Plan your Summit County weekend: Copper Mountain serves up jazz, wine and burgers
This weekend Copper Mountain Resort hosts two overlapping festivals: The Colorado Burger Summit and Genuine Jazz and Wine. This year marks the 33rd annual Genuine Jazz and Wine Festival at Copper. The public is invited to enjoy smooth and fusion jazz from nationally recognized artists in the jazz scene. What goes best with jazz? Wine, of course! There will be over 10 white and over 10 red wines, including various kinds of malbec, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet, moscato, riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and blends. Wine sampling will take place Friday, Aug. 18, from 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. Ten tastings of 1.5 ounces are $24 and 20 tastings of 1.5 ounces are $42, both include a commemorative glass. Tilt your glass, give it a good swirl and sniff your wine’s sweet aromas while listening to jazz. This year’s artists include Keiko Matsui, Paul Taylor, Joey Sommerville, Ronnie Laws, Alex Bugnon and Jackiem Joyner. During the festival there will be gourmet grab-and-go appetizers, which include jumbo shrimp cocktail dishes, cheese boards, pimento cheese spreads, bruchetta, salads and signature grilled sandwiches. There is also a brunch buffet on Sunday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at $25 per person and includes an omelet station, breakfast meats, waffles, fruit, mimosas, coffee and juices.
Let’s not forget about Copper’s other big event this weekend, the Colorado Burger Summit, which includes restaurants from all over the state. These top Colorado restaurants are battling to win the title of “Best Burger.” The public is invited to sample burgers and cast votes for the best tasting patty. The winner not only receives the Golden Ticket, but will be sent to compete in the nationally televised World Food Championships for the World’s Best Burger. During the Burger Summit, catch live music from Hampton Entertainment DJ, Never Mind the 90’s and Randall McKinnon. For more information, visit CopperColorado.com.
Local Brew Fest
Beer plus live music equals a great day. This Saturday, Aug. 19, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will host a Local Brew Festival, including breweries from around the state. There will be craft beer from Crooked Stave, Great Divide, Upslope, O’Dell and Outer Range. Beer tastings will commence at 11 a.m. and will be open until 2:30 p.m. in Mountain Goat Plaza. Beer mugs are $25, and festivalgoers can register at the Guest Services office. Oakhurst, a Denver-based band that brings to life their stories through acoustic music. The band spikes traditional bluegrass with rock ‘n’ roll. They put on a danceable show with string instruments, wonderful harmonies and jam sessions. They have been voted four years in a row as the best band in multiple categories, including best bluegrass band. They tour extensively throughout Colorado and the country, having performed in 33 states and 13 countries across Europe and the Caribbean. Their show is not to miss. Dogs are welcome at this event, as long as they are kept on a leash. Chairlift rides are free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and food from A-Basin’s own taco truck will be available all afternoon.
BIFA CLOSES OUT
Sunday is the last day of Breckenridge’s International Festival of Arts, so if you haven’t seen all that it has to offer, you’ve got one more weekend to catch it. The festival includes indoors and outdoor concerts, visual art, spectacle, contemporary circus, environmental installations, workshops, talks, tours and more. Los Trompos exhibit, or “the spinning tops,” is a joyful art installation inspired by the popular children’s toy, this exhibit includes five large-scale sculptures on display in the Arts District. Contemplative Environments is a mixed-media exhibition that brings the outdoors in, creating a space to contemplate the fragility of our environment and how it resonates with our consciousness. Ephemeral Pathways is a photo-based collage inspired by the Rocky Mountains, on display at the Breckenridge Theater this month. Tree-o, three musicians on cello, violin and mandolin, will perform a series of concerts held in the forest, high among the pine trees. Catch them playing live music up in the trees. If you’re a fan of spectacle, check out Craig Walsh’s light displays that are projected onto trees. These moving images are transformed into sculptural portraits ontop of immediate surroundings. Find Walsh’s exhibit in the Blue River Plaza and Riverwalk Center Lawn in downtown Breckenridge. Capture glimpses of Birdmen, by Close-Act Theatre, which features large, illuminated pterodactyl-like creatures that will roam around Blue River Plaza and the streets of downtown Breckenridge. These stilt-walkers are outfitted as birds and will be accompanied by PerQ — choreographed drumming percussionists — during some performances. Driftwood by Casus Circus is an internationally recognized Australian company that travels worldwide showcasing their acrobatics and aerial stunts. They will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend. To see a full list of the performances taking place for the close-out of BIFA, visit BreckCreate.org.
Dave Pietro is a saxophonist, composer and music educator. He lives in New York City and travels extensively as a soloist, bandleader and sideman. Highly in demand, he performs at jazz clubs, festivals, schools and concert halls all over the world. This Friday, Aug. 18, he will perform in Breckenridge at Sauce on the Maggie at 7 p.m. Keyboardist Jeff Jenkins, bassist Bijoux Barbosa and drummer Paul Romaine will accompany Pietro. These talented musicians can be seen for $20. There will be a silent auction and cash bar. The proceeds will benefit Mountain Top Children’s Museum. For more information, call 970-453-7878.
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