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Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights music series nominated for top outdoor concert series by USA Today

Partner Release from Vail Valley Foundation


Vail, Colo., April 12, 2024 – As part of USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards, Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights music series has been nominated for the top outdoor concert series, and they are asking readers to pick the ten best! An expert panel nominated 20 of the top outdoor concert series events nationwide, and now readers will vote for the top ten. Readers can vote once per day for their favorite at until voting ends on May 13 at noon ET. USA Today will announce the ten winners on May 22.

Experts selected the local favorite music series partly because it is free, and you can “bring a picnic and some chairs or blankets and enjoy live bands against the alpine backdrop.”

Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights music series features eight concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater from June 10 to September 10, 2024, ranging from eclectic funk, alt-country, modern folk, R&B, and rock. Hot Summer Nights free concerts are operated by the Vail Valley Foundation and made possible through the support of Moe’s Original BBQ, the Town of Vail, and all our venue partners.


About the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

Each summer, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail plays host to various 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 Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights series. In addition, local chorale and community events 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. Learn more at

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. From early childhood to college and career, YouthPower365 provides programs to help youth reach their full potential and support youth and families every step of the way. 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 Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, the Vail Dance Festival, and the Moe’s Original BBQ 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 150 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: Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, GMC, GoPro, Nature Valley, Constellation Brands, CELSIUS, TINCUP Mountain Whiskey, and Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate.

To learn more about the Vail Valley Foundation, visit


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Kristen Petitt Stewart

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