Summit Up 3-28-11: Where we’re eagerly anticipating outdoor music |

Summit Up 3-28-11: Where we’re eagerly anticipating outdoor music

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is sitting here looking out at the snow and clouds and still getting excited about the upcoming outdoor concert season.

It was coming down Thursday like the snowy version of cats and dogs – the type

of precipitation that makes you want to curl up under a blanket next to a fire instead of head outdoors to listen to a chill (no, not chill-y) “multicultural American funk and soul band,” as Wikipedia classifies Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

Battling the winter usual obstacles on Vail Pass, including a set of snowplows

that appeared to be doing nothing but slowing us down, we headed out to Street Beat,

Vail’s Thursday series.

When we got there, lo and behold, the weather had cleared into a beautiful sunset

– exactly the setting one hopes for in the outdoor music scene.

As a side note, we’re torn here at the Summit Daily, between hoping for some sweet spring powder days and wanting blue-sky afternoons with the sun shining, creating the foundation for the summer tan.

Maybe Ullr and Sol – the Norse sun god – will cooperate with each other and allow Ullr to bestow his gifts at night before letting Sol take over to shine her light all-day long.

And so we enter April, where the weather is unknown (some call it schizophrenic)

and where concerts abound and the beer flows freely. Not free, of course – it cost us $5 for a can of Bud Light – and, actually, we’d like to assert that maybe it’s not as easy to get as “freely” implies. The lines are often quite long and not worth the wait. The only redeeming factor is that the tents, too, are outside, so one has live entertainment as one waits in line for the beer.


So, Breck launches its new Spring Fever at the base of Peak 8 with Colorado natives The Flobots – sure to attract a hefty Front Range crowd if nothing else. Could be a good time, though we ask the sound folks to please accommodate for large groups! We’ve heard the ‘Bots before in other settings and the sound engineers have made the show less

than desirable. Bummer for the band, too, because we think they’ve got a good sound.

This and following weekends, the resort and town team up to present the platinum rockstars, bluegrass favorite Cornmeal, reggae icons The Wailers, the urban hip-hop and Latin salsa band Ozomatli, Moe from the rock world, Denver-based Jakarta, and DeVotchKa, Colorado natives with a Gypsy sound.

So maybe the beer’s not free, but the concert’s are at Breck and Copper, where another series is unfolding…

We’re not quite sure what’s up with the Sunsation calendar and its throw-back to the 1990s… the Gin Blossoms? Admittedly, we quite enjoy the Blossoms, but – and forgive our severe editorializing here – given the choice between them and Moe, we’re going to give the vote to Breck. Which doesn’t happen often when Copper’s stacked up against the mob scene that is the competitor for “world’s most visited resort.”

Copper’s list continues with… Quiet Riot? Wasn’t its last hit in 1983? Hasn’t the ska

era of Reel Big Fish come and gone? The Samples said they’d be no longer in 2008, but are still touring. Interesting.

Keystone closes on April 10, but not before offering the last $5 Friday Night Concert Series – Missed the Boat and Mountain Standard Time play on Friday. And that leaves us wondering, did they miss the boat because they weren’t on mountain standard time? Hm.

If you’re a die-hard Keystone fan, don’t miss the final River Run Rocks show with Robert Earl Keen.

Well, at least we have choices. Throw in the events happening across Vail Pass and there’s almost too much out there. Besides, you still have the option for sweet, not-so-crowded spring turns at Arapahoe Basin (added incentive: it’s continuing its Live Music Fridays into April) and Loveland (don’t miss the scavenger hunt this weekend!).

Well, as we said before, we may be finding ourselves over at Breck more often than intended this spring. We hope it’s great. We are already praying to Ullr and Sol to begin cooperation. Actually, we started that back in paragraph 6.

As our closing note, we at the Summit Daily also encourage you to check out the other events going on in these towns, find ways to give back and not just be ski bumming

free-loaders. Visit or

Gotta run. Happy Monday!

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