Friday, Dec. 20
Eminence Ensemble, a five-piece progressive electronic rock group based in Boulder, will play back-to-back shows at three20south in Breckenridge on Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21. Since forming in 2008, Eminence Ensemble has been mesmerizing the Colorado music scene through its eloquent, inventive composition style and captivating, explosive performances. Elegantly fusing elements of jazz, rock, funk, classical, hip-hop, reggae and electronica, Eminence Ensemble’s technical prowess is surpassed only by its robust blend of composition and improvisation. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets to both shows are $5 in advance or $12 at the door. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Denver’s JV3 at the Snake
The Snake River Saloon will host The JV3 on Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21. Denver’s premiere ’90s pop-rock cover trio, The JV3 brings a straightforward, unique and fresh sound to familiar ’80s, ’90s and newer songs. Doors open at 4 p.m. both nights, and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Midnight Blue at Warming Hut
The Warming Hut restaurant in Breckenridge will host Midnight Blue, a smoky blues duo, for après on Friday, Dec. 20. The free music runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Visit www.warminghutrestaurant.com for more information.
Free music at AOB
New Speedway Boogie will play a free show at Alma’s Only Bar on Friday, Dec. 20. The band plays Grateful Dead and other ’70s-style tunes. “Grateful Dead music has been an inspiration to millions of people around the world, and we were no exception,” said Gil Layton, of New Speedway Boogie. “The music is intricate, difficult to play, but such a joy. We feel like we’re carrying on a tradition of sharing this beautiful music and vibe with people in Colorado.” The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.almasonlybar.com for more information.
Late après at The Barkley
Make a late après-ski date with John Runnels at The Barkley Ballroom on Friday, Dec. 20. Raised in suburban Colorado, Runnels began writing songs at the age of 16. He had his start as a street musician on the 16th Street Mall in Denver, turning strangers into fans one person at a time. Influenced by artists ranging from indie folk acts The Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver to classics such as The Beatles and Nick Drake, Runnel’s sound synthesizes the acoustic singer-songwriter style with a modern pop-rock experience. The music starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Saturday, Dec. 21
Wake Up and Live in Frisco
Wake Up and Live will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Saturday, Dec. 21. Wake Up and Live is a tribute to Bob Marley. Taking pride in approaching Marley’s music from an improvisational mindset, Wake Up and Live isn’t afraid to explore and open the music. Mixing elements of jam, dub and rock, Wake Up and Live will get you moving. The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Sunday, Dec. 22
Blackalicious at three20south
Three20south in Breckenridge hosts Blackalicious with Safe One on Sunday, Dec. 22. For nearly two decades, Blackalicious has been performing its uplifting “positive tip” hip-hop, similar to that of fellow West Coast veterans Pharcyde and Jurassic 5. Blackalicious consists of rapper Gift of Gab (Tim Barker), known for his “tongue-twisting” and complex beats, and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley). Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts around 10. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 the day of the show. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.