Copper’s summer features national music acts, monster trucks and more |

Copper’s summer features national music acts, monster trucks and more

Kimberly Nicoletti
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyBlues musician Buddy Guy delivers his soul to the Vail Valley during his opening act for Robert Clay, Friday at the Ford Amphitheater.

COPPER MOUNTAIN – In the winter, Copper’s where the skiers ski, and this summer, Copper’s where the musicians play.Copper Mountain announced its summer lineup of free music and festivities, which begin in early June and continue through September. In addition to free chairlift rides, a new mini-golf course, mountain biking and hiking, this summer, Copper offers top national acts such as country star Jo Dee Messina, a monster truck rally, a guitar legend weekend and events highlighting Latin culture.Copper takes a festival approach to entertainment, which helps create synergy and keep guests involved for multiple days. Scheduling more activities than an individual can participate in makes people want to come back to other festivals for more, said Peter Siegel, executive director of the Village Company. And that creates a mountain of summertime fun.Here’s a list of what’s happening:- The Copper and Frisco Fiesta: June 17-19 The celebration kicks off on a Friday with Copper’s Red Hot Chili Challenge followed by a festive street party on Saturday in Frisco with Latin food, music and dancing. The Fiesta comes back to Copper Saturday evening with a live concert, salsa contest and parties into the night. High Country Soccer Association also will sponsor a two-day tournament, with finals taking place on Sunday on Copper’s new playing field.

– Burning Stones Outdoor Theater: Saturdays, beginning June 18 Enjoy a movie under the stars – and you may even see wildlife; last summer, audiences watched a bear saunter across the runs and into the woods before the movie started. Make sure you bring a blanket, because mountain nights get chilly. Shows begin at about 8:30 p.m. every Saturday throughout the summer. – Three Ring Weekend: July 2-3 Copper gears up for Independence Day with a weekend dedicated to circus art. Families can enjoy mesmerizing “Le Cirque” style performances each day, along with circus workshops and live music concerts throughout The Village at Copper. In addition, families and athletes can join in the spectator friendly, adrenaline-pumping, two-day Copper Chase and compete for a $5,000 cash prize. – Courage Classic: July 16-18 Copper will host the 16th annual Courage Classic Bicycle Tour where cyclists from across the country participate in a three-day, 162-mile road tour, to benefit The Children’s Hospital in Denver. Visit for more information on the fund-raising ride.- Guitar Town: July 30-31

Guitar legend Buddy Guy joins a cast of masters at Copper Mountain for a weekend of top-notch entertainment. Other guitar aces slated to perform include Sonny Landreth, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford and Eric Johnson. Guests will enjoy two days of live music, air-band competitions, celebrity guitar auctions, instrument sales and rock ‘n’ roll art.- Monsters on the Mountain: Aug. 12-14 Giant trucks and screamin’ guitars descend on Copper for a weekend of motor madness and rock. Big Foot and six other monster truck appearances will ensure a gear grindin’ time for the whole family. Performances by Warrant and other soon-to-be-announced acts will thrill fans of 1980s hair bands. The weekend also will feature demolition derbies, freestyle competitions, a local Tuff Truck contest and a Motorhead film festival.- Suzuki Cyclefest: Aug. 19-21 Suzuki Cyclefest returns for the third consecutive year allowing participants to enjoy celebrity lead rides, grueling dual-sport rides, charity rides, rides for kids and a massive motorcycle mall. Those with motorcycle licenses can try this year’s newest motorcycles during free demo rides. Visit for more details.- Dog Daze of Summit: Aug. 27-28 Bring a four-legged friend to Copper and participate in a dress up parade, dog show, agility competitions and more to benefit the Canine Partners of the Rockies. Visit for more details.

– Copper Country: Aug. 29 to Sept. 5 Copper features country music’s biggest stars during a week of music, folk art, rodeo events and more. Messina, an award-winning, multiplatinum recording artist who has eight No. 1 singles, is one of the many singer-songwriters performing during the festival. In addition, Colorado’s own singing sensations will join the professionals on stage as finalists of the Peak Performer singing contest. The winner will fly to Nashville to meet with a major label and talent agency. – HealthQuest 2005: Sept. 10 This weekend dedicated to health and wellness includes kids activities, live music, a 5K road race and a 10K trail race benefiting local charities for cancer screening and education. To register for the race or for more information, check out En Fuego: June 17, June 18, July 2, July 30, Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 The Village at Copper will get fired up this summer during CopperPM’s (Post Mountain) signature party – En Fuego. The sizzling celebration includes fire jugglers, fiery drum shows, bonfires, music and BMX exhibitions in The Village at Copper.

– Morning Melodies: Sundays throughout the Summer Awake to the harmonious melodies of classical music Sunday mornings by the West Lake in The Village at Copper. Performances are from 10-11 a.m. on select Sundays throughout the summer. For more information, call 800-458-8386 ext. 4INFO. Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at 970-668-3998, ext. 245, or at, Colorado

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