Sun, snow and some sensational sounds
If it weren’t for all the sweet sounds coming our way this month, April might be a time of mourning, with the bulk of ski season ending and bike trails too muddy to play.Luckily, we live in a resort area where the party never ends – and Mother Nature has dumped 50 inches of the white stuff in the last week, making spring skiing look pretty promising.So put that trip to Moab or some sunny beach off for another month, because Breck, Copper and Keystone have booked more bands than you can take in.
Breckenridge revamped its Spring Massive festival to bring a better party vibe by focusing on expanding its live music lineup.This month, Breckenridge Ski Area hosts free concerts at the base of Peak 8 from 3-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday for three weekends, beginning Saturday and ending April 17. The area will also host a special Easter egg hunt on April 23-24, giving kids and adults a chance to hunt for prize-filled eggs both around town and on the mountain. Also on Saturday, April 23, bring the family to the Breckenridge Recreation Center for the 20th annual Great Egg Scramble. Take a picture with the Breckenridge Bunny, grab goody bags for the little ones and get ready for an all-out scramble. Visit http://www.breckspringfever.com for more information.The Flobots, a progressive hip-hop group from Denver, kick off the Spring Fever festivities on Saturday followed by bluegrass sensation Cornmeal Sunday on Peak 8. April 9, The Wailers, reggae icons, carry on Bob Marley’s legacy, with L.A.-based Ozomatli pumping out a visceral blend of Latin salsa, urban hip-hop and funky jazz Sunday, April 10.Moe brings its honest, heartfelt rock from the East Coast to Breck on Saturday, April 16, followed on Sunday, April 17 by Devotchka, Colorado musicians with a penchant for Gypsy-style, multi-instrumental shows.Other signature events include the EpicMixer, a singles’ event held every Friday night at the T Bar; Ripperoo’s Mascot Olympics, featuring official mascots from the state of Colorado in zany events and a special race for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Swinger run on Peak 8; the Spring Fever Fashion Show at the Riverwalk Center on Saturday, April 23; DJs and free food in the Park Lane and Freeway terrain parks from 2-5 p.m. every Thursday in April; and restaurants specials priced at $18.59 throughout town.Of course, the Imperial Challenge will still take place (April 16), and the KSMT Beer Festival lets people drink in the fun April 9.In addition, Burke and Riley’s has donated a $100 bar tab, as well as lodging, for the best dressed 1980s person to show up at the Riverwalk Center between 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday for a free concert from California-based Platinum Rockstars who cover everything from Led Zep to Bon Jovi. From 3-6 p.m. Saturday, the Breckenridge Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association hosts a block-party style afternoon in the Blue River Plaza, with barbecue and cold beer.
For 11 years, Copper Mountain has celebrated spring with its Sunsational lineup of events and bands for two weekends, beginning April 16.The Red Bull 1976 Games triumphantly returns the evening of April 16 with opening ceremonies (and a fashion show) at Jack’s Bar, with music from Guns N’ Roses cover band Appetite for Destruction. But even before the retro fun begins, Copper pumps out live music all day, with headliners Gin Blossoms wrapped around the Rail Jam Finals. The Gin Blossoms went from college-circuit heroes to multi-platinum album sellers with hits like “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You” and “‘Til I Hear It From You.” Throughout the day the nation’s best collegiate skiers and riders throw down during the College Championships, with a televised slopestyle skiing and snowboarding competition and a rail jam near Burning Stones Plaza. Visit http://www.thealtgames.com for more information.Sunday, April 17, headliner Quiet Riot makes you “Cum On Feel the Noize” for your “Mental Health.” Then the Red Bull 1976 Games really take off as skiers get on their ’70’s groove and showcase their skinny-ski skills. The competition stems from the year Denver gave up its award for the 1976 Olympics, due to a coalition of activists and politicians who opposed it. Now, Copper’s annually giving the year 1976 its day with snowbladecross and old-school air, plus costume and team mojo prizes. Sunday at 8 p.m. MiMOSA w/Archnemesis and Frequent-C play in the Copper Conference Center. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show and can be purchased at http://www.gigdigger.com. Both Copper Mountain and Breckenridge are sticking it out for one of the latest Easter Sundays on record (and, of course, A-Basin stays in for the long haul and provides its own May music). On April 23, The Samples headline live music all day. The Boulder-formed band’s name originated from members’ early sustenance of food samples from local grocery stores. They bring reggae-influenced folk and pop rock to the mix. Saturday, Copper asks people to break out the swimsuits and sunglasses as the resort tries to earn the world record for the most people to apply sunscreen at the same time. It’s also the last day to win the Snow Day Fiesta by logging onto Facebook and liking Copper Mountain, then clicking “Thanks we ‘Like’ you too. Click here to enter to win.”Sunday, Copper creates Colorado’s largest Easter Egg Hunt, beginning at 10 a.m. for kids 6 and younger, followed by a bigger kids’ hunt at noon and the biggest kids (12 and older) scouting the village throughout the day. Prizes include lift tickets, Woodward at Copper sessions, gift cards and a season pass. In the afternoon, the Easter Bunny and Peeps in the Pipe show off their skills while golfers prepare for the season with an Egg Putt-Putt, with nine holes of “greens” on the snow and Easter eggs for golf balls. The season winds down with live music starting at 3 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza.
Though Keystone Resort is the first to close, it’s not going out quietly.Tonight Mountain Standard Time plays at the Warren Station Center for the Arts for $5, then April 9, Marty Jones & the Great Unknowns open for Robert Earl Keen in a free concert from 4-7 p.m. in the River Run events plaza. At 8 p.m. April 9, three-time Grammy Award winner David Sanborn (with special guest Joey DeFrancesco) perform at Warren Station for $30 (or $50 reserved seats). Ticket includes a glass of house win and may be purchased at http://www.gigdigger.com.Sunday, April 10, Keystone closes out the season with The Keystone Slush Cup, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Mountain House Base Area. The party goes until 3 p.m. with brews, barbecue and a pond-skimming celebration, while Irie Still fills the afternoon with reggae tunes.Keystone plans to offer snow tubing this summer for as long as it can, so be on the lookout for some summer snow fun.
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