Live music peaks in summer |

Live music peaks in summer

SUMMIT COUNTY – With big summer music festivals elsewhere in the mountains, the conclusion that live local music wilts in the summer seems a safe one.

But instead of simply saying, “That’s not true,” local and visiting musicians will reiterate that sentiment with their throats and instruments throughout the season. They’ll voice it at different volumes – as rock music or songs for kids – in a variety of dialects – with Celtic flavor or a Delta blues twang – from a variety of stages – floating in the Maggie Pond or decorated elaborately for a pops concert or musical theater.

The bars and clubs in Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne and at Copper Mountain and Keystone resorts form the rhythm section, with constant shows.While the county may not offer city-dwellers much population density, the concentration of nightspots is so high, visitors can’t travel far without finding a band or open mike night. Still, others crave variety no number of clubs can offer. Rather, it’s up to other means to satisfy their musical desires.

Breckenridge Music Festival

The Breckenridge Music Festival follows its tried-and-true formula with classical concerts from the Breckenridge Music Institute (BMI) and National Repertory (NRO) orchestras. The National Repertory and BMI orchestras raise the ante. Both will fulfill fans’ classical music jones and join a number of acts with crossover appeal. July is a huge month for the festival, but it continues to showcase a variety of styles and talents through September.

Sunset at the Summit Free Concert series

All that separated a Summit County sunset from perfection is a soundtrack. Now that’s no longer missing, thanks to the Sunset at the Summit Free Concert series at the Dillon Marina. The series offers a chance to unwind after work. It’s also a chance to see bands such as Chupacabra, Cabaret Diosa, and the Young Dubliners for free.

Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper Mountain Resorts

All three of the local mountain resorts that operate during the summer offer a variety of festivals and shows in addition to their native nightlife.

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