Rocky Mountain dance-grass in Frisco
Whitewater Ramble will bring its high-octane Rocky Mountain dance-grass to The Barkley Ballroom tonight. The band uses a simple recipe to craft its sound: Start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. For more than 10 years, Whitewater Ramble has been captivating audiences across the U.S. with an engaging stage presence and insightful and poignant lyrics. Beau Thomas opens. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9. Tickets are $5. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Swerve at the Snake in Keystone
Swerve will play back-to-back shows at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday and Saturday. Denver cover band Swerve performs rock, classic rock and modern country, as well as a variety of other material. The band has performed on large and small stages, bars, festivals and private events, and its stage show and set list are diverse enough to entertain people of all ages and backgrounds. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
AOB hosts local musicians
Alma’s Only Bar will host King & I for a free show tonight. King & I is a six-piece ensemble of some of the most legendary musicians in the South Park area. With more than 50 years of experience combined, King & I covers the classic rock genre and a few originals. Some of the members of King & I have performed with such artists as John Popper of Blues Travelers, Lubriphonic, Rising Lion, Salem and Strive Roots, to mention a few. The band’s performances are energetic and upbeat. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.almas onlybar.com.
DJ jams all weekend at Jonny G’s
Upstairs at Jonny G’s in Frisco will continue the Fourth of July party with music acts all weekend, starting with a recovery party tonight with DJ Landry spinning hip-hop and more at 10 p.m. On Saturday, get your booty shaking with mash-up specialist DJ Tang at 10, and round out the weekend with karaoke with DJ Davina on Sunday at 10. No cover all weekend. Call (970) 668-5442 for more information.
Best of two legendary bands
Dead Floyd, a Grateful Dead/Pink Floyd tribute band, will play three20south today. Dead Floyd is a celebration of the music of two of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest bands, The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd, mashed together into one high-energy, unpredictable show. Drawing from both extensive catalogs of music, the Dead Floyd performances include early rarities to modern classics and everything in between. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the show. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Shake your booty at The Barkley
The Barkley Ballroom will be bumping with the rump-shaking beats of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band on Saturday. Deeply rooted in funk and fully committed to the ongoing evolution of the genre, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has a sound that is unique yet has the power and soul to create lasting melodies and seismic rhythms. The band is Lee Allen on drums, Al Al Ingram on bass and vocals, JP Miller on guitar and vocals, Mary Frances on keys and vocals, Derrick Johnson on trombone and Greg Hollowell on saxophones and flute. Jababa opens. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the music gets going at 9:30. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 the day of the show. For more information, visit www.barkleyballrom.com.
Yamn returns to Breckenridge
Three20south will be rocking on Saturday with live music from Yamn, a band hungrier than ever to push the limits of progressive livetronica. This band is one that scintillates the senses with courageous beats, grooves that cause instant and contagious grins to ripple across the undulating crowds, heartwarming peaks and head-banging rock riffs. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 21 and older show. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the show. For more information, visit www.three20south.com.
Hop the pass for The Revivalists
The Hot Summer Nights series of free concerts continues at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail on Tuesday with music from The Revivalists. Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have rightfully earned their reputation as the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. The group’s blend of soulful, syncopated rock and earnest songwriting comes to life through a meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performance. The band takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.vvf.org for more information.
Free music Wednesday in Frisco
Trout Steak Revival will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday. Catch Trout Steak Revival live, and you can’t help but notice the band’s gift for thriving in the moment. In 2009, the band formed, sparked by jam sessions with close friends during backpacking trips and backyard parties. The sounds of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, dobro and accordion blend in Trout Steak Revival’s bluegrass-inspired mountain music. The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Improv and electronica at three20south
Dopapod will play a 21 and older show at three20south on Thursday. Dopapod is not so much a jam band as it is a band that improvises. It’s an electronic band without computers. It’s a metal band with groove and soul. It’s a funk band that’s not afraid to get intricate. With no regard toward stylistic boundaries, the sound that emerges from the quartet both live and in the studio is as varied and diverse as the many influences that they adapt from. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Concerts in the Park continues in Frisco
The town of Frisco will feature music by Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones as part of its free Concerts in the Park series Thursday. “There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both,” Alvin said. Alvin, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and self-described “barroom guitarist,” is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. A fourth generation Californian, Alvin grew up in Downey, Calif., as the local landscape quickly evolved from orange groves and dairy farms to tract homes and freeways. The music begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park, and refreshments are provided by and benefit High Country Conversation Center. Visit www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
Thursday night acoustic in Breck
Dru Carter plays at Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub, 520 S. Main St., every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. With a mix of original music and covers, Carter delivers a high-energy acoustic rock performance, with classic songs that will make you want to sing along. Call (970) 547-2782 for more information.
Turkuaz brings auditory circus to Breck
The Brooklyn-based funk army known as Turkuaz (pronounced tur-kwahz) will bring its explosive energy to Breckenridge when it returns to three20south on Thursday. The band has wowed crowds across the country from festivals such as Mountain Jam and Bear Creek to Brooklyn Bowl in New York to Slim’s in San Francisco, and this show should prove to be no different. Their stage show combines influences from Sly and the Family Stone to Talking Heads into an explosive auditory and visual circus, a full-frontal assault on the senses. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 9:30. Tickets are $6, and the show is 21 and older. For more information, visit www.three 20south.com.