Drunk Hearts at AOB
Alma’s Only Bar will host The Drunken Hearts for a free show today. The Drunken Hearts are by their own reckoning a deeply Colorado band, and their sound is further evidence that the six-piece band comes from the High Country. It’s a rock vibe imbued with country soul. Frontman Andrew McConathy’s voice is like moss blanketing a boulder — soft on top but solid underneath. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.almasonlybar.com for more information.
The Snake hosts the Dog
New Family Dog will take the stage at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone today. New Family Dog is Jon Ridnell’s latest incarnation aimed at getting back to his funk and jazz roots. The band features Ridnell on guitar and vocals, son Miles Ridnell on bass and vocals, Steve Saviano on drums, Paul Stadler on sax and Dave Lyons on percussion. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Music of Johnny Cash at Copper
Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out will play the Warrior Dash Stage at Copper Mountain today. Over the past couple of decades, tribute bands have become big business in the world of concert promotion. And, not surprisingly, the more popular ones are the acts that are most authentic. Such is the case with Cash’d Out, a San Diego-based band that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. The free show runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit www.coppercolorado.com for more information.
Free Funk Friday at three20south
Celebrate Free Funk Friday at three20south today with Funky Johnson. Johnson plays everything from James Brown to Soul Coughing with its own funky twist. Tight drum beats, solid bass and a funky electric guitar are what makes these guys fun and funky. The band features the bassist from High Five, banjo and guitarist form the Luv Brother and the drummer from Flux Five laying down the funk. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts at 10. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Tunes from Back in the Day
The Dillon Amphitheatre’s Friday Night Concert Series presents Back in the Day tonight. Back in the Day is a multitalented old-school Motown band from Denver. The music is sure to take you back in the day and bring back old memories while creating new ones. The music starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 9. Visit www.townofdillon.com for more information.
Colorado transplant rocks The Barkley
The Sam Holt Band will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom on Saturday. Holt is known for his onstage appearances with Widespread Panic and his national touring band, Outformation. The Sam Holt Band formed in late 2011 after Holt relocated to Colorado. “I’m so lucky to have these guys in the band. Everyone is a great player, and we listen to each other,” said the transplanted Southerner. Doors open at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Music for Warriors at Copper
The Yawpers will take to the Warrior Dash Stage at Copper Mountain on Saturday. Led by dynamic young singer-songwriter Nate Cook and guitarist Jesse Parmet, emerging Boulder trio The Yawpers (named after Walt Whitman’s promise to “sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world”) recall a grittier version of Wilco, with as much raw country sensibility as twisted indie imagination. The free show runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit www.coppercolorado.com for more information.
More free music at AOB
Head out to Alma’s Only Bar on Saturday for a free show with The Hatter’s Blend. This band is composed of four musicians and a techie, all with the overwhelming urge to rock. Their music is a combination of funk rhythms, smooth and powerful bass lines, screaming guitar riffs and jam style drumming. They are also known for finishing a rocking electric set by joining the crowd and doing some acoustic bluegrass jams, which have become fan favorites. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.almasonlybar.com for more information.
Sweet harmonies at the Snake
Harmonious Junk will get the party started 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.
Tumbleweed Wanderers in Breckenridge
Three20south in Breckenridge hosts the Tumbleweed Wanderers on Saturday. This Oakland, Calif., band combines soul, folk and rock ’n’ roll to create a hugely dynamic musical experience. They weave through their shows with smooth transitions, bringing the listener from dark chaotic banjo-rock, through intimate acoustic harmonies to energetic explosions of soul. Doors open at 9, and the music starts at 10. Tickets are $7 in advance or $9 at the door. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Beach Boys revisited in Dillon
Kahuna Beach Party will play a free show at the Dillon Amphitheatre on Saturday as part of the Sunset at the Summit concert series. Kahuna Beach Party is a musical celebration of the Beach Boys, a lighthearted tribute to the fun and optimistic feeling of the early 1960s — a time of relaxing days spent at the beach, surfboards, fast cars and the promise of perpetual youth and beauty. The music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit www.townofdillon.com for more information.
Time for bluegrass in Vail
Mountain Standard Time will play a free show at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail on Tuesday as part of the Hot Summer Nights concert series. As a bluegrass band that’s anything but traditional, Mountain Standard Time follows in the footsteps of such Colorado greats as The String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. While leading acoustically with guitar and mandolin, the band brands its own style, boasting a big, full-band sound with keyboards, electric bass, drums and electronic effects. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the free show starts at 6:30. Visit www.vvf.org for more information.
Concerts in the Park series ends
The town of Frisco’s Concerts in the Park series wraps up Thursday with music from Off the Record. This five-member dance band has teamed up to form a different type of dance band: You won’t hear “Brick House,” “Old Time Rock & Roll” or “New York, New York.” What you will hear are fun, well-known and loved dance favorites, predominantly from the ’70s through today. The music begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park, and refreshments are provided by and benefit the Summit County Preschool. Visit www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
Get your Holler on
The Dillon Dam Brewery welcomes The Holler! on Thursday. The Holler! presents a unique sound that is a blend of bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll and folkadelic melody, created with passion and a focus on prolific song writing. With four bombastic baritone voices atop mandolin, guitar, bass and drums, The Holler! has delivered energetic and memorable performances along with creative melodies since 2002. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.dambrewery.com for more information.