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Summer Concerts in Vail 2022
AMP SUMMER CONCERTS,2022
The summer-long concert series at Vail’s Gerald. R. Ford Amphitheater returns in 2022 with more headliner concerts (in collaboration with AEG Presents) from a variety of genres including rock, pop, country, bluegrass, comedy, and more. There’s no better place to see these concerts than the natural, outdoor Ford “Amp”, set under the stars, surrounded by the mountains of Vail. Get up close and personal with covered reserved seating, or spread out with General Admission lawn seating. Just make sure you grab a ticket to these not to miss shows and secure your lodging today!
Trey Anastasio Band – May 21
Over the past three decades, composer/guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio has forged a multi-faceted career, winning acclaim in rock, classical and theatrical circles. He is a founding member of Phish, one of today’s most successful and innovative rock bands. Since 1998, Trey Anastasio has toured and recorded with several backup musicians, including several side-projects organized and led by the guitarist and composer. While active, his bands did not have a name. Fans commonly referred to them as Trey Anastasio Band, or TAB for short. Through its brief history, Trey Anastasio’s band continued to add members, starting as a trio and ending as a octet. The current lineup features drummer Russ Lawton, and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, percussionist Cyro Baptista, augmented by a full horn section, including trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman, multi-instrumentalist James Casey, and longtime TAB trumpeter/vocalist Jennifer Hartswick.
Jake Owen – May 29
Multiple chart-topping singer/songwriter Jake Owen’s new single “Made For You” is rapidly climbing the Billboard Country Airplay charts. With eight #1 songs to his name, “Made For You” follows Owen’s fastest-rising career #1 single, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” and most recent #1 single, “Homemade.” Owen’s songs have resonated with listeners and audiences everywhere with multiple accolades and award-winning songs. Signed to Big Loud Records, Owen is reunited with award-winning Joey Moi, who helped produce his breakout Barefoot Blue Jean Night album, which landed at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and garnered four consecutive #1 hits. Owen is gearing up to join Moi once again to record his seventh studio album.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Tour – June 1 & 2
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is an American rock band formed in 2013 that mainly covers the music of the Grateful Dead. The band played their first show in January, 2013 at the Brooklyn Bowl. In addition to drummer Joe Russo, the band also includes Ween‘s bassist Dave Dreiwitz, keyboardist Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger on guitar and vocals, and Tom Hamilton of Brothers Past and American Babies on guitar and vocals.
Michael Franti & Spearhead – June 3
Michael Franti is a globally recognized musician, humanitarian, activist, and award-winning filmmaker revered for his high-energy live shows, inspiring music, devotion to health and wellness, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism. Throughout his multi-decade career, Franti has earned three Billboard No. 1’s with triumphantly hopeful hits “Sound of Sunshine,” “Say Hey (I Love You)” and “I Got You,” as well as six Top 30 Hot AC singles, nine Top 25 AAA Singles and three Billboard Top 5 Rock Albums. “ In January 2019, Franti released his self-directed documentary Stay Human, which won an array of awards at film festivals worldwide and influenced his writing for his album Stay Human Vol. II. Deemed a “groundbreaking musician” by Entrepreneur, Franti launched a virtual event revolution in June 2020 with his Stay-At-Home Concert World Tour, a creation prompted by his first summer in 33 years in which he wasn’t on the road due to the global pandemic, performing for over 50,000 fans worldwide with seven uniquely themed virtual livestreams.
