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Copper Mountain Music Festival brings a trifecta of styles to town

Kim Fuller
Special to the Daily

COPPER— Summer is jammin' along, and Copper Mountain Resort has all kinds of music to accompany it this weekend at the second annual Copper Mountain Music Festival, a bluegrass, singer-songwriter and Americana festival.

"Last year it was a one-day festival, and we're expanding to three days this year because the first year was such a success," said Holly Robinson, marketing and business development manager for Copper.

The first draw for the event, which began Friday, is free live music, but there's also a lot of complimentary workshops and activities — including hiking, yoga, fireworks, a community bike ride and more — offered throughout the weekend.

Today begins with a guided hike from the base of American Eagle lift at 10 a.m., or jump right into the music with a songwriting workshop with singer-songwriter, Aaron Burdett, held at the top of the lift at Solitude Station beginning at 10:30 a.m.

"The view from up there is inspirational by itself, so the idea is to put these songwriters up in a place that is really inspiring," Robinson said.

Everything at the festival is free, but if you want to ride the lift, it requires a ticket. Spend $12 in the village and show your receipt to redeem a free ride.

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Hear Balsam Range

Balsam Range is playing on the Main Stage at 3 p.m. today. The band has a high-energy sound with elements of jazz, country, gospel and even swing, all infused into their own version of bluegrass. Be ready for some serious harmony with this group. Four out of the five members sing lead vocals, with four different styles, all coming together for a big, dynamic sound.

"They also have a lot of fun during their performance, and their humor and charisma on stage is infectious," said Mandy Tenery, tour manager for Balsam Range. "They are just the best, most entertaining group you can find."

Balsam Range has been putting the finishing touches on a sixth studio album, set to be released this fall.

On Sunday, check out the free Pedal for Pints community bike ride at 10 a.m. and Mountain Pose Yoga at 12:30 p.m., with music running from 11 a.m. to about 5 p.m., including Bonnie and The Clydes at 12:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. The five-piece Americana-country band will be playing a number of songs from its new record, "Dear Somebody" — the band's fourth studio album and the first one that contains all original material. The group is known for three-part harmonies featuring pedal steel and electric guitar.

Bonnie Sims, mandolin player for the band, said the festival lineup is noteworthy, with a variety of music and activities.

"I am a huge Asleep at the Wheel fan," she said (Asleep at the Wheel performs at 5:30 p.m. Saturday). "And the fact they are offering a lot of workshops — even fishing — makes this festival stand out."

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, July 9

10 a.m. — Delorme Guided Hike, base of the American Eagle Lift

10 a.m. — Stand-up paddleboard demos, Pavilion Lawn

10:30 a.m. — Nature Talk, base of the American Eagle Lift

10:30 a.m. — Songwriting Workshop at Solitude Station, top of the American Eagle Lift

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — #gooutsideandplay Scavenger Hunt, Pavilion Lawn

12:30 p.m. — Aaron Burdett, Main Stage, Burning Stones Plaza

2:30 p.m. — Crazy Creek seating section in Burning Stones Plaza

3 p.m. — Balsam Range, Main Stage, Burning Stones Plaza

3 p.m. — Elevation Outdoors Grand Prize Giveaway, with more than 30 prizes; must be present to win, Main Stage

5:30 p.m. — Asleep at the Wheel, Main Stage, Burning Stones Plaza

7:30-9 p.m. — Acoustic Pull; bring your instrument and jam with other musicians, Fire Globe

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks over West Lake in Center Village

Sunday, July 10

10:30 a.m. — Pedal for Pints Community Bike Ride, meet at Gravitee Sports

11 a.m. — Vocal Harmonies from Gospel Roots Workshop, West Lake Stage

12:30 p.m. — Bonnie and Clydes, Main Stage, Burning Stones Plaza

12:30 p.m. — Mountain Pose Yoga, Solitude Station

3 p.m. — Dave Adkins, Main Stage, Burning Stones Plaza

IF YOU GO …

What: Copper Mountain Music Festival.

When: Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10.

Where: Copper Mountain Resort, 0509 Copper Road, 18 miles west of Vail on Interstate 70.

Cost: Most activities are free

More information: Click on “Activities” at coppercolorado.com.