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Los Lobos will rock Breckenridge Dec. 16

Free concert at Riverwalk Center to help town celebrate Breckenridge ski area’s 50th birthday

The Breck Birthday Bash features Los Lobos

By Summit Voice

BRECKENRIDGE — Los Lobos will bring their rootsy Chicano rock to the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Dec. 16 to help the town celebrate the ski resort’s 50th birthday, during the Breck Birthday Bash. It’ll be a big weekend in town as the Winter Dew Tour starts Dec 15.

The Grammy–winning  rock band from East Los Angeles has been known for spicing up hard-driving rock rhythms with traditional Spanish and Mexican instruments and music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños since 1984’s “Will the Wolf Survive?”

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Breckenridge: New location for July 4 fireworks

Independence Day weekend festivities to culminate with a patriotic concert, fire dancing, and fireworks

Fireworks will light up the sky over Breckenridge, weather permitting.

By Summit Voice

BRECKENRIDGE — Weather permitting, this year’s fireworks will be set off from the roof of the Welcome Center for increased visibility in Breckenridge’s downtown. To accommodate this improvement, Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the full day on Monday from Ski Hill Road to Adams Avenue. The fireworks will be most visible from the Riverwalk Center lawn, the Blue River Plaza, and the intersection of Main and Washington Streets. Continue reading

Breckenridge: Rusted Root plays free 4th of July show

Holiday also features chalk art, trail running, mountain bike racing

Rusted Root. Click on the image to go to the band's website.

By Jenney Coberly

BRECKENRIDGE — The High Country will rock to the sounds of Rusted Root on Independence Day, as the Pittsburgh-based band plays a free 2 p.m. show at the Riverwalk Center.

According to Denver Westword, “When Rusted Root formed in Pittsburgh in 1990, it made a world-beat influenced splash with a series of releases throughout the decade. During this creative period, the band released its most commercially successful song, “Send Me On My Way.” The tune, which has been used on soundtracks for films like Matilda and Ice Age, features the hard-driving percussion and vocal style that have come to define the group’s sound.”

Read the full article in Westword, which includes an interview with band founder and singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki by Nick Hutchinson. The non-ticketed show will take place at 2 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center.

Click for more great 4th of July events, including the parade and fireworks.

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Summit Voice: Week in review

Wildfires once again dominated the headlines

Duckett fire, west flank 6/13/11 — photo courtesy USFS

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Stories about the Wallow Fire, now the largest wildfire in Arizona history, and the Duckett Fire, still raging in Colorado northwest of Westcliffe, got the most views this week.


Summit Voice editor Bob Berwyn is currently taking a road trip with his family and has been posting stories here and frequent updates on Twitter.

Road Trip USA

With the summer entertainment scene heating up, here are some stories about great things to do in Summit County this weekend:
Upcoming events in Summit County

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Photoblog: Lovett and Hiatt in Breckenridge

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt put on an amazing concert for a packed and enthusiastic house at Riverwalk Center

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BRECKENRIDGE — Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt wowed the crowd at the Riverwalk Center Thursday night. Their personalities, humor, style, great singing voices and beautiful guitar work made the show a rare pleasure. Anyone in the audience not already a fan walked away as one by the end of the evening.

The stage presence and synergy between the two is mesmerizing. They clearly love what they do, and the audience loved watching them do it. Their banter was full of easy and understated humor and was well appreciated. They mostly sang separately, but did harmonies on two songs, including “Thing Called Love” in this video:

Also, check out these photos from the recent U2 show in Denver.

Summit County: Summer heating up with entertainment

A plethora of events to choose from Thursday to Sunday

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt play at the Riverwalk Center June 16.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Locals and visitors alike have lots to choose from this weekend. Click on the links for each activity for more information.

There is still lawn seating available for the June 16 Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt concert at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, and video and audio feeds will be provided for the lawn crowd. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available directly from the Riverwalk Center either online or at their box office.

The Frisco BBQ challenge is back again June 16-18. Check out last year’s great photoblog here on Summit Voice.

