Sunsation blazes into Copper |

Sunsation blazes into Copper

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily news
Special to the Daily Mama's Cookin' serves up a funky blues and hip-hop concoction from 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Copper Mountain's Sunsation.

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Sunsation blazes into town for three weekends of hot music, film and sports.The fifth annual festival features the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Blue Oyster Cult, the Smithereens, the Motet and Spearhead, among others. And to top it off, the six-day event ends with the famous Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest Sunday, April 17.In addition to free concerts, Saturday’s inaugural Jeremy Bloom Charity Ski Challenge presents Olympians, sports stars and local celebrities paired with Special Olympic athletes, who square off against each other in an all-star slalom race. Sunday 1,200 of the nation’s best snowboarders come to Copper to practice for a week of competition in pipe, slopestyle, snowboard cross and alpine events.DJ Relm kicks off the music lineup Saturday. After three acts, Rose Hill Drive revs up the crowd at 4:15 p.m.

At 6 p.m. En Fuego heats up the night with stomp-and-rhythm performers, a bonfire, a torchlight parade, fire jugglers and fireworks over the mountain.The Banff Mountain Film Festival, an annual international competition in November, features the world’s best films and videos pertaining to mountain subjects. Every year, the best films from the festival go on tour following the festival.The festival presents Radical Reels at 8 p.m. at the Copper Conference Center. The action-packed short films show some of the world’s best skiing, boarding, kayaking and mountain-biking, including:- “Soul Purpose” plunges viewers deep into the minds and abilities of athletes in 21 minutes. With trips to the far-off reaches of the planet including Russia, Alaska and Canada, the film captures the best of big-mountain skiing and snowboarding while still focusing on skiing’s freestyle movement.- “Weekend Warrior” pokes fun at the hapless pursuits of a snowboarder dude who cruises the mountain for female companionship.

– “Fools with Tools,” a film from Scotland, depicts a group of unremarkable but determined climbers training and attempting routes. Self-deprecating humor and human emotion surface when the climbers push themselves to their own physical and mental limits.- “The Collective” draws on the experience of a group of filmmakers, photographers and mountain bikers to portray cutting-edge images of the freeride mountain-biking progression, while exploring the thoughts and personalities of the riders leading that progression.- In “Trans Andes” Will Gadd checked out a map of the world and decided that the Andes would be a good place to fly. He called up some friends and it was off to South America – paragliders, poor planning and a lot of wind add up to a big adventure.- “Heavy Fork” documents a 12-year-old’s bruising attempts to create his own distinctive, unorthodox mountain-biking style.Tickets are $10 per person and are available in advance by calling (970) 968-2318, ext. 4INFO or at the door the day of the show.

Sunday, the Clumsy Lovers stumble into Copper with their fiddle-charged folk rock. The Canadian and American musicians started playing in Vancouver, Canada, then introduced their Clumsy Lover style to the Pacific Northwest.”The sheer volume and speed of our music – nevermind the passion of our fans – are energizing,” Jason Homey said.Chronophonic’s four-piece horn section blows into Copper at 1:30 p.m. Chronophonic is quickly becoming a leader among Colorado’s original music scene. Mama’s Cookin’ serves up a funky, mouth-watering blues and hip-hop concoction, which regularly sells out shows on the Western Slope.Like an old family recipe, the band’s dishes have morphed from predominantly funky blues – based on guitarist and vocalist Zeb Early’s childhood days in the Mississippi Delta – to a mixture of hip-hop, world and jazz, and back to good, old fashioned Delta-style blues.

“We’re mixing blues and hip-hop, and we’ve been concentrating on writing good songs,” Early said. Look for stories on Quiet Riot, Blue Oyster Cult, The Smithereens and Spearhead in upcoming additions of Summit Scene.For more information on Sunsation, call (800) 458-8386, ext. 4INFO.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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