro Mountain Games, the Birds of Prey FIS Alpine World Cup races, the Vail Dance Festival, Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town free concert series’, and the Whistle Pig Vail concert series. The Vail Valley Foundation also manages and operates the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, providing more than 100 Broadway, dance, classical, rock, pop, jazz and family events per year.
 
Vail Valley Foundation activities and events are made possible by cornerstone partners: the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, GMC, and TIAA Bank. Visit
www.vvf.org to learn more.
 
To learn more about the Vail Valley Foundation activities and events visit
www.vvf.org.
 

Contact(s)

Tom Boyd
tboyd@vvf.org
c. 970.376.3707
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