The Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam first took place on Oct. 4, 1974, in Nashville. Daniels, who has since been inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame, invited other musical stars to play with him at the War Memorial Auditorium.
Since then, the Volunteer Jam has taken place at various venues throughout the nation, with artists including Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, James Brown and the Allman Brothers.
May 24, 2014, will be the first time the Volunteer Jam has taken place at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, and Daniels will be joined by The Outlaws, BlackHawk and Craig Campbell in a concert to honor members of the military, the American Red Cross and first responders.
Complimentary tickets will be made available to members of the military, Red Cross volunteers and first responders through their organizations, according to Chuck Morris, president and CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains, which will be operating and booking Fiddler's Green in a 15-year partnership agreement with the venue owner, Museum Outdoor Arts, or MOA.
Members of the Colorado National Guard and others will enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Some general admission tickets remain for the public.
An extensive remodel of Fiddler's Green has been underway and will be enhanced in June by a living wall of plants that thrive in this climate — watered from the detention pond in adjacent Samson Park, which is also an MOA venue with a number of artworks.
Fiddler's Green has an 18,000-person seating capacity and hosts concerts throughout the summer, plus events such as graduations and operas. Among the international performing artists who have visited: the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, B.B. King, Prince, Tool, Stevie Wonder, Sting, the Who ….
Designed by architect George Hargreaves, Fiddler's Green opened in 1988 as an outdoor theater for the performing arts.
Among concerts scheduled for the coming season are Summer Jam; Colorado Symphony Orchestra: the Music of Led Zeppelin; Styx and Foreigner; Rod Stewart and Santana; Bruno Mars; Carnivores Tour: Linkin Park, 30 seconds to Mars and AFI. Updated listings are available at fiddlersgreenamp.com.
If you go:
Fiddler's Green is at 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. in Greenwood Village. The phone number is 303-220-7000. Box office hours during the season: Mondays to Fridays noon to 6 p.m. on non-show days; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on non-show days; closed Sundays if no show.
If there is a show on a Sunday, the box office will open at 10 a.m. and close about 9 p.m. Tickets: 888-929-7849, AXS.com. Tickets also are available at the Ogden and Gothic Theatre box offices, open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and event days.