The Vail Valley Foundation issued the following press release on Friday on its ShowDown Town free concert series Thursday night back in Eagle Town Park:
Eagle Town Park will once again be the place to be on Thursday nights throughout the summer as the free Alpine Bank ShowDown Town concert series returns from July 1 to August 12. The series is hosted by the non-profit Vail Valley Foundation, and this year’s music lineup features an impressive variety of talented musicians.
In addition to the free concerts, locals and visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair to relax and enjoy the show, and picnics are also welcome at Eagle Town Outdoor Park. (No drinks are allowed, however, and outdoor alcohol is limited to beer and wine only.)
With American rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, Colorado bluegrass, a Led Zeppelin tribute and more on the program, ShowDown Town’s free concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays starting July 1.
Here is an overview of the ShowDown Town program:
July 1: The bride and groom on the run
The Runaway Grooms story began when frontman Adam Tobin met guitarist Zac Cialek at Employee Housing for the Local Mountains. They were soon joined by drummer Justin Bisset to form the original lineup, who all moved in together while giving concerts along the valley floor. Bassist / vocalist Zach Gilliam and keyboardist Cody Scott joined the band in 2019, creating a new Grooms sound that the band continues to evolve. The Runaway Grooms have previously played ShowDown Town and will launch the series in 2021 on July 1.
July 8: Green Buddha
Front Range Green Buddha group entertains Colorado audiences with their unique brand of “No Coast Reggae”. The reggae group ska will perform throughout Colorado before heading to Eagle Town Park for the ShowDown Town free concert series on July 8.
July 15: ten years passed
Ten Years Gone is a Colorado Led Zeppelin tribute band. Celebrating the music of the legendary Led Zeppelin, the band takes audiences back to the days when the hammer of the gods was ruled by the mighty band. Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. With songs like “Stairway to Heaven”, “Whole Lotta Love” and more, Ten Years Gone has already performed in Eagle County and will bring back the music. from Zeppelin to Eagle. Municipal park on July 15.
July 22: new family dog
New Family Dog is the latest incarnation of Jon Ridnell aiming to return to his funk and jazz roots. With Ridnell on guitar and vocals, his son Miles Ridnell on bass and vocals, Steve Saviano on drums, Paul Stadler on saxophone, and Dave Lyons on percussion, the group New Family Dog produces a lot of progressive material and will perform at ShowDown Town in July. 22.
July 29: Dixie Leadfoot
Rockabilly band Dixie Leadfoot has performed in venues, festivals and summer concerts in the Denver area and beyond since 2012. Audiences can expect success from classical artists from the 1950s to 1970s , including Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and more. Dixie Leadfoot is directed by Suzannah Harris who is joined by Jason Olson on guitar, Bob Harris on keyboard and vocals, and Oscar DeSoto on drums. Dixie Leadfoot has performed in the Valley before, most notably at Vail America Days in 2013. Dixie Leadfoot performs at Eagle on July 29th.
August 5: Steely Dead
Steely Dead creates a musical hybrid of the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan. Steely Dead is committed to the nuance of the two groups while remaining playful with jam sequences between songs, providing a unique musical mix. Steely Dead is aimed at fans of both or one of these great bands and will perform as part of ShowDown Town on August 5th.
August 12: Hardscrabble
Local band Hardscrabble closes the ShowDown Town free concert series on August 12. Formed in 2009, Hardscrabble is a Colorado bluegrass band made up of Jena Skinner on vocals and mandolin, Andy Leister on bass, Madeline Wheeler on violin, and Eric Lovgren on banjo and vocals. Hardscrabble has been featured at festivals such as the Bonfire Block Party, Yarmony Grass and WinterWonderGrass, as well as at events such as the GoPro Mountain Games and the Vail International Beer Festival. The group performs in front of a hometown crowd at ShowDown Town on August 12.
About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of life in the Vail Valley and to introduce our community to a global audience through the arts, athletics and education.
The organization’s work in education is done through YouthPower365, a 501c3 nonprofit in Colorado with a mission to provide extended learning opportunities throughout the year. that empower and educate the youth and families of Eagle County, from cradle to career. The Vail Valley Foundation also offers the Vail Valley many of its most treasured annual events, such as the GoPro Mountain Games, Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, the Vail Dance Festival and the Hot Summers. Nights and ShowDown Town free concert series. The Vail Valley Foundation also manages and operates two performing arts centers, the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, featuring over 100 Broadway, dance, comedy, classical, rock, pop , jazz, community and family events per year.
The activities and events of the Vail Valley Foundation are in part made possible by key partners: the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, GMC and TIAA Bank.
To learn more about the Vail Valley Foundation, visit www.vvf.org.
If you are going to …
What: Alpine Bank ShowDown Town free concert series, hosted by the non-profit Vail Valley Foundation
When: Thursdays from July 1 to August 12; All concerts start at 6.30 p.m. Doors open at 5.30 p.m.
Where: Eagle Town Park in Eagle, Colorado
More information: Visit www.vvf.org/showdown-town. Bring a blanket or chair to relax during the show. Picnics are welcome.