Brothers Keeper closes out Sunsation at Copper Mountain Resort
IF YOU GO
When: Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17
Where: Copper Mountain Resort
Cost: Live music is free
Saturday, April 16
10:30 a.m.: Red Bull Slopesoakers contest — Competitors are encouraged to register in advance online at CopperColorado.com.
2:30 p.m.: Live music with Duelle
3:30 p.m.: Live music with Far East Movement
Sunday, April 17
1 p.m.: Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest. Registration is free, and will take place on Saturday from 2:30–4 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event kicks off promptly at 1 p.m. in Center Village.
2:30 p.m: Count TuTu
3:30 p.m.: Brothers Keeper
It’s not often that a band touts itself as having five lead singers, but the Colorado-based band Brothers Keeper does just that, bringing together a handful of accomplished musicians for a tight show full of big harmonies. A core group of three who play regularly in Vail, the cast often adds John Popper of Blues Traveler and Jono Manson and, when everyone gets together, it just clicks.
“(It’s) a rock ‘n’ roll experience like you haven’t seen in a long time,” said guitar player Scott Rednor.
Brothers Keeper, including Popper and Manson, will close out Copper Mountain Resort’s Sunsation weekend on Sunday, April 17. Count TuTu will open the show at 2:30 p.m. in Center Village, with the headliner immediately following.
FINDING THEIR GROOVE
After moving to Vail from the East Coast in 2011, Rednor grew tired of playing acoustically around town and began looking for other musicians to complete a band. After asking around, he was pointed toward Michael Jude (bass) and John Michel (drums), who were playing with John Oates from Hall and Oates. He approached the two one night at one of their acoustic gigs and said, “I hear you are the rhythm section I’m looking for.”
“They sort of looked at me with a wary eye, and I gave them my solo disc, and we had a rehearsal two days later, and we’ve been playing together ever since,” he said. “It’s really great how we are all lead singers, so the vocal thing just came together very quickly.”
The three core musicians of Brothers Keeper have all played professionally for many years with a variety of different talents. As Brothers Keeper, the trio has grown really well musically together.
“What was three guys is now one,” Rednor said. “When we are singing, we all sing around one mic, when we are recording at the same time, and it’s just spot on.”
He had toured with Popper in the ’90s and had also opened for Manson’s band High Plains Drifter. After the pair sat in with the Brothers Keeper trio for a show, the group decided they meshed so well that they continued to play together on a regular basis.
“When you speak of myself and Popper and Jono, we are like three generations of New York City bands that sort of came out,” Rednor said. “Jono was Popper’s mentor, and then Blues Traveler guys were like our mentors. So when we all got together to write the album, and play, the whole story just made sense.”
Popper and Manson collaborated with the trio on their debut album, “Todd Meadows,” which was released about a year and a half ago. The album sat at No. 2 on the jam band radio charts for four months.
“We did great, we toured all over the world in support of it — it was released in Europe as well. … It felt like it was a great debut album for the band,” Rednor said.
The trio is currently working on their second album, which they expect to have out late summer or early fall.
COLORADO MUSIC SCENE
Although the trio are all transplants to Colorado — with Rednor living in Vail and Jude and Michel based in Aspen — Rednor said the music scene in their current state is one of the best out there. He owns the Shakedown Bar in Vail Village, with a mission for supporting live music in the mountains. He is vocally passionate about creating opportunities at venues like his for mid-level musicians to have a place to play, to help them reach the top level.
“There’s a reason why I moved here,” he said. “I think that our scene in Colorado is better than anywhere in the country. The only two places I would say that rival it are maybe New Orleans or San Francisco.”
He said he moved from New Jersey because the music scene was dying out, whereas in Colorado, the scene is vibrant with not only the music being created in the state, but also because of the fans that listen to it.
“Here in Colorado, the fans come out and support music, and they love it,” he said. “And it feeds the energy of the musicians, and it creates an incredible scene. I don’t think anywhere has a scene like we have here.”
Copper Mountain will close out the season with its Sunsation festivities on April 16-17, before opening for one more weekend of skiing and riding April 22-24. The annual spring festival features a weekend of free live music as well as the RedBull Slopesoakers and Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest.
“It’s really a full weekend of celebrating the entire season,” said Morgan Whitehouse, public relations for Copper Mountain. “We just had 62 inches in March, so conditions are great, the weather is usually great and then it’s just a ton of fun.”
The weekend begins with the fifth annual RedBull Slopesoakers on Saturday, which combines traditional pond skimming with a slopestyle rail jam. The event, at 10:30 a.m., features prizes such as cash, season passes and GoPros.
On Sunday, the Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest, which debuted in 1986 at Copper, allows contestants to ski or snowboard down Lower Bouncer in their beach best or any sort of costume.
“It’s a ton of fun; it’s really quirky and different,” Whitehouse said. “So it’s really cool to check out even if you don’t necessarily want to be a part or be a contestant. … It’s really just a chance for anyone and everyone to strut their stuff and get creative.”
Season passes and other prizes will be given out to competitors with the best creativity and flare. Registration for the Slopesoakers or bikini contest can be found on CopperColorado.com.
On Sunday, High Fives Foundation will be showcasing the first annual Shred-a-Thon. This first-to-last chair skiing and snowboarding event is free to participate, but fundraising prior to the event is encouraged.
“High Fives Foundation is a nonprofit, and they work to raise money for action sports athletes who have had really any kind of injury; it’s about helping action sports athletes recover and get back to the sports they love to do,” Whitehouse said.
Registration is online at HighFivesFoundation.org.
Copper reported 62 inches in March, attributing to the extended weekend. The resort is offering $50 lift tickets for April 22-24 only, and all parking lots will be free.
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