Leftover Salmon banjoist Andy Thorn is a fan favorite in the Vail Valley and will return to close Hot Summer Nights on August 31.

On Friday, the Vail Valley Foundation announced a special end-of-summer community celebration on September 9, as well as the full lineup of the Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights free concert series, all at the 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 come together after what we expect to be a very busy summer,” said Mike Imhof, President of the Vail Valley Foundation. Vail Valley Foundation. “It is time for us to recognize, with respect and reverence, the challenges that we all faced during the pandemic, and that so many still face today. It’s also a time to celebrate the tenacity, resilience, creativity and collaborative spirit of this incredible community that has made us now in a much better place.

“This event is an opportunity for our community to honor and thank the heroes of our valley, from our health care team and first responders to our county and city governments, teachers, workers in the hotel industry and the countless others who have done their job with grace and courage under difficult circumstances, ”said Imhof.



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

  • LOVE – Legends of Vail Eclectic, directed by Brent Gordon
  • Root Souls Ensemble, conducted by Terry Armistead and Jena Skinner
  • Jambosh, directed by Johnny Schleper and Jake Wolf

Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights

In addition to the new community end-of-summer celebration, the Vail Valley Foundation also announced the program for the popular Moe’s Original BBQ Hot Summer Nights free concert series on select Tuesdays throughout the summer at The Amp. All Hot Summer Nights concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m. at The Amp in Vail.



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

As the weather warms, here’s a look at upcoming concerts in Vail as part of the Free Concert Series:

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 group kick off the Hot Summer Nights series with a memorable first show of the summer.

June 29: Donavon Frankenreiter

For nearly four decades, Donavon Frankenreiter has traveled the world – first as a professional surfer and now as a musician, creating waves with his relaxed grooves, philosophical lyrics and moving performance. Frankenreiter has played Vail before and is bringing his “free” spirit back at the end of June.

July 6: Phantom of Paul Revere

The Boston Globe describes Ghost of Paul Revere as the “Maine-grown, stomping folk holler quartet, creating the kind of music festivals are held for.” Composed of Max Davis (vocals, banjo), Sean McCarthy (vocals, bass) and Griffin Sherry (vocals, guitar), Ghost of Paul Revere examines the ebbs and flows of life through a dynamic distillation of folk, bluegrass, rock and alternative. The group invites listeners to empathize as they scream. “We’ve always wanted to be strong members of the community who create an excuse for people to come together, process and share their emotions,” Davis said on the group’s website.

July 20: talking pink fish

Pink Talking Fish combines three of the world’s most beloved bands, creating a hybrid tribute fusion band that is a treat for fans of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish. Although the music for each act is different, Pink Talking Fish merges elements to create an incredible story. The epic thrill of Pink Floyd is combined with the funky and danceable layers of Talking Heads as well as the uniqueness and fun of Phish. The group is made up of musicians who love the music of these three acts and are designed to increase people’s passion for music in a fresh and exciting way.

August 17: Turkuaz

Brooklyn-based Turkuaz has lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo to Red Rocks. Balance between male and female harmonies, strutting guitars, arrangements of wild horns and endless grooves, the spirit of Turkuaz shines through in his larger-than-life performances. “[Turkuaz] features horny funk incorporating elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, afro-pop, new wave, classic rock and just about any genre that gets people dancing, ”writes The New Yorker . Whether sitting on The Amp’s lawn or under the pavilion, there will be plenty of room to dance when Turkuaz takes the stage at Vail for Hot Summer Nights.

August 24: The Wailers

Since Bob Marley’s death in 1981, the Wailers have been committed to keeping the band united, performing to audiences around the world, and bringing reggae to the world stage, including several performances at Vail over the years. Led by bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, along with original guitarist Donald Kinse, the Wailers continue to perform with zest and passion, carrying Marley’s message of love and unity through their music. Reggae fans will be delighted to hear the Wailers’ hit songs and classic jams at this August concert.

August 31: Andy Thorn Super Jam

Leftover Salmon banjoist Andy Thorn is a fan favorite in the Vail Valley and will return to close Hot Summer Nights on August 31. . Thorn started playing the banjo at the age of 12. Catch Thorn and some of his friends performed mountain music against the mountain backdrop of The Amp to close the 2021 Hot Summer Nights series.