Breckenridge will hold its annual town party on Friday, June 17, from 4 to 9 pm at the Riverwalk Center.

The Frisco Rowing Center will hold its Open House from 8 to 10 am on Saturday, June 18. Stop by and learn why sculling is such fun and great exercise to boot. Check out the recent Summit Voice article about the rowing center.

The National Repertory Orchestra opening night is June 18, at the Riverwalk Center.

Breckenridge Kingdom Days has great activities on June 18 and 19 for the whole family, including free admission to all museums and tours, and culminating in the Outhouse Races and community barbeque on Sunday afternoon. Check out the recent Summit Voice article featuring the new Saloon Tour.

Travel: Rock out this weekend in downtown Denver

Downtown Denver will rock May 28 with multiple concerts along the 16th Street Mall.

Concerts for Kids helps raise funds for youth programs

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Downtown Denver rock out for a great cause this Saturday, May 28, when 25 bands take to five stages as Concerts For Kids hosts the second annual Denver Day of Rock.   The performance areas are along the 16th Street Mall, Denver’s mile-long pedestrian promenade, making it easy to roam from act to act.  Food and beer booths will be set up throughout downtown for the event, with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first day of Memorial Day weekend.

In 2010, more than 100,000 people attended the free music event, making it the city’s largest one day music festival.  This year, Day of Rock has added a fifth stage, four new beer gardens, and five more bands.  Stages and beer gardens are located just off the 16th Street Mall on Arapaho, in Skyline Park, at Champa, Curtis and Welton. Continue reading

Rock-n-Roll: U2 ‘space station’ touches down in Denver

The legendary Irish group puts on a phenomenal show at Mile High Stadium

Bono and The Edge of U2.

Story and photos by Jenney Coberly

DENVER — I’m not sure anyone else on the music scene today could fill Mile High Stadium, but filled it was for the U2 concert on Saturday night, May 21. What is it about U2 that inspired 70,000-plus people to pile into the stadium? Well for one thing, many of their faithful follow them around the country, attending multiple concerts. The women next to me flew in from Salt Lake City, and was planning to see U2 again there Tuesday. A guy behind me was from New York and goes to U2 concerts all over the country. I overhead him on his cell phone telling a friend that “you should have come to this one, it’s going to be great.” I overheard other conversations around me where people were talking about the airport and their flights.

The concert itself was an amazing experience, in large part due to the charisma and larger-than-life presence of Bono.


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Breckenridge: The Pine Beatles are coming

Homegrown band to play May 27 gig at Breckenridge Theatre

The Pine Beatles perform at Breckenridge Ski Area. PHOTO COURTESY DIANA SABREEN. Click on the photo to visit Sabreen's website.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Breckenridge’s own whimsically named Pine Beatles will bring their brand of homegrown bluegrass and comedy to the Breckenridge Theatre (121 S. Ridge Street) on May 27, and now’s the time to get your tickets online.

There’s nothing like watching a concert performed by people you see on the mountain, trail or in the grocery store nearly every day, and that’s what you’ll get as Matt Krane, Doc PJ, Ben Brewer, Nancy Hallett, Mark Gidney, Tommy Banks and Daniel “Moose” Bednarski take to the stage to launch their spring runoff tour. You can check out some tracks online at the Pine Beatles website. Continue reading

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt — Natural Forces

Two titans of songwriting team up for Breckenridge concert

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will perform at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge June 16.

by Jenney Coberly

There`s a lipstick sunset
Smeared across the August sky
There`s a bitter sweet perfume
Hanging in the fields
The creek is running high

~John Hiatt

BRECKENRIDGE – A June show at the Riverwalk Center with Lyle Lovett may be John Hiatt’s first appearance in Breckenridge, but his impressionistic lyrics often evoke the wide open spaces of the West. Hiatt is one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters, and his songs have been covered by an impressive variety of top artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, and Keith Urban.

Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. The interplay and immense talent of Lovett and Hiatt up close and personal is an experience not to be missed. Hear their storytelling mastery not only in the songs they sing, but in the insightful tales they offer up between songs.

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