Hometown show for Summit grads
Eminence Ensemble will bring hometown kids back to The Barkley Ballroom tonight. Eminence Ensemble is a five-piece progressive electronic rock group based out of Boulder. Since forming in 2008, the Summit High School graduates have been mesmerizing the Colorado music scene through their eloquent, inventive composition style and captivating, explosive performances, elegantly fusing elements of jazz, rock, funk, classical, hip-hop, reggae and electronica. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9. Tickets are $10. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Glitta Kings show at AOB
Alma’s Only Bar will rock to the sounds of the Glitta Kings tonight. The music is roots hip-hop, pop, R&B fun, with DJ Queen B, who is an avid electronic DJ, said band member Jordan Polovina. “We are inspired by the whole music experience,” he said. “We believe there is value in all forms of music, whether it makes you dance or cry. Music is our reason for existing. … Last time we played at AOB, I let the people at the show shave things into my head — funny.” Expect high-energy, fun, danceable music with some really neat vocal work, Polovina said. The free show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.al masonlybar.com for more information.
First dose of Frogs at the Snake
Frogs Gone Fishin’ will bring their genre-bridging groove to the Snake River Saloon in Keystone today. According to the band’s Facebook page, at a Frogs Gone Fishin’ show, fans are treated to heavy-hitting rock and funk with the Frogs’ signature improvisational twist. In an age of auto-tuned vocals and laptop superstars, it’s great to find a band that relies on vocal harmonies, strong melody and dynamic rhythms to keep its fans coming back. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Whiskey with your barbecue
In celebration of the Colorado BBQ, Jonny-G’s will feature live bluegrass with Whiskey Tango tonight. “Imagine if Bela Fleck and Jerry Garcia (or Janis Joplin, if that’s a better visual for you) conceived a baby during an underground rave,” said Zac Steinman, acoustic rhythm and lead guitar for Whiskey Tango. “In layman’s lingo, bluegrass meets rock ’n’ roll meets electronic meets your face!” The band cranks up the beats at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.jonnygs.com.
Frogs stay for second round in Keystone
The Snake River Saloon in Keystone will host an encore performance with Frogs Gone Fishin’ on Saturday night. Frogs Gone Fishin’ plays more than 160 shows every year, and the crowd of FGF fans is as diverse as the set list, where hippies and hipsters, heads and first-timers groove together in one sweaty dance party. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Nashville tunes at The Barkley
Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels will light up the stage at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Saturday. If the late night scene on Broadway Street in Nashville, Tenn., could talk, it would sing you a Prestwood tune. Drenched in the honest twang that made Gram Parsons and Hank Williams household names, the classic crooner’s carefree vocals and careful guitar playing feel more like country than a worn-in pair of cowboy boots. Matt “Flanders” Meehan opens at 7:30 p.m., and Prestwood goes on at 8:30. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit www.barkleyballroom.com.
End it right with DJ Crisp at Jonny-G’s
The party continues at Jonny-G’s in Frisco on Saturday with the Official “Unofficial” BBQ Close Out Party. All good things must come to an end, so come on up and work off all of that barbecue with DJ Crisp spinning new and old school hip-hop starting at 9 p.m. There’s no cover, and buck a bones will be accepted. For more information, visit www.jonnygs.com.
Fresh beats, sweet harmonies
Transfer Station will play a set at Buckmoors Sports Lounge in Dillon with host DJ Matt Heppe on Saturday. Transfer Station is musical duo made up of Scott Rhatigan and Dylan Gunn. Born and raised in Phoenix, these two have made their way to Summit County, where together they have fused the fresh beats from musical genius Rhatigan and the sweet harmonies of Gunn’s electric guitar. Transfer Station goes on at 11 p.m. For more information, call (970) 468-2006.
Talking Heads covers in Frisco
The Barkley Ballroom will host a free show with Naïve Melodies on Sunday. Naive Melodies was formed in Arcata, Calif., early in 2011, performing and honoring music created by Talking Heads. Sets are designed to interweave older and newer Talking Heads songs. Fans can expect to hear a wide range of material, from early art-rock to radio hits and everything between. With blends of three-part harmonies, synthesizers and heavy grooves, this three-piece dance machine does Talking Heads right. The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyball room.com for more information.
Salt Lake, rock city
Salt Lake City rock ’n’ roll band The Weekenders will hit The Barkley Ballroom on Monday. Raised on classic rock and Motown, but seduced by the crunch of grunge, The Weekenders embrace fuzz, groove and soul. Their music has been used in TV and film and showcased in Octobers Relix Magazine. After playing several gigs at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, they are keeping the momentum alive with a new album and a full tour of Colorado. The free show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.barkleyballroom.com.
Hot Summer Nights begin in Vail
The Hot Summer Nights series of free concerts gets rolling at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail on Tuesday with music from The Freddy Jones Band. These roots-rock specialists follow in the tradition of groups such as the Eagles, The Band and The Allman Brothers. With influences that stretch across the archives of musical history, the sound of The Freddy Jones Band blends blues, rock and folk music. New this year, the amphitheater is hosting Hot Summer Happy Hour, where guests can get food and beverage specials from 5:30 p.m. until the band takes the stage at 6:30. Visit www.vvf.org for more information.
‘Chicken-fried prison music’
High Country regulars One Ton Pig will play The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday. Based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., One Ton Pig has been a resident at the legendary Silver Dollar Bar for years, where the band plays what it calls “chicken-fried prison music,” essentially “down-and-dirty outlaw country, bluegrass and Americana.” Some of the group’s influences are Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Del McCoury. The free show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Free concert at Frisco Historic Park
Chicago Farmer will play a free show at the Frisco Historic Park on Thursday as part of Frisco’s Concerts in the Park series. The son of a small-town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow Midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. The music runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and refreshments are provided by and benefit Swan Center Outreach. Shows are pet-friendly, and no outside alcohol is allowed. Visit www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
Return of the Frisco Disco
Frisco Disco returns to The Barkley Ballroom on Thursday. Frisco Disco was the place to be when The Barkley Ballroom was Barkley’s West 10 years ago. “From the first day The Barkley Ballroom opened this past winter, every long-time local has told me their story about Frisco Disco and begged me to bring it back,” said Todd Altschuler, of The Barkley Ballroom. “There’s so much history in this room and this is obviously the event that tugs most at Frisco’s heart strings.” Frisco Disco will start at 8 p.m., and anyone dressed in ’70s attire will drink free drafts and wells until 10. DJ Soul Atomic from Telluride will host the night. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
— Daily News staff reports