Umphrey’s McGee – June 19
The volume of chatter grows, the temperature rises, and the buzz in the room grows palpable. A flicker, then darkness as the house lights descend—the anticipation, the excitement that an entire crowd is about to experience something unknown, together. It’s a feeling fans of Umphrey’s McGee chase night after night, and the feeling of these shared experiences has been sorely missed. Beginning in April 2020, the band took to their own respective home studios to tackle the task of capturing their show-opening energy to tape. The result is “ultra-thematic” and “modern movie score-like” according to Cinninger. “Like the intense part of your dream sequence, this is the music that goes behind it,” he says. Overall, YOU WALKED UP SHAKING IN YOUR BOOTS BUT STOOD TALL AND LEFT A RAGING BULL feels like an all-out music nerd masterclass, the soundtrack for an unreleased Ridley Scott epic, and the inspiring force behind an all-time high score on Cruis’n USA or an impossibly difficult level of DOOM 2—an album designed to put the wheels in motion, to get up and get after it, whatever it may be.
Primus – A Tribute to Kings – August 12 & 13
Primus is characterized by its irreverent, quirky approach to music distinguished by Les Claypool’s bass-first songwriting style and eccentric lyrical themes. In 2021, Primus headed out on “A Tribute to Kings” Tour, paying homage to one of rock’s most celebrated and enduring bands, Rush. Rush has had a heavy influence on Claypool and their album “A Farewell to Kings” was the first Rush record he ever heard. It also contains his favorite Rush tune, “Cygnus X-1.” Primus will play Rush’s album in its entirety on August 12 and 13 at The Amp!
Amos Lee with the Colorado Symphony and Danielle Ponder – August 14
With his laid-back vocal delivery and earthy acoustic sound, Amos Lee emerged in the mid-2000s, balancing his love of classic singer/songwriter folk with blues, country, and ’70s-style R&B. Drawing upon an array of influences including Bob Dylan, Bill Withers, John Prine, and Otis Redding, Lee garnered critical praise — and chart success — including a number one album on the Billboard 200. Amos will be accompanied by the Colorado Symphony for a one-of-a-kind show in Vail.
Maren Morris with The Lone Bellow – August 16
Armed with sheer talent, honest lyrics and a completely magnetic presence, Nashville singer/songwriter Maren Morris has quickly established herself with vocal stylings that reflect her country, folk and pop influences.
Fitz & The Tanstrums and Andy Grammer – The Wrong Party Tour – August 17
Multi-platinum artists Fitz and The Tantrums have quickly grown from independent upstarts to bonafide hitmakers. The LA-based band recently released their much-anticipated, fourth full length album “ALL THE FEELS.” The band has brought the infectious energy of their live shows to the small screen, with nationally televised performances of “HandClap” on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” “Good Morning America,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” among others. Multiplatinum troubadour Andy Grammer continues to engage, energize, and empower audiences with stomping stadium-size pop anthems meant to be shared at full volume. His observations and affirmations pick you back up when you need it, affirm your potential, and encourage you to keep going. His catalog consists of numerous bona fide hits, including the quadruple-platinum “Honey, I’m Good,” platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me,” “Don’t Give Up On Me,” “Fresh Eyes,” “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” and gold single “I Found You.”
Mark your calendar for these not to miss shows!
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GoPro Mountain Games Mountains of Music – June 9-11
The 2022 GoPro Mountain Games once again features incredible headliner concerts as part of the Mountains of Music concert series. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, the iconic Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail will host ticketed, headliner performances including Twiddle, Warren Haynes & Grace Potter, and The Wailers featuring Julian Marley. Plus, free day time music sets will liven the vibe in Mountain House Gear Town, Golden Peak and Dog Town each day.
Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights| Select Tuesdays, June 21– August 3(note: Aug. 18th show is a Thursday)
Hot Summer Nights has been a longstanding Vail tradition for 20+ years and a favorite Tuesday night scene for locals and visitors alike. This free concert series brings popular bands from today and yesterday to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Bring a picnic (food is also available for purchase), grab a beverage (wine, beer, and cocktails available for purchase), spread out a blanket, and enjoy a music-filled evening.
Pop-Up Concerts & Live Music | All summer | FREE
Many of Vail’s favorite local musicians bring their music to the streets of Vail with pop-up performances throughout Vail Village and Lionshead. Be surprised and delighted as you happen upon these high-energy outdoor performances this summer!
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