Today marks the end of the Mayan calendar, a 5,125-year cycle whose end-date has spawned numerous theories about the world's end. Though the End of Days theories have been widely debunked, people are throwing parties around the world to assure that, if our time on Earth is ticking down, we'll at least leave it having fun - and Summit County is no exception.
Tonight, singer/songwriter Dewey Paul Moffitt and midi-saxophonist Cecil "P-Nut" Daniels bring a "Mayan Funkpocalypse" to the Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern, 22954 U.S. 6 in Keystone. Moffitt will perform what he refers to as "funky Americana jams," influenced by the music of JJ Cale, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. Daniels collaborated with groups such as Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Widespread Panic. Local Native American artist and blues musician Leon Joseph Littlebird opens the set. Tickets are $5; doors open at 8 p.m. and the concert starts at 9. If apocalyptic predictions are proven wrong, the Goat will feature John Hickman of Cracker, Jim Dalton of the Denver alt-country band, The Railbenders, and Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers on Saturday. Tickets are $7-10; doors open at 9 p.m. and the concert starts at 10. For more info visit www.thegoattavern.com.
Also in Keystone, Keller Williams and friends play two sold-out concerts at Warren Station Center for the Arts. Both tonight's and Saturday's shows are billed as "End of the World Parties," with refunds for Saturday's show promised to concertgoers should the world, in fact, end today. Williams is joined by Keith Moseley and Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident this evening; his guests Saturday include Moseley and Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese and Dave Watts of The Motet.
In Breckenridge, Eminence Ensemble brings their first-ever acoustic set to three20south to celebrate the world's end, returning Saturday for what they call the "full Eminence Ensemble madness." Based in Boulder, the five-piece progressive electronic rock group combines elements of jazz, rock, funk, classical, hip-hop, reggae and electronica. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.three20south.com and doors open at 9 p.m.
On the other side of the pass, Alma locals are betting that the world won't end, or at least that it will survive the apocalypse. Alma's Only Bar, 12 S. Main St., hosts a free "New Beginning Party" tonight at 9:30 p.m. featuring the reggae/rock band Coral Thief. The band is currently recording its first full-length album, due to be released in the summer of 2013, and gearing up to start a three-month winter tour covering 20 states."We're a very high-energy band that gets the crowd dancing and having a great time," said vocalist David Baty. "No one leaves disappointed. We have a huge passion for what we do and it shows." Fans can download the group's self-recorded EP, "I before E," at music.coralthiefband.com for free; just enter 0 in the price. Geoffrey Braswell, associate professor of anthropology and leading Maya scholar at the University of California, San Diego discussed mankind's obsession with the end of the world with National Public Radio: "The idea that the world will end soon is a very strong belief in Western cultures," he said. "The Maya, we don't really know if they believed the world would ever end." Just in case, there won't be any shortage of opportunities to celebrate the date.