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Breckenridge celebrates spring with Fourth Annual Beer Festival

RYAN NEAL
special to the daily

Lovers of beer and music, rejoice!

The Fourth Annual Breckenridge Massive Beer Festival is coming to Main Street Station Saturday. Presented by local radio station KSMT “The Mountain,” the event promises to provide locals and visitors alike with four hours of unlimited beer tasting in front of the beautiful mountain scenery of Breckenridge while enjoying free live music from Filthy Children, Fried Grease and Chuck Prophet.

The festival is one of the main attractions of the opening weekend of Breckenridge’s 10th annual end of season party, the Spring Massive Festival, which runs from April 1-18.

This year features a lineup of over 20 breweries, including local Summit County breweries like Backcountry, Breckenridge and Dillon Dam. Just $30 will score you a tasting mug that allows for unlimited beer tasting from 1-5 p.m. For $75, your mug will be upgraded to a large glass stein and also get you into the festival an hour early for some private beer tasting with the brewers. These tickets will also provide a selection of beer in the Fortune Valley Casino VIP room, an extensive catered lunch, and a spot on the private patio to watch the live music.

A frenzied fusion of funk, rock and jazz from Denver band Filthy Children will kick off the festival at 1 p.m. Colorado natives Fried Grease will follow, bringing horn-driven grooves that are funky, rocking and always unexpected.

Headlining the day’s music is prolific classic rocker Chuck Prophet, whose work on eight albums from ’80’s rock group Green On Red and 11 solo albums have earned him prominence as a songwriter, musician and producer. Prophet and his band have made appearances on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Last Call With Carson Daly,” and his songs have been featured in several films and television shows.

His latest album, “Let Freedom Ring,” which he described as, “a political album for non-political people,” was inspired by and recorded in Mexico City in 2009, during the outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic. The Village Voice has described the album as, “Born In The U.S.A. for our time.”

“Where I grew up [Whittier, Calif.,] you could shake a tree and guitar players would fall out … so you try to find new ways,” Prophet said about his classic rock sound. He describes his music as American music based on country, blues, and the AM radio hits of his childhood. His influences include all the classic rock greats like The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Clash, but he says all roads lead back to Bob Dylan for him.

The Beer Festival will be Prophet’s first visit to Breckenridge, and he says that he is most looking forward to playing a show in a totally new location.

“I like gigs in places I haven’t played before. I got into music not to get rich but for the adventure. It’s all just one adventure,” he said.

Prophet promises it will be an engaging show that is both serious and lighthearted.

“It’s rock and roll, you know? It makes people want to buy a guitar and try it themselves,” he said.

Summit County residents that attended the Beer Festival last year remember the good time and look forward to this weekend.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Corene Petlin. “Good crowds, good beer and good crowds.”

Matt Sharp remembers that some less-than-perfect weather wasn’t enough to damper 2009 Beer Festival.

“Last year it was dumping a lot of snow, and it was freezing out, but it was still a lot of fun,” he said.

After all, can weather really ruin unlimited beer tasting and free live music?


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