Vail, Colo. — It’s been a long, strange, trip for music lovers this year, but now they can have a very special destination in mind as the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation announced a new, surprise “double-feature” live show to be hosted at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Aug. 8.
Mark Levy and his “Days Between: A Jerry Garcia Tribute” band will be taking the stage for two shows Aug. 8, the first at 4:30 p.m. (gates at 4 p.m.) and the second at 7:30 p.m. (gates at 7 p.m.). The band’s all-star lineup includes Levy (Circles Round the Sun), Ross James (Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band), Todd Smallie (JJ Grey and Mofro), Scott Rednor (Brothers Keeper), Bill McKay (formerly of Leftover Salmon), and Rob Eaton Jr. (Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue), & Jake Wolf (Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue).
Tickets for the limited-capacity show are $40 plus fees and go onsale Wednesday, July 29 at 11 a.m. at grfavail.com.
“Music has provided tremendous support and joy for so many people during this difficult year, and we’re glad that we can responsibly offer this once-in-a-lifetime, intimate music experience here at the beautiful Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater,” said Tom Boyd, Director of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation.
Only 175 ticketholders per show will be allowed in the venue at a time, leaving plenty of room in the 2,600-seat venue for social distancing.
Tickets have been selling extremely quickly to all Ford Amphitheater shows in 2020, Boyd said.
“Partly that’s because there is simply huge demand for this kind of entertainment right now, but also because people have seen that, at The Amp, our new protocols allow us to host a show where everyone can feel comfortable and at ease, step away from their day-to-day worries, and focus on enjoying the music,” Boyd said.
“The feeling is one of a private show – all the same energy, audio, lights, and emotion, but with this beautiful venue almost entirely to one’s self,” Boyd said.
Learn more about the venue’s new policies at grfavail.com/covid19-policy/.
Support the arts and ‘Turn Up The Amp’
The Ford Amphitheater has also launched a new, matching, fundraising campaign. Each donation made to the “Turn Up The Amp” Fund this July and August will be multiplied due to support from a variety of venue sponsors and partners.
Participating match sponsors include: GMC, TIAA Bank, Nature Valley, Pacifico, Aperol, Espolon Tequila, BluSky Restoration Contractors, Encore Electric, Meiomi Wine, Holy Cross Energy, Deep Eddy Vodka and Cocktail Squad.
The Town of Vail has also been an important and valued partner and will continue its support of the VVF and the Ford Amphitheater this summer, Boyd said.
Learn more about the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at grfavail.com.
If you go…
What: Days Between, a Jerry Garcia Tribute
When: Aug. 8, 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; tickets on sale July 29 at 11 a.m.
Where: The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Info: grfavail.com or 970 845-TIXS (8497)
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 Valley 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 Vail Valley Foundation.
About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit 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 that empowers and educates 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 Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, the Vail Dance Festival, Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town free concert series’, and more. 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.