Dillon Amphitheater: The Perfect Setup for the Perfect Lineup

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With open-air, lakeside music on Friday and Saturday nights, some of the best views on the continent, and a sunset that more often than not runs Technicolor, the Dillon Amphitheater has earned its place as a jewel among the West’s music venues. 

And the price is as right as it gets — as in free. 

You want more? We have fewer mosquitoes at 9,107 feet.

Beginning June 18 and running through Sept. 10, there are sounds to slake almost any musical thirst — from spot-on Allman Brothers and Pink Floyd tribute bands at each end of the season, to bluegrass, reggae, blues, disco, jazz and decades upon decades of rock.

Or, Shall We Dance?
And if the music truly moves you, you’ve got Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from June 14 through Aug. 31 to sharpen your step. 

During this time frame, the Amphitheater offers 6 p.m. swing/tango/cha-cha instruction followed by open dancing on Tuesdays. The classes are free, with the open dance portion taking donations for a different nonprofit each week.

On Wednesdays, it’s the same timeline for country-western dancing. Start at 6 p.m. with a little how-to, then dance the evening away in those new Tony Lamas.

Beer Is Good
Plan to start out your concert season on Saturday, June 18, with the annual Pug Ryan’s Lake Dillon Brew Festival at Marina Park and the Amphitheater. 

The Colorado Brewers Guild Tasting runs from 1-5 p.m. Expect a high-quality, delightful and varied representation from our local breweries, joined by 25 or so other Colorado brewing companies whose mission is to create and share the finest elixirs known to humankind. Unlimited tasting: $35.

As blasphemous as it may sound, it’s not 100 percent about the beer. Great food and vendors will also grace the waterfront, in addition to lots of free musical goods. As it goes: Come for the festival, stay for the music.

The day’s musical repertoire begins at 2 p.m. with Down to Funk, followed by the Dewey Paul Band from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and winding up with a 7 p.m. set from Live at the Fillmore, a tribute band that delivers on the glory years of the Allman Brothers.  

If more beer and music are required, know that Pug Ryan’s is hosting the after-party in downtown Dillon, featuring a little bit more of the Dewey Paul Band.

Our Concert Series
A few words about our concerts: You may want to bring a picnic blanket for grass seating. Be sure to bring a jacket or extra blanket for when the mountain air starts to cool. And sorry — no outside alcohol or dogs allowed.

The good news: We’ve got plenty of food and drink at the waterfront, from the Tiki Bar to food trucks and the Amphitheater concession.

We’re still nailing down the details of the summer lineup, but know that the free Friday and Saturday night Summer Concert Series shows start at 7 p.m. each night beginning June 24. 

For starters, if you like West Coast bluegrass — or what some call “California’s own acoustic music” — be at the Amphitheater the evening of Saturday, June 25, for Hot Buttered Rum. You may have heard the fivesome on eTown.

July 1–2
Teleporting you to back the inaugural days of MTV, New Sensation brings classic stadium rock anthems to the Amphitheater on Friday, July 1. Prepare to see a mullet or two as this Colorado band lays down the fabulousness of the ’80s in high octane.

On Saturday evening, The Nacho Men will blend onstage goofiness into an all-ages rock and roll show (including swing and disco) that spans four decades. 

July 8–9
Friday evening: With a repertoire inspired by indigenous struggles, Eastern philosophy and stories of hope, Bonfire Dub plays a deep blend of roots music with reggae, folk and dub.

Endorsed by former Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra as the “country band that plays the bar at the end of the world,” Slim Cessna’s Auto Club concocts an artful and eerily cool country/psychobilly/gospel mix Saturday evening.

July 16
Celebrating the King of Pop, Who’s Bad nails Michael Jackson’s high-energy catalog on Saturday night.

July 22–23
Known to play saws and pump organs and to back their songs with crickets and squeaking porch doors, alt/folk act Parsonsfield mingles a rock spirit with sweet and sentimental bluegrass influences on Friday evening. 

On Saturday evening, I Draw Slow brings a blend of traditional Irish music and modern Americana. If old-time Appalachian music indeed has Celtic folk roots, this group of five plays the evidence.

July 29–30
America’s top Eagles tribute band, The Long Run takes the stage Friday night with a delightfully convincing journey back to the 1970s.

The Freddy Jones Band has pumped out hits such as “In A Daydream” and “Take the Time.” The Amphitheater hosts the long-running roots rockers Saturday evening.

Aug. 12
The Samples make a return to the Amphitheater Saturday night with their enduring jam-pop sounds. Westword named “America” the Best Comeback Album of 2015.

Aug. 13
Join Pato Banton and the Now Generation Saturday evening with charismatic reggae/roots that’ll get you on your feet with an emphasis on positive vibrations.

Aug. 19
Hailed as one of the most exciting live acts on the road today, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are musical beacons of the Southwest fueled by witty and insightful lyrics, crunching guitar riffs, a dynamic rhythm section and tequila

Aug. 20
Set Saturday evening aside for the Stanley Jordan Trio. Jordan’s acclaimed guitar work takes jazz/jazz fusion to another place altogether. Don’t entirely blame the elevation if you’re left a bit breathless here.

Aug. 26
Are you ready to revisit the ’80s? Specializing in new wave hits, the Six Million Dollar Band channels the energy Friday evening the way you remember (or should learn) it. 

Aug. 27
After a year off The Machine returns to Dillon!!

THE MACHINE, America’s top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 25 year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out theaters, large clubs and casinos across North and Central America, Europe and Asia

Sept. 2
Featuring dual MCs as well as a full band, Flobots are a progressive rap group from Denver, CO, with a political conscience, musical chops, and a powerful live show.

Sept. 3
Raised on Bible Hymns by her preacher father, Dead Horses front woman Sarah Vos' backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. But despite their youth, the Milwaukee-based Americana trio has crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk as it is by the classics. Vos' gospel, living free and unapologetically, is supported with conviction by Peter Raboin on mandolin and guitar, and Daniel Wolff on double bass

Stick around after the show for our End of the Summer Fireworks show, it's gonna be awesome!!.

Sept. 4
Join us for the final installment of Movies on the Water as we show the Disney remake of The Jungle Book. The movie will begin when the lighting is just right for a perfect even in Dillon which we suspect will be between 8 and 8:15.

And come on down early as HawkQuest will host an interactive q & a sponsored by the Cub Scouts, Alpine Bank and Summit Ford from 6:30-7:30pm. Many cool birds will be on hand.

Sept. 9
Friday night brings a blend of rock, bluegrass and alt-country to the stage with the John Truscelli Band. If you’re from elsewhere, check out this Summit County staple.

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