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Matisyahu to perform at Crested Butte's Skitown Breakdown

Spring has sprung at Crested Butte as the resort gets set for Skitown Breakdown, an all-day music festival.
Spring has sprung at Crested Butte as the resort gets set for Skitown Breakdown, an all-day music festival.
Kate Bongiovanni

Longer days, softer snow conditions, more than the usual amount of skiers on the mountain midweek. Welcome to spring break--skier style.

You know spring has arrived in the mountains when the lunches on the deck are extended (perfect for tanning), the après-ski hours become longer, the goggle tans grow deeper, and the layers get lighter. But spring skiing wouldn't be complete without some entertainment, especially that which comes in the form of concerts after you've skied all day.

You'll find great music at Crested Butte this weekend when the mountain resort hosts its annual spring concert. Skitown Breakdown, formerly known as FestEVOL, hits the mountain on Saturday, March 22, and brings three free shows throughout the day at various locations around the resort before closing out the night with The Samples opening for Matisyahu in the base area tent.

"Music and skiing or riding in springtime conditions go hand in hand," explains Scott Clarkson, vice president of sales and marketing at CBMR. "In the past, we hosted 'Festevol' for our spring concert. Skitown Breakdown is replacing this great event with a name that truly identifies what we’re doing. We’re a great Colorado ski town and we will be breaking down with some fantastic music all over the mountain, all day long. It doesn’t get any better!"

The free fun and entertainment begins at 11 a.m. at Crested Butte's Paradise, the on-mountain lodge with one of the largest sundecks in the country that's perfect for soaking in the mid-day sun. Grab some grub at the outdoor barbeque and listen to the tunes. Then head to Ice Bar at Uley's Cabin for the second show that will begin at 1 p.m. Round out your day on the snow with après ski at Butte 66 in the base area, where local band Mine Control will perform from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The music celebration culminates with the official Skitown Breakdown concert at 6:30 p.m. in the base area tent where The Samples open for Matisyahu. General admission tickets for this portion of the festivities are $20 per person (until March 20 at 11:59 p.m. at this website) or $30 day-of at the resort's Adventure Center. Or purchase tickets at $75 each for the VIP experience, which includes a spot in the special viewing area inside the venue, private bathrooms, a private bar with three drinks included in the ticket price, and appetizers.

For more details and lodging packages, which begin at $115 per person and include one night at the Grand Lodge Crested Butte plus a single-day lift ticket and general admission to the concert, check out the Skitown Breakdown website.

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