Party like a president with concerts, wine and beer in Summit County
Another four-day weekend has arrived, which means one thing in Summit County: a plethora of fun events. This sampling of festivities span type and location so there’s something for everyone looking for entertainment.
The Real Deal
The weekend kicks off with the three-day Subaru WinterFest at Copper Mountain Resort. The free festival favors early-risers with VIP parking for Subaru owners and reusable Klean Kanteen bottles and mugs while supplies last. Though no matter when you arrive, this stop of POWDR-owned resorts on the tour has music, giveaways and other activities for all.
On Friday at 4 p.m. guests can make campfire s’mores in Center Village, in addition to lawn games, hammocks, Stumptown coffee and other snacks available throughout the weekend. From 4-6 at Burning Stones Plaza, Boulder-based folk band Kind Hearted Strangers will perform.
On Saturday from 8 a.m to 3 p.m., Burning Stones Plaza will host SiriusXM DJs, interactive tiny houses and a basecamp geared towards dogs. Titled the Super Chewer Outpost by Bark, four-legged friends and their companions will find games, guided training sessions, photo ops and dog-themed giveaways.
From 12:30-2, Kind Hearted Strangers play once again, but this time at the base of the Timberline lift. At 3:30, a drawing will occur in the plaza with prizes including gear from Nordica, Lib Tech, Thule, Shred and other partners.
Headlining Saturday is Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at 4 in the Burning Stones Plaza.
Lukas Nelson, son of country music legend Willie Nelson, may be most recently recognized for his work on the critically-acclaimed 2018 film “A Star is Born,” but he and his band have been performing since 2008. The band, named after lyrics in Neil Young’s song “Walk On,” formed in California after Nelson met drummer Anthony LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert. Then in 2015 Promise of the Real became a regular touring and studio band for Young, recording a total of four albums together so far. In 2017 they released their self-titled LP, featuring pop band Lucius on the ballad “Set Me Down on a Cloud” and Lady Gaga on “Find Yourself” and “Carolina.”
“I knew I had a lot of good songs that transcended the cultural boundaries between rock ‘n’ roll and country,” Lukas said on the band’s website. “I wanted to get the songs as pure as they could be. We owe a lot to Neil; we made this record after coming off the road with him for two years. Neil’s been mentoring us, and we’ve been absorbing that energy, and I think it shows. We got acclimated to a different level of artistic expression. We’ve grown.”
Arguably the most personal song on the album, “Forget About Georgia” details Nelson struggling to get over a break-up with a woman named Georgia, yet while touring with his father he had to play Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind” at each performance.
Following more SiriusXM DJs, dog-friendly activities and a second WinterFest drawing on Sunday, singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim & The Law take the stage at Burning Stone Plaza at 4 to close out the festival. Featuring Slim on vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano and banjo, Malachi DeLorenzo on drums, Jeff Ratner on bass and Casey McAllister on keys and accordian, the group has appeared on shows like “Conan” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Slim has also toured with musicians such as Cake, The Avett Brothers, Drive-By Truckers and The Lumineers.
Keystone’s seventh annual Winter Wine Tasting returns to Warren Station on Saturday at River Run Village. People will be able to choose from a broad spectrum of bold reds, winter whites and sparkling wine. In between sips, guests can enjoy a handcrafted menu of hors d’oeuvres, small plates and desserts provided by Gilchrist Catering while listening to jazz fusion from Jazzwerks.
Don’t know much about wine? Don’t worry. Wine specialists from Republic National Distributing Company will guide attendees during the tasting on how to experience the wine. If you want to swap , samples of premium whiskey cocktails are also available
The Warren Station Winter Wine Tasting begins at 7 p.m and ends at 9 while live music lasts until 10. Ticket prices can be purchased in advance for $40 at WarrenStation.com.
For those who prefer beer, Outer Range Brewing Co. will host a backcountry party in their Frisco taproom on Saturday. Starting at noon, 10 percent of profits from sales of their Rise IPA will go the avalanche education scholarships. Then at 1 p.m. a free backcountry class will be held in the yurt on the patio. Make sure to bring your avalanche beacon because at 2 the brewery will hide 4-packs of beer in the snow waiting to be found. Finally at 2:30 there will be more giveaways, including the chance to win a Weston Backcountry splitboard designed in collaboration with Outer Range.
Additionally, the Ski Doctor and Cheese Love Grill will be on-site providing tuning services and food.
Sound of color
Friday night funk comes to Frisco with the Brooklyn-based band Turkuaz. The nine-piece group is known for their colorful outfits and kaleidoscope of sounds that combine funk, rock and R&B.
Composed of Dave Brandwein on guitar and vocals, Taylor Shell on bass, Craig Brodhead on guitar and keys, Michelangelo Carubba on drums, Chris Brouwers on trumpet and keys, Greg Sanderson on tenor sax, Josh Schwartz on baritone sax and vocals, Sammi Garett on vocals, and Shira Elias on vocals, the group is currently celebrating the release of their fifth album Life in the City.
“We sifted through a lot more material for Life In The City,” Brandwein states on the band’s website. “We threw all of the paint on the canvas. There was more collaboration in the writing. Some members who hadn’t participated before brought ideas to the table. We didn’t have anything road-mapped. In that respect, it was exploratory as far as who we are sonically. The same goes for the lyrics.
“Beyond the turmoil in current events and the world, I was going through some difficult challenges in my personal life. So, ‘Life In The City’ is more based in reality and the experience I’ve lived in the past few years than a fantasy like the last record. The city is representative of modern life and all of these distractions we face day to day.”
Fans of Talking Heads and their “Stop Making Sense” concert film, Turkuaz worked with Jerry Harrison of the ‘80s band to produce their single “On The Run” and the track “If I Ever Fall Asleep,” co-written by Schwartz.
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