Partner Press Release from Vail Valley Foundation
If you go …
When: Friday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Cost: Tickets go on sale Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. and start at $59.50 for general admission lawn tickets or $99.50-$129.50 for reserved pavilion seats
More information: Visit grfavail.com/event/chicago
Vail, Colo., Feb. 13, 2023 — As a band with two Grammy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and streets dedicated in their honor, the signature sound of Chicago continues in 2023 with the iconic rock ‘n’ roll band’s 56th consecutive year of touring. Spanning nearly six decades, Chicago continues to make new music to go along with their timeless hits and the band’s live concerts serve as lively celebrations.
Chicago performs at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail on Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $59.50 for the spacious lawn or $99.50-$129.50 for reserved pavilion seats and go on sale Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. For more information, visit grfavail.com/event/chicago.
Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock ‘n’ roll era,” the legendary rock ‘n’ roll band with horns came in as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s Top 125 Artists of All Time. Chicago is also the first American rock band to chart the Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.
With hits “25 or 6 to 4,” “Beginnings,” “Make Me Smile” and countless others, Chicago more recently released their 38th studio album, “Born For This Moment,” in 2022, encapsulating the unique blend of award-winning and personal songwriting, multi-layered harmonic vocalizations and world-class arrangements that have been electrifying audiences across the globe for decades. Also in 2022, Gravitas Ventures released Chicago’s documentary, “The Last Band on Stage” – telling the story of how the 55-year-old band survived a pandemic.
Chicago received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys in 2020, celebrating the performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording. The band was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, earned two American Music Awards and are named as founding artists of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
In addition to 100,000,000 record sales, 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive No. 1 albums, 11 No. 1 singles and five Gold singles, Chicago has not missed a single year of touring since its inception. The original three band members are Robert Lamm on keyboards and vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet and vocals, and Jame Pankow on trombone. The band lineup also includes Wally Reyes Jr. on drums, Tony Obrohta on guitar, Loren Gold on keyboards and vocals, Ray Hermann on sax and flute, Neil Donell on vocals, Eric Baines on bass and Ramon “Ray” Yslas on percussion.
Don’t miss Chicago in Vail at The Amp on Friday, Aug. 11. Visit grfavail.com/event/chicago for more information. Amp Summer Concerts are co-presented by the Vail Valley Foundation and AEG Presents.
About the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Each summer, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail plays host to an array of cultural and entertainment offerings, ranging from headliner music and comedy, to internationally renowned dance and classical music presentations, courtesy of the Vail Dance Festival and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, to the free weekly concerts of the Hot Summer Nights series. In addition, local chorale and theater presentations annually grace the Amphitheater stage. The venue, named after President Gerald R. Ford and family, opened in 1987, and is operated by the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation.
About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit corporation with a mission to provide leadership in Arts, Athletics and Education, and address community needs to enhance our Valley as a place to live, work and visit.
The organization’s work in education is through YouthPower365, a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate and empower youth and families from early childhood to college and 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 Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, the Vail Dance Festival, and the Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town free concert series. The Vail Valley Foundation also manages and operates two performing arts centers, the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, providing more than 100 Broadway, dance, comedy, classical, rock, pop, jazz, community and family events per year.
Vail Valley Foundation activities and events are in part made possible by cornerstone partners: the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Nature Valley, Constellation Brands, CELSIUS Energy, TINCUP Whiskey, and Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate.
To learn more about the Vail Valley Foundation visit www.vvf.org.