Breck band plays AOB
Breckenridge band Salem will play a free summer solstice show at Alma’s Only Bar tonight. Salem performs Todd Anders Johnson’s socially conscious compositions, blending funk, hip-hop and electronica. Salem has been traveling with Risan Project tours, which include Salem concerts, ski and snowboard film premiers and presentations from environmental organizations such as Protect Our Winters, the Nantucket Land Council and The Climate Project. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.almasonlybar.com for more information.
The Snake brings back The Congress
The Snake River Saloon in Keystone brings back Summit County regulars The Congress for a show tonight. Evoking emotions that you thought had long passed — the feeling of your first cigarette or the way you feel listening to a worn vinyl as it warmly crackles against the sound of a summer night — The Congress is naturally compared to many names and styles of years gone by, but ultimately, the band plays rock ’n’ roll. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Dirty brass at three20south
The Dirty Bourbon River Show will bring its New Orleans gypsy brass circus rock to three20south in Breckenridge tonight. The band deftly melds sounds that range from hard-edged blues to Lisztian piano-driven ballads to New Orleans brass into a result that is truly a blast of new energy onto the musical landscape. Dirty Bourbon grabs hold of audiences, fascinated by their eccentricity and dexterity, coupled with their ability to harken back to by-gone eras in music. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the free show starts around 10. For more information, call (970) 368 3204 or visit www.three20south.com.
Free concert at amphitheater
One Ton Pig will play a free show at the Dillon Amphitheatre tonight to kick off the Friday Night Concert Series. One Ton Pig has released three critically acclaimed and commercially successful CDs of original music (“High On the Hog,” 2008; “Big Norm,” 2010; and “One Ton Pig,” 2012). They also pull out cover tunes from their repertoire of more than 100, bringing smiles to the faces of bar patrons, festival attendees, prison inmates, cowboys, sailors and the like. Visit www.townofdillon.com for more information.
Jamming harmonies at the Snake
Harmonious Junk will celebrate its new album with a CD-release party at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Saturday. Harmonious Junk is a Denver-based rock group fusing jazz, funk, progressive and improvisational styles led by former James Brown lead guitarist Damon Wood. The band was voted best Jamband by Westword magazine in 2005 and plays 60 to 80 Colorado shows per year. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Music with your bacon
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour at River Run Village in Keystone will feature live music from Hamilton Loomis and Hell’s Belles on Saturday. Loomis is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues-based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience. Spanning youth and tradition, Loomis bridges the gap between generations of music-lovers both in the U.S. and around the world. The Belles are a six-member, all-female AC/DC tribute band. Representing a new generation of women who won’t be intimidated, Hell’s Belles actively encourage their legions of lady fans to stand up and be counted and collaborate with women musicians and causes as a part of the mission towards rock ’n’ roll inclusion. Loomis takes the stage at 1:30 p.m., and Hell’s Belles go on at 4:15. For more information, visit www.keystonefestivals.com/index.php/bacon-tour.
Wash down the beer with some Rum
The Lake Dillon Brew Festival has live music of its own, with Number 9 Coal at 2:30 p.m., Hot Buttered Rum at 5 and the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue at 7:30. Headliner Hot Buttered Rum was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts, minds and bodies of thousands. Brew festival tasting passes are $30 per person, or skip the beer and check out the music for $5. For more information, email event director Molly Speer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockin’ oldies with DooWop Denny
Starting Sunday, DooWop Denny will bring his rockin’ oldies show back to The Blue Spruce Inn in Frisco. Lifelong guitarist and vocalist DooWop Denny delivers a feel-good mix of ’50s and ’60s rock, island tunes, slow dancing and more. His knack for connecting with the audience and playing to the crowd brings excitement to the dance floor, smiles on faces and a whole lot of fun. The show runs from 4 to 7 p.m. every Sunday through Sept. 1. Visit www.doowopdenny.com or call The Blue Spruce at (970) 668-5900 for more information.
More bacon-friendly beats
Hamilton Loomis will return to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour stage in Keystone on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., followed by live music from The SteelDrivers at 4:15. Only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. For more information, visit www.keystonefestivals.com/index.php/bacon-tour.
Free music at The Barkley Ballroom
Stereo Reform will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom on Sunday. Hailing from Greenville, S.C., Stereo Reform is a fusion of the creative talents of Neil Turner on bass, keys and lead vocals and Will Evans on guitar, keys and backup vocals. With the 2008 release of their first album, “Robots of Evolution,” Stereo Reform introduced the world to their signature sound, “dance-a-funk-a-rock-a-tronic,” a true synthesis of rock, dance, funk and pop. Doors open at 9 p.m., and Stereo Reform cranks up the sound at 9:30. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Fast cars, pretty women in Frisco
Woody Pines takes the stage at The Barkley Ballroom on Tuesday. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woodie Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the free show starts at 9:30. For more information, visit www.barkleyballroom.com.
Trek to Vail for The Dunwells
The Hot Summer Nights series of free concerts continues at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail on Tuesday with music from The Dunwells. Emerging from the pubs and clubs of Leeds, England, their hometown in 2009, The Dunwells are brothers Joseph Dunwell (vocals, guitar) and David Dunwell (guitar, piano, banjo), along with cousins Jonny Lamb (vocals, drums) and Rob Clayton (bass) and longtime best mate Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel). Their stellar musicianship, classic roots songwriting and soaring harmony vocals have already made instant but lasting impressions on scores of fans. The band takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.vvf.org for more information.
Barkley thrums with Cali retro rock
The Deltaz will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom on Thursday. Above the beautiful beaches and glamorous neighborhoods of California, deep in the secluded mountains, you can hear the pulse of Mississippi Delta Blues, the harmony of American folk music and the rumble of retro rock — this sound is The Deltaz. The Deltaz are two brothers, John and Ted Siegel. Since they were boys, they idolized the great American musicians of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 9:30 show. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Concerts in the Park continue
The town of Frisco will feature music by Paa Kow’s By All Means Band as part of its free Concerts in the Park series Thursday. Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer and teacher of music who grew up in a small village called Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa. Paa Kow displays a unique ability to speak to listeners with his drums in a deeply spiritual conversation. His songs are captivating and danceable, and the lyrics are a mixture of Paa Kow’s native language, Fante, and English. The music begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park, and refreshments are provided by and benefit Carriage House. Visit www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
Crux at the Dillon Dam Brewery
Summit County-based band Crux will bring heavy metal, punk and plenty of rock ’n’ roll to the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday. The band is Jason Nix on lead guitar and vocals, Kendrick Flor on drums and vocals and Ryan Nagle on bass, vocals and production. Crux lists Tool, A Perfect Circle and Metallica among its influences. Call (970) 262-7777 for more information.