Jackie Greene

Vail Daily: Free Hot Summer Nights concert series continues with the Jackie Greene Band

Musicians are known for staying up late and reaching for their guitar whenever the mood strikes. But after you have a child, it’s not so easy to strum a tune every time you feel like it. For Jackie Greene, being a father to his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Luca, has hanged when, where and at what volume he plays his music.

“I had a studio in my house, and for many years that’s where I would work on stuff,” Greene said. “I could be as loud as I wanted … . But with the baby’s schedule I get up really early in the morning, I have to put headphones on — the baby is the boss.”

Born in Northern California, Greene has spent much of this life as a touring musician. Along with playing solo, Greene served as lead guitarist for the Black Crowes from 2013 to 2015. Since 2006, Greene has also played with Phil Lesh, bassist for the Grateful Dead.

As part of the Moe’s Original Bar B Que Hot Summer Nights concert series, the Jackie Greene Band will perform a free show at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail today at 6:30 p.m. Special guest Brian Spotts will open at 5 p.m.

Typically, Hot Summer Nights shows don’t have an opener, so the late addition of Spotts is a treat for the Jackie Greene show.

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