Free music tonight at AOB
Brian Ernst will play a free show at Alma’s Only Bar on Friday. Brian and Katie Ernst are full-time touring artists and philanthropists. They tour in a full-sized school bus that has been converted into an RV that runs on solar panels and is fueled by waste vegetable oil. Brian has more than 20 instruments on stage and a looping pedal. Using no prerecorded music, he loops and layers his instruments into various songs, melodies and instrumentals best described as acoustic, soul and roots. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.almasonlybar.com.
Archnemesis will grace the three20south stage for a free show tonight. Since its inception in 2009, the Archnemesis sound has been in a constant state of evolution. With musical beginnings firmly established through a strict regimen of classical training on the cello and piano, eventually jazz theory and composition crept in and more instruments such as bass, drums and guitar were discovered and learned. The culmination of this vast musical knowledge ultimately shaped the Archnemesis sound before propelling it through a variety of analog stratospheres and into the digital realm of electronic music production. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts around 10. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
R&B at the Snake
The People Brothers Band will play at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone today and Saturday. The band has solidified over the past five years into an eight-piece rhythm and soul powerhouse. Their eclectic blend of original grooves, conscious lyrics, soulful vocals and high-energy rhythms holds the crowd on the dance floor and keeps them begging for more. From funk to soul, rock to reggae, folk to R&B, they’re guaranteed keep the audience on their feet. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30 for both shows. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
All the way from Nederland
Three20south welcomes Gipsy Moon on Saturday. Gipsy Moon is a five-piece group of wandering artists on an endless journey toward good times and raw expression. With music as their carriage, strings as their weapon and the horizon as their aim, this unconventional band is not one to be missed. The members all take rest in the windy mountains of Nederland, and their sound, often referred to as Gipsygrass, is something like a backwoods hoedown meets the smoking basement of a New York jazz club. Doors open for the free show at 9 p.m., and the music starts around 10. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
'A Grateful Dead celebration' benefits firefighters
On Monday at three20south in Breckenridge, The Sloping Companion presents “a Grateful Dead celebration” to benefit the Colorado Springs Fire Department, featuring music from Pete Jive and Easy Riders. Pete Jive brings with him an insane guitar style and perfectly told life stories through the oral tradition of folk music. The first 25 people in the door every night at the band’s Colorado shows will receive a free 4-inch vinyl sticker that will be used to commemorate the event. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts around 10. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, visit www.three20south.com.
Breck venue hosts New York soul trio
Keeping the free music rolling, three20south will host Sophistafunk on Tuesday. Sophistafunkis an analog soul trio from Syracuse, N.Y., that’s making heads bob and hula-hoops twirl one city at a time. This fierce group blends a deep pocket, powerful lyrics and devastatingly funky vintage-key licks to create a massive, high-energy sound. For six years, this road warrior band has been hitting the pavement and blowing minds across the United States, collaborating live with greats spanning Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Talking Heads) to Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce/Dumpstaphunk). Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts around 10. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Free jams at three20south
Blue Moon Soup will play a free show at three20south on Wednesday. The acoustic folk quartet from Yellow Springs, Ohio, entrances audiences with an eclectic mix of jam-band staples, folk and bluegrass traditionals and original tunes that fuse folk and psychedelia to establish a unique identity in an increasingly homogenized musical landscape. As evidenced by the presence of a fiddle, mandolin, guitar and upright bass, Blue Moon Soup’s bluegrass and Celtic folk roots run deep. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the Soup gets flowing around 10. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Bluegrass at The Barkley Ballroom
The Barkley Ballroom’s Bluegrass Wednesdays return with Tallgrass this week. Raised by wolves, taught by squirrels, enemy of the owl, Tallgrass has those-gravel road vocals, quick-picked guitar and a rhythm section with stomping ground sound. Brothers Adam and Austin Morford formed Tallgrass with Matt Skinner in May 2011, after the three friends played together for nearly a decade as members of the Jensen Connection and the Gglitch. Influenced by old-timey songs while digging through new-timey sounds, Tallgrass writes and performs homemade auditory originals. The show starts around 9:30 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Red Rose groves in Breckenridge
Red Rose, a band from Madison, Wisc., will take the stage at three20south on Thursday. Red Rose is an instrumental live looping electronic, house and groove ensemble consisting of producer and founder Captain Smooth, bassist and audio engineer K Dub and guitarist Funky Fresh. Together, they combine live loops, heavy dance beats, smooth keyboard, silky bass and funky guitar to make an incredibly full sound with endless capabilities. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the free show starts around 10. For more information, visit www.three20south.com.