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Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will play the Spring Fever concert series at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Saturday, April 16. Blue Monkey 22 opens the show at 1 p.m., Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will follow. Free show.
Jim Eckenrode / Special to the Daily |

At the turn of every season, I find myself thinking, “I’m so excited for (insert upcoming season here), it’s my favorite time of year.” I’m sad that skiing is on the outs but can’t wait for flip flops, mountain biking, hiking and live music. I even love mud and shoulder seasons, when the county slows down, and we all have a chance to catch our breath and possibly get out of town for a few.

I’m from Missouri, where there are two, maybe three months of the year when the weather is actually desirable. Oh, there is snow in the winter, and I have fond memories of attaching our horse to a sled and having it pull us around a field, but I also remember when an ice storm knocked out power for a solid week when I was in college. Or in the summer when you put one foot out the door of your house and immediately feel like you need another shower.

So, I’m really looking forward to mud season (after the huge storm this weekend, of course). I can’t wait to ride some slush at the Basin in 50 degree weather and not have to worry about the crowds. I’m OK with the fact that I’ll have to walk my dog down the street instead of the trail because it’s too muddy. It’s the little things in life, and we are fortunate to have quite a few of those around here.


This weekend is one of the last chances to get a dose of live music before the slow season kicks into full swing. Last week, Michael Franti & Spearhead brought a huge crowd to Peak 8, and he did an amazing job of getting the entire crowd dancing. Plus, the sound system they have set up is rockin’, no matter where you are standing. This weekend, Breckenridge Ski Resort is bringing us Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real on Saturday, April 16. The son of Willie Nelson, Lukas’ music has been described as “cowboy hippie surf rock,” and the band routinely tours with Neil Young as well. When asked to elaborate on what “cowboy hippie surf rock” is, Lukas said, “I’m a cowboy, I’m a hippie, I like to surf and I love to rock.” Check out Saturday’s edition for a full feature on the band. Local band Blue Monkey 22, made up of Breckenridge ski patrollers, are opening the show at 1 p.m. Props to the resort for giving our local band a little love.

I’m particularly excited to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Sunday on Peak 8. It’s been too long since I’ve visited New Orleans, and I’m in need of a little horn-driven jazz funk in my life. The party starts at 2 p.m. with DJ DC, with the show beginning at 3 p.m.

Down the street at Copper Mountain, Sunsation will bring the dance music of Far East Movement on Saturday, and then close out the annual spring festival with Brothers Keeper on Sunday. The infamous Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest will also be a part of the closing festivities on Sunday. Check out page 13 for more about Copper’s Sunsation.

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