Bonnie MacPherson, pr@okemo.com 802-380-6187 Okemo Mountain Resort

LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort kicks off summer with the return of the Jackson Gore Summer Music Series presented by Vermont Properties and Development Inc. Named a 2015 Best Of New England Editor’s Pick by Yankee Magazine, free concerts are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. most Friday nights throughout the summer starting June 12. Local favorite, Rick Redington & The Luv will be this season’s first musical guest. Described by one music writer as a “Folk-Abilly-Rasta-Jam-Rock Band,” Rick Redington & The Luv pairs R.R.’s powerful vocals and guitar slinging efforts with hot-gypsy-bass-mama Heather Lynne and longtime band alumnus Blake Gowan on drums.

On Friday nights throughout the summer season, the lawn in the courtyard at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn is transformed into an outdoor concert venue featuring popular local and regional bands. Admission is free and the grounds open at 5 p.m. Families are welcome and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets. In case of rain, the concerts will move under cover. Dining options include fresh-from-the-grill burgers, hot dogs, and other summertime favorites, plus beer and wine is available for purchase. Full-service dining with an al fresco seating in the courtyard is offered at Jackson Gore’s Coleman Brook Tavern.

Following Rick Redington & The Luv on June 12, the summer lineup for the Jackson Gore Summer Music Series presented by Vermont Properties and Development Inc. includes: Blue Fox and the Rockin’ Daddys on June 19; Chris McKay and the ToneShifters on June 26; Studio Two – The Beatles Tribute on July 3; Blind Owl Band on July 17; The North and South Dakotas on July 24; The Chris Kleeman Band on July 31; Satin and Steel on August 14; The Tony Lee Thomas Band on August 21 and Adam Payne and 2ADAM12 on August 28.

Okemo’s Adventure Zone stays open late on Friday nights for concertgoers who like a little activity with their music. Visitors especially enjoy The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster and the Haulback Challenge Course. There’s trampoline bungee jumping, miniature golf, disc golf, a climbing pinnacle, zipline tours, Segway Personal Transport tours, and the Amp Energy Big Air Bag. Each of Okemo’s Adventure Zone features is priced individually or visitors can purchase an Adventure Zone Day Pass wristband. Special Twilight wristbands are available for purchase on Friday evenings during the Jackson Gore Summer Music Series.

In addition to the Jackson Gore Summer Music Series, Okemo will host five signature events this summer. The Resort celebrates Independence Day on July 4 with a Great American Party presented by Kelley Powersports complete with live music, an inflatable waterslide, midway games, and a hot-dog-eating contest. On July 10, Okemo welcomes the Vermont Symphony Orchestra presented by Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates Inc to the Okemo Valley. Advance tickets are available online at okemo.com. The Okemo Blueberry Fest celebrates all things blueberry on July 26. Sample more than 50 craft beers from regional brewers and a selection of great wines August. 7 through 9 as Okemo’s annual Hops in the Hills Beer and Wine Festival spans three full days. Then on October 10, Okemo’s Fall into Winter Celebration presented by Lipton Tea will feature live music, hayrides, and autumn-themed family activities as Okemo bids adieu to autumn and welcomes ski season.

For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, please visit okemo.com or call 802-228-1600. For dinner reservations at Coleman Brook Tavern, call 802-228-1435.

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