Plan your Summit County weekend: The Motet like you’ve never heard them before |

Plan your Summit County weekend: The Motet like you’ve never heard them before

The Motet is coming to town this Saturday to perform with the Brekenridge Music Festival's string quartet at the Riverwalk Center. This is the first classical-inspired performance by the Motet, who is set to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $28 in advance and $32 the day of the show. For more information, visit
Jenise Jensen / Special to the Daily |

The Motet has been bridging the gap between funk and soul since 1998. This weekend, they take on another musical fusion in their collaboration with the Breckenridge Musical Festival’s string quartet.

“Basically we are creating The Motet orchestra,” said Lyle Divinsky, The Motet’s lead vocalist. “We are going to bring these songs to life in a way we haven’t done before in a live setting.”

The Motet has written new collaborative material for this show, which they expect will elevate their songs to an entirely new level.

“Gabriel Mervine, the trumpeter for The Motet composed parts for two violins, a viola and a cello to add texture to their already richly layered songs, ‘Funny Bone,’ ‘So High,’ ‘Extraordinary High’ and ‘Fool No More,’” said Tamara Nuzzaci Park, executive director of the Breckenridge Music Festival.

Imagine a driving drum beat, soaring bass lines and crazy synthesizer sounds intertwined with the classical elements of the quartet.

“The strings and the horns are going to work together so well, unlocking the gate to the heart and soul,” Divinsky said.

The Motet’s records already had string arrangements, so the band has created chart arrangements for the quartet to dive into their songs with.

“The audience, the string players and the band will be experiencing this for the first time together,” Divinsky said. “We are really excited to play in our home state with the home family. We feel super lucky.”

Catch The Motet and the BMF string quartet for this special performance at the Riverwalk Center this Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit


Keystone Resort will host thousands of people this weekend for the Wine and Jazz Festival which will have hundreds of wines to taste, seminars to try out and jazz musical performances all weekend long. Music acts include: Phil Denny Band, Vincent Ingala, Michael Lington, Brian Simpson Band, Scruffy Pearls and more.

“There is something rather unique about performing in mountain towns — fresh air, vast treescapes and of course there is a calm and feel-good energy amongst people that’s a good reminder to slow down and enjoy the moments,” said Phil Denny, who will be performing Sunday, July 16, at 1:30 p.m.

The Wine and Jazz Festival begins Friday evening with a Reserve Wine Tasting event at which the Linda Styles Band will take the stage at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s activities begin at noon with live music by the New York-based Scruffy Pearls, and the Village Grand Tasting event begins at 1 p.m. There are more than 300 wines for sampling at the two-day tasting, along with spirits and beer. Saturday will feature three seminars, including “War of the Rosés,” “Say Cheese (and Wine) — Finding the Perfect Cheese for Your Wine” and “Cigar and Craft Distillers.” The Prosecco and Pancakes event on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. includes a variety of pancake styles paired with bubbly drinks. Some of the pancake styles include banana foster, sweet potato, buttermilk pancake with homemade hazelnut spread, and drinks include a tangerine mimosa, hard pineapple cider mimosa and blueberry pomegranate Bellini. Sunday’s live jazz includes Flatirons Jazz Orchestra ft. Deborah Stafford, Joel Rodney Simieon, Phil Denny Band and Vincent Ingala. Lastly, the “Willy Wonka’s Wild Wine Ride” at 2 p.m. is not to miss. For more infromation, visit

The Kings of Singing

One of the perks of living in an absolutely stunning destination town is the free live music that comes our way all the time. Bands are happy to play here with such a lively audience and beautiful natural scenery. This Saturday, July 15, at 6 p.m. at Silverthorne’s Rainbow Park Chris Daniels and the Kings, a five-piece band with rhythm guitar, sax, flute, drums and bass will be taking the stage. Chris Daniels started performing as a 17-year-old songwriter and guitarist in the ’70s when he played with David Johansen, and later with Russell Smith. Daniels has preformed thousands of shows, touring 40 out of every 52 weeks a year with his current band Chris Daniels and the Kings for 25 years. They tour nationally and internationally and have headlined festivals around the globe. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, plus food and snack vendors will be available. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Tough it out

Rain is slated to stay in our forecast over the weekend. So, what better way to enjoy a rainy July weekend than to participate in the Copper Mountain Tough Mudder. This Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16, the public is invited to Copper Mountain Resort to test their limits in the mud. The course features over 20 obstacles and a 10-12 mile on-mountain run. There are no winners in this race and no clock to race against — it’s purely about fun, pushing limits and getting out of your comfort zone. The race is a challenge meant for teamwork and camaraderie. For more information, visit or call 970-968-2318.

Festival in the Clouds

Now in its 20th year, Alma’s Festival in the Clouds is a free three-day outdoor art and music festival featuring approximately 25 funk, jazz, blues and rock bands and 40 regional artists as well as a beer garden, delicious food and children’s activities. Sponsored by the Alma Foundation, the event is located at Alma Town Park. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The Weekend is the arts and entertainment column for the Summit Daily News, focused on fun weekend happenings in Summit County. Email with event information to be featured.

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