Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend
For those of us who get into the jam band scene, this weekend is one for the books in Summit County. There is no way to even get to all the music going on around town unless you are going to do it New Orleans Jazz Fest style — one early show, and then pop over to a late-night set as fast as a cab can take you. In Keystone, Keller Williams is returning to us once again for his fourth year in a row. The musician used to live in Steamboat for a couple years and loves the mountain-town vibe — not sure what color jacket he owns, but you can bet he will be out on the hill this weekend while he’s in town. Friday will be the “beyond bluegrass” set, as Williams describes it, with Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon, Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall from The Infamous Stringdusters, and Garrett Sayers from The Motet. Saturday will bring Keith Moseley and Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident to the stage.
On the other side of the lake, Everyone Orchestra will take the stage at The Barkley Ballroom. This show also brings in big names from the jam scene with the likes of Al Schnier from moe., Jason Hann from String Cheese Incident, Bridget Law from Elephant Revival, Eddie Roberts from The New Mastersounds, Chuck Morris from Lotus, Jay Starling from Love Canon, Sage Cook from we dream dawns, and Adrian Engfer from The Grant Farm, as well as Amanda Renee for Friday and Scott Stoughton (Bonfire Dub) on Saturday. The conductor and only EO mainstay, Matt Butler, wrangles these musicians for two entirely improvisational shows. Without a setlist, these musicians will gather onstage to perform, some of them for the first time together. EO shows are all about spontaneity — my favorite memory from an EO show was at the Arise Festival in Loveland a couple summers ago. Buter scribbles something on his whiteboard, and the musicians take off into this jam, singing about the supermoon. Everyone in the crowd turns to look behind us, and this giant moon had just snuck up behind us, completely unnoticed until the group pointed it out with song. Check out page 14 for the full feature about the band.
THE LONGEST RUN
Tonight, Rainer Hertrich is launching his new book, “The Longest Run,” at Double Diamond at Copper Mountain Resort at 4:30 p.m. Hertrich is a longtime local with plenty of stories to tell, and a lot of them will be in his book, written by Devon O’Neil. Hertrich skied 2,993 consecutive days from November 2003 to January 2012, spending winters in Copper, summers at Timberline on Mount Hood and a month or so in South America in search of all that pow.
There are some holiday-themed events to take the kids to this weekend at Keystone Resort, including the Chocolateville display in the lobby of the Lodge & Spa. This 5,000-pound chocolate display features two different levels with chocolate train cars whisking around an entire town made out of solid chocolate, along with chocolate mountains and tunnels, a chocolate waterfall, and two chocolate gondola cabins traveling up and down the 500-pound mountain.
Keysonte’s ice carvings, a winter tradition for over two decades, will be carved in three days starting Saturday, Dec. 19 and finished on Monday, Dec. 21. One of the highlights from the display will be the 30,000-pound sleigh and reindeer feature that has all nine of Santa’s reindeer and a sleigh that guests can sit in and take pictures.
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