April 5, 2006

Copper Country returns September 2-3 for a Labor Day weekend celebration of the American spirit through music, art and western traditions. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grammy nominated Big & Rich headline a star musical lineup including Cowboy Troy, Musik Mafia, Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband and more. Copper Country brings together country music’s biggest stars, exceptional fine art, an audience-judged amateur vocal competition and a full-scale rodeo. Tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster locations and


Big & Rich bring their quirky and original stage show to Copper Sept. 2. Big & Rich formed in Nashville around 1998 and quickly gained notoriety for their casual eclecticism. “We know what we do is freaky,” says John Rich. “We know we’re combining stuff in the chemistry set that in the instructions say ‘Don’t combine these things or they might explode.’ We say fine, let’s combine them anyway. We’ll just wear a helmet. That’s our whole attitude toward music.”


Lynyrd Skynyrd bring a little Alabama to the mountains Sept. 3. It is no accident that any popular contemporary band that uses electric guitars owes a huge debt to Skynyrd, a debt almost always freely acknowledged. Musicians as diverse as Kid Rock, Metallica and Travis Tritt pledge allegiance to the Skynyrd sound, and a new wave of hard rocking youngsters values Lynyrd Skynyrd above all else.


Copper is searching for America's next country music phenomenon during the Peak Performer amateur vocal competition. Tryouts are held throughout the month of August. The winner is ultimately chosen by audience approval on Sept. 3 and earns a trip to Nashville for their audition with the William Morris Talent Agency. More information on Peak Performer tryouts dates and locations will be forthcoming. Interested musicians can register online at


The weekend festival also includes fine art exhibitors showcasing Southwestern art including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more. The art festival runs daily in Copper's Pavilion, located next to the main stage at the base of the mountain. Additionally, The Village at Copper is filled with vendors selling original crafts, clothing, jewelry and more.


The Copper Corral, located in the Beeler Lot adjacent to center village, brings guests face-to-face with Colorado’s top cowboys and bull riders for two days of rodeo action including the Copper Rodeo Series Finals. Trick ropers, bull riders, and bucking broncos wow crowds while petting zoos, pony rides, face painting and mutton bustin’ make it fun for the whole family.


Ticket pricing is as follows (subject to change):

  • Adult tickets purchased in advance are $22 per day or $39 for two days.
  • Adult tickets purchased on-site are $35 per day and $60 for two days.
  • Kids' tickets (13-and-under) are $5 per day at the gate.


For more information on Copper Country or other summer events and activities and to book lodging for Copper Country weekend, call (866) 841-2519 or log on to




Copper Mountain is a world-class, multi-season resort nestled between the Ten Mile and Gore Mountain Ranges just 75 miles from downtown Denver in the scenic Rocky Mountains. Throughout the Summer season, Copper Mountain offers a wealth of activities for the entire family including golf, free scenic chairlift rides, free guided nature hikes, free disc golf, the quad power jump, Colorado's largest outdoor climbing wall, go-karts, mini-golf, horseback rides, mountain biking, road cycling, hiking, paddle boating, fly fishing and more.

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