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Guitar Town returns for a weekend of free music

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COPPER MOUNTAIN Among the legends who will convene at Copper Mountain on Saturday and Sunday are bluegrass greats Peter Rowan and Tony Rice. Their quartet will play at 4 p.m. on Saturday for free, as is all the music this weekend.In an interview on Tuesday, Rowan described how the two musicians complement each other. Im a singer and songwriter and come from a bluegrass background. Tony was one of the greatest singers in bluegrass til he lost his voice.He knows where Im coming from and hes a wonderful soloist in the bluegrass style and jazz too. We let our common roots and improvisation flow together, he said.His latest group performs with two guitars and a mandolin, without the standard banjo and fiddle. The Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet are on summer tour; their latest release Quartet has Rowan revisiting the song hes been playing over the duration of his career.One thing we try and do is to keep the music growing, further the music rather than struggle for pure entertainment, he said. Rowan said Rice has broken into new ground with the guitar. Hes really taken the guitar much farther than anybody else in terms of position and working further up the neck.Hes taken the art of soloing from different leading tones and different voicings of the chords, and created something new, something daring, Rowan said.For himself, he cited the instrument as a source of inspiration.I cradle the guitar in my arms like a baby and just kind of stroke it and bring out some tune.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

SATURDAY10 a.m. Free Guitar Town workshops featuring Jim Weiden of The Band in the Copper Conference Center.Guitar Town Main Stage Noon. Scott Goldman 12:30 p.m. Gary Lucas 1:30 p.m. Adrian Legg 2:45 p.m. John Jorgenson 4 p.m. Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet 5:15 p.m. Junior Brown 6:15 p.m. Saturday Night Street Party featuring Papa Mali at West Lake Overlook 8 p.m. Celebrity guitar auction featuring Angie Stevens at Storm King Lounge. (Ticketed event.)SUNDAY 10 a.m. Free Guitar Town workshops featuring David Wilson, publisher of Tonequest Magazine, in the Copper Conference center. Guitar Town Main Stage 11:30 a.m. K-CMVs Best Band competition Winner Noon. David Lindley 1 p.m. Mark Selby 1:55 p.m. Johnny Hiland 2:55 p.m. Lee Roy Parnell 3:55 p.m. John Jorgenson 4:40 p.m. Brent Mason 4:55 p.m. Super Jam (Guitar Town artists convene on stage to jam.) 5:50 p.m. Dickey Betts & Great Southern

The Guitar Town Workshops will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, held in the Ptarmigan Room of the Copper Conference Center. On Saturday, Jim Weiden conducts the workshop. A master of classic telecaster guitar, Weiden is among a select group of musicians with an endorsement from Fender. Weiden received great acclaim during his long tenure (1985-1999) as lead guitarist for Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Band. On Sunday, work with David Wilson, publisher of Tonequest Magazine. TQR was launched in November 1999 offering practical tone-enhancing tips, revealing interviews with artists, manufacturers, and technicians and gear reviews. Wilson will offer insight, history and instruction on the guitar.

The Guitar Town weekend kicks off Friday night with the finale of K-CMVs inaugural Best Band competition. One band was chosen at each of four competitions. The semi-finalists will compete at Copper on Friday at 6 p.m. at Coppers West Lake Overlook. The winner plays the opening show on Sunday of Guitar Town. The winner also wins 10 hours of recording time at Makin Tracks Production studio in Dillon, two Frontier Airlines vouchers and a new guitar signed by the 2007 Copper Guitar Town artists.

Coppers Guitar Town Celebrity Auction & Jam on Saturday includes a live performance by Angie Stevens beginning at 8 p.m. at Storm King Lounge in the Village at Copper. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door and guests must be present to bid on items. 100 percent of the auction proceeds will benefit MusiCares, an organization whose mission is to ensure that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical or personal crisis.Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on autographed guitars and memorabilia from artists including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Buffett, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, North Mississippi Allstars, John Popper, De La Soul, Michael Franti & Spearhead, KC & The Sunshine Band, Particle, Keller Williams and Vince Neil of Mtley Cre. Participants may also bid on signed Nixon Leather Watches from celebrities including Billy Morrison, Scott Weiland, Todd Richard, Ben Harper, Steve Earle and Steven Tyler.

On Saturday, there will be a Coors Light Guitar Hero Lounge in Burning Stones Plaza where guests ages 21 and older can try their hand at Guitar Hero and have a chance to win a Coors Light Peavey electric guitar and tickets to see the Steve Miller Band at Red Rocks among other prizes. The lounge will feature a setup with a custom Peavey stack sound system, full-size guitar controllers and an LCD stage monitor. The lounge will be open from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday with a tournament from 6-8 p.m.

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