Copper Mountain Music Festival brings a trifecta of styles to town |

Copper Mountain Music Festival brings a trifecta of styles to town

Kim Fuller
Special to the Daily
The second annual Copper Mountain Music Festival on Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 offers free music, workshops, jam sessions with fellow music enthusiasts, outdoor adventures and more.
Tripp Fay / Copper Mountain Resort |


What: Copper Mountain Music Festival

When: Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10

Where: Copper Mountain Resort

Cost: Most activities are free

More information:


Friday, July 8

4–5 p.m.: “How to Jam” Workshop with Travis Lawson (Fire Globe in Center Village)

5–6 p.m.: Free Fly Fishing Casting Clinic at West Lake Beach ( to pre-register)

5:30–7 p.m.: Aaron Burdett at the West Lake Stage

7:30–9 p.m.: Acoustic Pull - bring your instrument and jam with other musicians (Fire Globe)

Saturday, July 9

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: #gooutsideandplay Scavenger Hunt (Pavilion Lawn)

10:30 a.m.: Songwriting Workshop at Solitude Station (top of the American Eagle Lift)

12:30 p.m.: Aaron Burdett (Main Stage – Burning Stones Plaza)

3 p.m.: Balsam Range (Main Stage – Burning Stones Plaza)

3 p.m.: Elevation Outdoors Grand Prize Giveaway — over 30 prizes; must be present to win (Main Stage)

5:30 p.m.: Asleep at the Wheel (Main Stage – Burning Stones Plaza)

7:30–9 p.m.: Acoustic Pull - bring your instrument and jam with other musicians (Fire Globe)

9:30 p.m.: Fireworks over West Lake (Center Village)

Additional Saturday Activities:

10 a.m.: Delorme Guided Hike (base of the American Eagle Lift)

10 a.m.: Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Board Demos (Pavilion Lawn)

10:30 a.m.: Nature Talk (base of the American Eagle Lift)

2:30 p.m.: Crazy Creek seating section (Burning Stones Plaza)

Sunday, July 10

11 a.m.: Vocal Harmonies from Gospel Roots Workshop (West Lake Stage)

12:30 p.m.: Bonnie and The Clydes (Main Stage – Burning Stones Plaza)

3 p.m.: Dave Adkins (Main Stage – Burning Stones Plaza)

Additional Sunday Activities:

10:30 a.m.: Pedal for Pints Community Bike Ride (meet at Gravitee Sports)

12:30 p.m.: Mountain Pose Yoga (Solitude Station)

Summer is jammin’ along, and Copper has all kinds of music to accompany it this weekend, from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10. The Copper Mountain Music Festival is in its second year, and is an annual bluegrass, singer-songwriter and Americana festival.

“Last year it was a one-day festival, and we’re expanding to three days this year because the first year was such a success,” said Holly Robinson, marketing and business development manager for Copper.

The first event draw is free live music, but there’s also a lot of complimentary workshops and activities — including hiking, yoga, fireworks, a community bike ride and more — offered throughout the weekend.

Friday begins with a “How to Jam” workshop with Travis Lawson from 4-5 p.m., then a free fly casting clinic at West Lake Beach. Singer-songwriter, Aaron Burdett takes the West Lake Stage from 5:30-7 p.m. to kick off the music, and then from 7:30-9 p.m. bring an instrument and jam with other musicians around Copper’s central Fire Globe.

“The jam session is really cool — it’s one of the things we did last year that people really loved,” Robinson said. “You bring your own guitar and musical instrument, and sit around the Fire Globe, and play with everyone.”

Saturday begins with a guided hike from the base of American Eagle lift at 10 a.m., or jump right into the music with a songwriting workshop with Burdett, held at the top of the lift at Solitude Station, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

“The view from up there is inspirational by itself, so the idea is to put these songwriters up in a place that is really inspiring,” Robinson said.

Remember, everything is free, but if you want to ride the lift it requires a ticket. So, spend $12 in the village and show your receipt to redeem a free ride.

Then Sunday, check out the free Pedal for Pints community bike ride at 10 a.m., and Mountain Pose Yoga at 12:30 p.m., with music running from 11 a.m. to about 5 p.m.


Balsam Range is playing on the Main Stage at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The band has a high-energy sound with elements of jazz, country, gospel and even swing, all infused into their own version of bluegrass.

Be ready for some serious harmony with this group. Four out of five members sing lead vocals, with four different styles, all coming together for big, dynamic sound.

“They also have a lot of fun during their performance, and their humor and charisma on stage is infectious,” said Mandy Tenery, tour manager for Balsam Range. “They are just the best, most entertaining group you can find.”

Balsam Range has been putting the finishing touches on the sixth studio album, set to be released this fall.

On Sunday, check out Bonnie and The Clydes at 12:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. The five-piece Americana-country band will be playing a number of songs from their new record, “Dear Somebody” — their fourth studio album and the first one that contains all original material. The group is known for three-part harmonies featuring pedal steel and electric guitar.

Bonnie Sims, mandolin player for the band, said the festival lineup is noteworthy, with a variety of music and activities.

“I am a huge Asleep at the Wheel fan,” she said. “And the fact they are offering a lot of workshops — even fishing — makes this festival stand out.”

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