Desert Rose Band set to play Copper Country this weekend |

Desert Rose Band set to play Copper Country this weekend

Leslie BrefeldVail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado Chris Hillman, member of the 80s group Desert Rose Band, stresses that his appearance with original bandmates Herb Pedersen, John Jorgenson, Jay Dee Maness, Bill Bryson and Steve Duncan at Copper Country this weekend is not comeback.Hillman said they are coming together again, just because everybody is healthy and able to do it. We had such a good time in the original lineup over 15 years ago. It was one of the few bands I was in that I parted company as friends.The Copper Mountain show is one of only four he has planned, the other three take place in California.If all goes well, he said they might record a live album at Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif.The 63-year-old Hillman, who is also known as member of the Byrds, described himself as semi-retired.He tours with former Desert Rose Band member Pedersen as an acoustic duo on mandolin and guitar.He said he left DRB after performing with them for eight years, and spending the last 30 years on the road.My daughter was about 13 and I had missed five of her birthdays, he said. Family is far more important than a career. Its a big reason I stopped.Although Hillman didnt go to college, he said he made sure his kids did.He said new young bands often ask his advise.I always tell them, Have a great time playing, dont give up the music, but get a four-year degree in something you like, whatever you like.Hillman said his more relaxed schedule nowadays has brought back the pure enjoyment of music.Its just two guys, their suitcases and instruments, like it used to be when I was an 18-year-old kid coming up.Hillman said they Desert Rose Band will play all the stuff were known for along with other songs from their catalogue at the Copper show.Of the band, which began in 1985, he said, It was a special level of musicianship unequal to my past experiences. It was the perfect combination of people.Desert Rose Band plays at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday during Copper Country. Tickets can be purchased at the Copper/Frisco Information Center or at the ticket window at Copper. Festival passes are $39; single day tickets for Saturday are $29; and $20 for Sunday. Leslie Brefeld can be reached at 970-668-4626 or

Copper Mountain hosts Copper Country this weekend including free and ticketed music, kids activities, an art exhibit and Western-themed vendors. Tickets for Copper Country can be purchased at the Copper/Frisco Information Center on Main Street in Frisco until (and including) the day of the show for the pre-purchase prices and also day-of at Copper at the ticket windows below Jacks. Pre-purchased, two-day festival passes are: $39 for adults, $14 for kids (6-12 years old) and free for children 5-and-under. Single-day tickets are $29 for today and $20 for Sunday.Families can enjoy free activities for kids during Copper Country, from everything at the Copper Corral, including pony rides, a petting zoo, roping activities and face painting to the Just-for-kids Rodeo activities. Parents can sign-up children from 9 to 10 a.m. for the Kids Rodeo and then watch them compete in Mutton Bustin (ages 4-7 only; 50 pounds max), the Chicken Scramble (for ages 4-7 years), roping and clown acts from 10 a.m. to noon all weekend. Copper Countrys Vendor Village has many exhibitors showing both traditional and contemporary Country & Western items in addition to the indoor Fine Art Exhibition. The Copper Mountain Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4528 is proud to co-sponsor its second annual MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Fill the Boot fund drive on Saturday and Sunday morning from 8 to 11 a.m. at the entrance to Copper Mountain on Copper Road. Local firefighters will be collecting spare change and monetary donations to benefit those afflicted with neuromuscular diseases. Firefighters from around the world partner with MDA to raise money to send kids to MDA summer camp, clinics, provide wheelchairs and communications devices, and fund research to find a cure. For more information, visit Daily Staff Report

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