Live music, art, even a petting a zoo for kids: A slice of America will be served up on Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, at the Copper Country Festival at Copper Mountain Resort. And it’s all free.
Rosanne Cash, The Mavericks and Keb’ Mo’ are examples of the big-name music stars performing, along with up-and-coming bands such as Churchill – a Colorado group heard on stations in Denver and Colorado Springs.
Churchill band members Mike Morter and Tim Bruns say those attending the show will be part of the performance.
“We like to have fans [be] a part of us; we want people to be a part of what we’re doing. It’s fun,” Mike says.
Tim adds, “We all really like the idea of making it kind of a big community, making everyone feel close together, you know.”
Churchill takes the Burning Stones Plaza Main Stage on Sunday.
Michael Swearngin’s paintings will be featured, along with many other artists, to provide a visual of what the West is all about. He explains his nickname, ‘Contemporary Cowboy.’
“It’s through my art form that I intuitively paint to express the warm, rugged spirit of the American West – in my contemporary style. Every painting is an exploration of these experiences.”
Several singers and bands hoping to make the big-time will compete at the Texaco Country Showdown, with a winner announced on Saturday night. Katey Laurel took the title last year, and she’s back to perform this year. “Everything I Love” is one of her most popular tunes.
Another live-music treat will be The Long Players, based in Nashville. The group plays every song from a popular artist’s album of years gone by. On Sunday, they’ll cover the Traveling Wilburys. Saturday night’s artist album is a secret, although The Long Players founding member Bill Lloyd says these were the choices.
“Van Morrison ‘Moondance;’ Bob Dylan ‘Highway 61;’ Tom Petty ‘Damn the Torpedoes;’ Bruce Springsteen ‘Born to Run;’ Elvis Costello ‘My Aim is True;’ Neil Young ‘Harvest;’ and Tom Petty ‘Full Moon Fever.’ And that’s really about all I can say about it.”
Copper Country is a family event. Food is available for purchase. Parking, lodging and transportation information, plus complete entertainment schedules, are available at www.CopperCountryFest.com