ACTIVITIES Culture in the Vail Valley

Summer Music Scene: Vail Valley

When summer rolls around in our valley, music is here and happening.
And it has energy of its own.

Come summer this entire community becomes a festival of sorts. You name it, we have it: music in every genre – all yours for the taking, whenever, wherever – from Gypsum to Vail.

The festivities begin with Brews, Blues and BBQ at Beaver Creek over Memorial Day weekend and don’t slow down until some time mid-October when the flakes begin to fall and we begin to gear up for winter. So much to do, so little time!

And that’s just beginning.

Considered by National Public Radio to be “one of the Top 10 ‘Can’t Miss’ Classical Music Festivals in the U.S.,” Bravo! Vail begins its season, on June 23, featuring Academy of St. Martin in the Fields through June 26, followed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, June 29 to July 6, the Philadelphia Orchestra, July 8 to July 16 and the New York Philharmonic, July 22 to July 29. The programs include an eclectic array of pop, jazz and classical music – with the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre, the perfect venue for this unique experience.

And let’s not forget the Hot Summer Nights every Tuesday night, also held at the amphitheatre in Vail. Then, each Thursday night the Minturn Community Fund holds a concert series at Little Beach Park, Showdown Town in Eagle and, in the heart of Lionshead, the Jazz Tent at Vail Square, presents a remarkable roster of international performers. On Friday nights, Gypsum features “Movies & Music.” And just down the road apiece, in Bond, State Bridge has a myriad of concerts in a glorious setting on the Colorado River throughout the summer. Jazz is also alive and well at the Vail Framer’s market on Sundays, culminating with the Vail Jazz Party on Labor Day weekend, that features over 30 musicians.

As well, the Vilar Performing Arts Center features a variety of musical performances throughout the summer. It’s the little venue that will and does present some of the hottest acts in the country.

You’ve probably heard from many locals the old saying, “summer’s why we live here,” which, of course, is easily understood. Cause, come summer, in addition to all the beauty around these parts, the hills are truly alive with musical sounds from classical to blues to rock n’ roll. And you won’t want to miss one note!