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Vail Valley Foundation announces new End of Summer Community Celebration, Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights schedule

Vail, Colo., May 28, 2021 — The Vail Valley Foundation today announced a special End of Summer Community Celebration Sept. 9, 2021, as well as the full lineup for the Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights free concert series, all to take place at the organization’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

“The Vail Valley Foundation’s End of Summer Community Celebration on September 9, 2021, will be an opportunity for Eagle County to gather after what we expect will be a very vibrant summer,” said Mike Imhof, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “It is a time for us to acknowledge, with respect and reverence, the challenges all of us have faced during the pandemic, and that so many still face today. It is also a time to celebrate the tenacity, resilience, creativity, and collaborative spirit of this amazing community which has allowed us to now be in a much better place.”

“This event is our community’s opportunity to honor and thank the heroes of our Valley, from our healthcare team and first responders to our County and Town Governments, teachers, hospitality workers and the countless others who did their jobs with grace and courage under difficult circumstances,” Imhof said.

The concert event will feature three groups of local musicians gracing the stage:

  • O.V.E – Legends of Vail Eclectic, led by Brent Gordon
  • Root Souls Ensemble, led by Terry Armistead and Jena Skinner
  • Jambush, led by Johnny Schleper and Jake Wolf

The End of Summer Community Celebration is a project of the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation with underwriting support from the Town of Vail & Donna Giordano.  Additional underwriting opportunities are available. Contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 970.777.2015 to learn more.

Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights

In addition to the new End of Summer Community Celebration, the Vail Valley Foundation also today announced the schedule for the popular Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights free concert series on select Tuesdays throughout the summer. The Vail Valley Foundation’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (The Amp) in Vail will once again be the place to be on Tuesdays this summer with the annual Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights free concerts serving as a community gathering place centered around live music at the welcoming outdoor setting of The Amp.

All Hot Summer Nights concerts start at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. at The Amp in Vail. In addition to music, attendees can picnic and relax on the lawn during the concerts or take advantage of the Gore Creek Concessions available (see venue policies HERE). The Amp also offers a full-service bar as well as grab-and-go snacks for the whole family.

From the reggae of The Wailers to the bluegrass of Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn and his Super Jam band, the Hot Summer Nights lineup has something for everyone and is an opportunity to hear one of your favorites or enjoy some new sounds.

As the weather gets warmer, here’s a look at the concerts coming to Vail as part of the Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights free concert series on select Tuesdays starting in June.

Learn more about the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at

June 22: The High Hawks

In May, Americana-bluegrass-jam collective The High Hawks released the band’s second single, “Singing a Mountain Song,” featuring members of Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, Great American Taxi, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and more. Together, The High Hawks have over 150 years of touring experience that will help the band kick off the Hot Summer Nights series with a memorable first show of the summer. The Amp will surely be a great place to sing their mountain songs.

June 29: Donavon Frankenreiter

For nearly four decades, Donavon Frankenreiter has been travelling the globe – first as a professional surfer and now as a musician. Born in Southern California, he spent most of his youth chasing waves, turning pro at the age of 16. These days, Frankenreiter is creating waves with his laid-back grooves, philosophical lyrics and soulful delivery. Frankenreiter has performed in Vail before and brings his “Free” spirit back at the end of June.

July 6: Ghost of Paul Revere

The Boston Globe describes Ghost of Paul Revere as the “Maine-grown, foot-stompin’ holler-folk quartet creating the type of music for which festivals are made.” Made up of Max Davis (vocals, banjo), Sean McCarthy (vocals, bass) and Griffin Sherry (vocals, guitar), Ghost of Paul Revere examines life’s ebbs and flows through a dynamic distillation of folk, bluegrass, rock and alternative. The band invites listeners to empathize as they holler along. “We always just wanted to be strong community members who create an excuse for people to come together, process and share emotions,” Davis says on the band’s website. The band’s performance at Hot Summer Nights is just that, a reason for people to come together at The Amp in Vail.

July 20: Pink Talking Fish

Pink Talking Fish combines three of the world’s most beloved bands creating a hybrid tribute fusion act that is a special treat for fans of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish fuses together material to create an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd comes together with the funky, danceable layerings of Talking Heads as well as the uniqueness and fun of Phish. The band is formed by musicians who love the music of these three acts and is designed to heighten people’s passion for the music in a fresh and exciting way.

Aug. 17: Turkuaz

Brooklyn-based nine-piece Turkuaz have lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo to Red Rocks. Balancing male and female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements and interminable grooves, the spirit of Turkuaz comes through in its larger-than-life performances. “[Turkuaz] delivers horn-filled funk incorporating elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock and just about any genre that gets people dancing,” The New Yorker writes. Whether seated on the lawn of The Amp or under the pavilion, there will be plenty of room to dance when Turkuaz takes the stage in Vail for Hot Summer Nights.

Aug. 24: 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 – including multiple performances in Vail over the years. 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 this August concert.

Aug. 31: Andy Thorn Super Jam

Leftover Salmon banjoist Andy Thorn is a fan favorite in the Vail Valley and will return to close out Hot Summer Nights on Aug. 31. Since being drafted from the Emmitt-Nershi Band to join Leftover Salmon, Thorn continues to carry the band to new heights. Thorn first began playing the banjo at age 12. Catch Thorn and some of his friends performing mountain music in the mountain setting of The Amp to close out the 2021 Hot Summer Nights series.


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 with a mission to enhance the quality of life in the Vail Valley and showcase our community to a global audience 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, Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights and Alpine Bank 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 to learn more.

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