Favorites Return for Copper's 5th Annual Guitar Town

July 30, 2009



Copper Mountain, CO…July 30, 2009…The 5th annual Guitar Town at Copper takes place August 7-9, 2009 for three days of free performances by guitar legends. The world’s best guitarists come together for the event with live performances, guitar workshops and kids’ music activities. Weekend-long events include a GuitarArt Silent Auction, Guitar Hero and indoor skatebowl in The Cage, a giant mural, inflatable guitars and Village activities.


The all-acoustic line-up is led by Tommy Emmanuel, one of only three guitarists to be bestowed the title of CGF (Certified Guitar Player) by Chet Atkins. Tommy has also been named the 2008 Gold Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.  Festival favorite, John Jorgenson, also an Acoustic Guitar Magazine Gold Award Winner in the 2008 Acoustic Jazz category, returns with his Gypsie Jazz, John Jorgenson Quintet. Former Wings guitarist and acoustic virtuoso, Laurence Juber, will perform for a second time at Guitar Town. 


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the original Rock Guitar Hero, Duane Eddy, headlines the electric line up for Sunday.  Former Rolling Stones guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Mick Taylor, starts his U.S. tour at Guitar Town. Brent Mason’s band, The Players, are making one of their rare out of Nashville appearances, comprised of drummer Eddie Bayers, bassist Michael Rhodes, keyboardist John Hobbs and steel guitar player Paul Franklin. 


Returning for his fifth Guitar Town appearance is festival favorite songwriter and blues rocker Mark Selby. This year’s end-of-the-day jam with The Players backing, Duane Eddy, Mick Taylor, Marty Stuart, Mark Selby and a couple of unannounced surprises are guaranteed to leave the musicians and guitar junkies wanting more. 


Two players making their Guitar Town debuts this year are Pete Huttlinger, and Tommy Emmanuel protégé, 17-year-old Joe Robinson, who won Australia’s Got Talent 2008. Opening the show and emceeing the weekend as he does every year is L.A. fingerstylist Scott Goldman


Leading into Guitar Town, Pete Huttlinger will host the Guitar Town guitar clinics with a "Q&A" time to demonstrate and talk about his techniques and arranging ideas. “Tone Quest” Editor and Publisher, David Wilson, moderates the free Saturday and Sunday morning workshops featuring performers sharing their licks, secrets and insight into their style and success.


If the free lineup and entertainment schedule isn't enough to entice guitar fans, Coors Light is hosting the first-ever Guitar Town VIP package, which includes side stage seating for the main stage concerts Saturday and Sunday, private patio seating in Burning Stones Plaza, free beer, snacks and a commemorative poster for $123.13 per person.  Tickets are available at www.copperguitartown.com.


Another first this year, Guitar Center in Denver is sponsoring the ArtGuitar Silent Auction.  Artists from around the community and around the state have designed, decorated, painted and created art from damaged guitars.  These guitars will be displayed in retail stores throughout the Village during the event, and are on display now on the Channel 2 Guitar Center Stage in Denver, in the Red Rocks Visitor Center, and the Copper Frisco Information Center.  All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Copper Frisco Employee Environmental Fund.


The Guitar Town Lodging Package includes: 4 nights lodging, 1 ½ day clinic, continental breakfast and snacks during the sessions, the opportunity to perform in the Guitar Town Showcase on West Lake Stage Friday night, Saturday and Sunday workshops, concerts and all other festival activities. Taxes and resort fees are included. Lodging prices start at $600; restrictions apply. Space is limited and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For lodging information, call a Copper Reservation Specialist at 866-534-7444, or visit www.coppercolorado.com to book online.


Also at Copper during Guitar Town, the Mountain Home and Outdoor Expo offers a free weekend long expo featuring exhibitors that cater to your home and outdoor lifestyle. Featuring 120+ exhibitors, this expo features presentations with cooking tips and ideas, going green, pet training, remodeling and more. Meet non-profit organizations that support mountain communities. Each attendee who brings three non-perishable food items can enter for a chance to win door prizes, children included! Come join us and help support the Summit County Food Bank and local organizations that provide community meals.


Thursday, August 6

Guitar Town Guitar Clinics with Pete Huttlinger starting at noon in Village Square.


Friday, August 7

Guitar Town Guitar Clinics with Pete Huttlinger starting at 10 a.m. in Village Square.


West Lake Stage                    6pm Student Showcase

Endo's Adrenaline Café         8pm Guitar Hero Competition  

Village Square                         8pm Rock Prophecies Feature-length film chronicles the art and life of legendary rock photographer Robert M. Knight  

Incline Bar & Grill                 9pm - 12:00am Frank James
Burning Stones Outdoor Theater
Dusk Music and Lyrics (PG-13)

Saturday, August 8

Village Squaream Guitar and Songwriting Workshops

Pavilion & Pavilion Lawn
10am - 6pm - Mountain Home and Outdoor Expo

Guitar Town Main Stage

12:00pm Scott Goldman

12:25pm Joe Robinson

1:05pm Led Kaapana

1:55pm Preston Reed

2:45pm Laurence Juber

3:35pm Pete Huttlinger

4:25pm John Jorgenson

5:20pm Tommy Emmanuel

6:10pm All Star Jam

West Lake Stage

6:30pm Michael Reese


Village Square

7pm Robert M. Knight Photography Exhibit & Cocktail Reception

8pm Rock Prophecies Feature-length film chronicles the art and life of legendary rock photographer Robert M. Knight  


Incline Bar & Grill

9:00pm - 12:00am Frank James  


Sunday, August 9

Village Square 10am Guitar and Songwriting Workshops
Pavilion & Pavilion Lawn
10am - 6pm - Mountain Home and Outdoor Expo

Guitar Town Main Stage

12:00pm Mark Selby

1:15pm Marty Stuart

2:30pm Mick Taylor

3:45pm Brent Mason and The Players with Sol Philcox

5:00pm Duane Eddy

5:40pm All Star Jam


Visit www.coppercolorado.com for more information.





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