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Music On The Butte

Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers a variety of concerts from national acts to local bands. Check out all the upcoming events below! 


Sponsored by the Mt. Crested Butte Town Center Community Association, the Live! From Mt. CB Summer Concert Series returns for the summer of 2018 with an exciting lineup of amazing musicians. Join the fun every Wednesday between June 27th and August 15th for an evening of free music at the base of Mt. Crested Butte. All shows will take place at the Red Lady Stage in Mt. Crested Butte from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. 

Schedule and Lineup:

  • June 27 - New Orleans Suspects (Swamp/Mardi Gras)
  • July 4 – Fourth of July on the mountain, presented by the Town of Mt. Crested Butte: Live music all evening from 5:30 until 9:00 PM featuring the Kitchen Dwellers, Fireworks Display at 9:15 PM
  • July 11 - Billy Strings (Bluegrass)
  • July 18 - Mathew Curry (Blues)
  • July 25 - Lowdown Brass Band (Brass/Street Funk)
  • August 1 - Dave Jordan & the NIA (NOLA/Roots Rock)
  • August 8 - Con Brio (R&B/Soul/Funk)
  • August 15 - The Dustbowl Revival (American Roots Orchestra)

CB Unplugged

CB Unplugged is a small venue, après experience featuring a national touring act in an intimate setting. The events will take place during the afternoon, the perfect time to settle in with an après beer or cocktail, warm meal or milkshake (we offer full strength for 21+!). CB Unplugged is a free concert series brought to you by the Town of Mt. Crested Butte.

Don't miss a beat, we hope to see you there!


Saturday, September 1 from 4 - 6 pm at Butte 66 featuring Brent Cowles

Brent Cowles - CB Unplugges

“HOW TO BE OKAY ALONE.” That’s what Brent Cowles scribbled in a notebook one afternoon as he grappled with the complexities of his newfound independence. It was meant to be the start of a list, a survival guide for navigating the solitude and loneliness of our increasingly isolated world, but instead, it turned out to be a dead end recipe for writer’s block.

“I realized then that I actually didn’t know how to be okay alone,” reflects the Denver native. “But I also realized that it was okay not to know.”

A deeply honest, intensely personal portrait, the record channels loss and anxiety into acceptance and triumph as Cowles learns to make peace with his demons and redirect his search for satisfaction inwards. Blurring the lines between boisterous indie rock, groovy R&B, and contemplative folk, the music showcases both Cowles’ infectious sense of melody and his stunning vocals, which seem to swing effortlessly from quavering intimacy to a soulful roar as they soar atop his exuberant, explosive arrangements.

Growing up, Cowles first discovered the power of his voice singing hymns at his father’s church in Colorado Springs. Having a pastor for a parent meant heavy involvement in religious life, but Cowles never quite seemed to fit in. At 16 he fell in love with secular music; at 17 he recorded his first proper demos in a friend’s basement; at 18 he was married; at 19 he was divorced. Meanwhile, what began as a solo musical project blossomed into the critically acclaimed band You Me & Apollo, which quickly took over his life. The Denver Post raved that the group created “some of the most exciting original music in Colorado,” while Westword proclaimed that their live show was a “clinic in roots rock mixed with old-school swing and blues,” and Seattle NPR station KEXP hailed “Cowles’ Otis Redding and Sam Cooke inspired vocals.” The band released two albums and toured nationally before they called it quits and amicably went their separate ways.

The parting was a necessary but difficult one for Cowles. In the ensuing months and years, he would find himself alone more than ever before, at one point living out of his Chevy Tahoe just to make ends meet. But rather than break him, the experience only strengthened his resolve, and ‘How To Be Okay Alone’ finds him thriving in the driver’s seat as a solo artist, making the most of solitude while still appreciating that it’s only human to need love and friendship. 

“Hell if I know how to be okay alone,” Cowles reflects on it all with a laugh. “All I know is that I’m grateful for the people that I have, because I don’t think that anyone can get through this life by themselves.”

Saturday, October 6 from 4 - 6 pm at Butte 66 featuring Kyle Hollingsworth

Thirty years ago, Kyle Hollingsworth set out on a career in music.  With a wealth of desire and an abundance of ability, Hollingsworth has established himself as a formidable and versatile music talent deftly able to contribute, collaborate, compose, and communicate on a number of levels and within a vast spectrum of musical environments. Today, as a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has allowed him unrestricted access to the world of music, and has bestowed on him the kind of fearlessness a composer needs to flirt with such disparate genres. Those who’ve seen SCI know that they can jerk from funk to bluegrass on a chord change. “In the jam world, where there are no set ways of doing things, we’re not afraid to move in and out of genres,” he says, “and because of that I’ve learned to be creative, not only onstage but in the studio. I can get on board with something pretty quickly. You have to.”

Live Music @ Butte 66

Join us at Butte 66 at the base of the Red Lady Lift for live music, drinks and food!  Live music in an intimate setting featuring local talent - this is where you'll want to be on summer afternoons!

Rachel VanSlyke will will on the patio at Butte 66 from 2 - 5 pm on August 18 and August 25. Plus, she will play a special early afternoon show on September 1 from 1 - 4 pm. 


In the spring of 2008, this adventurous music maker set out on a 26 plus-city tour sprawling from South Florida to Canada. Many of the shows involved raising awareness and funds for local community bike co-ops and community centers. Did I mention she did this 4,100 miles journey on a bicycle? This pedal powered trek was both to promote the new album, and raise awareness on sustainability and environmental issues. 

Following her Hollywood Music Award Nomination in November of 08, VanSlyke landed in the South East, where she will be regionally touring and giving her audiences a glimpse of her newest material. In February of 09, the track “I’m coming Home” took winner status in the international songwriting contest, “song of the year”. In 2010, "Let me Love you", won the Folk category for "song of the year". In Jan 2011, the track "Table Rock" won Overall Winner in the "100% Music" Song Contest.