Music Scene: Alma’s Only Bar and The Barkley in Frisco feature free concerts
Ryan Summerlin May 23, 2014
Friday, May 23
Free music at Alma’s Only Bar
Better than Bacon will play a free show at Alma’s Only Bar on Friday, May 23. Better Than Bacon is a rock ’n’ roll band based out of Fort Collins. In an age of smoke-and-mirrors musicianship, this trio is moving the Rocky Mountains with a throwback formula: good, old-fashioned rock, funk and blues sautéed with sizzling guitar, soulful vocal melodies and a thumping rhythm section to match any mood. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.almasonlybar.com for more information.
Snake hosts Lee Rogers Band
The Snake River Saloon in Keystone will welcome The Lee Rogers Band on Friday, May 23. This rocking reunion gig will feature local favorite the X-Man and some other pros, along with dancing and drink specials. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Saturday, May 24
Sweet sounds of Arnie J. Green at the Snake
Arnie J. Green will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Saturday, May 24. To hear an Arnie J Green performance — powerful vocals paired with the sweet play of guitar — is to know his soul- and music-enriched beginnings. Green grew up in Vallejo, Calif., where the Bay Area’s secular and religious music inspired him to his life’s calling. His work with other musicians has varied, taking him from the New Orleans blues of the Subdudes to the Grateful Dead greatness of Shakedown Street and Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Shake it at the Basin with High Five
The Arapahoe Basin May Concert Series Shakin’ at the Basin presents High Five on Saturday, May 24. Somewhere in between the majestic altitude of Colorado’s highest peaks and the jubilation of homegrown music, High 5 has found a synergy that transmutes what may first appear like a traditional jamming performance into a sensory-heightened experience. The players come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, which makes for a fresh, well-traveled sound. The influences of bluegrass, reggae, folk, Americana, jam, trance, Afro-Cuban and good old rock ’n’ roll combine among the group of artists and are amplified into a full room of sonic wealth. The free and family-friendly show runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in the base area. Visit www.arapahoe basin.com/events for more information.
Barkley welcomes Beau Thomas Band
The Beau Thomas Band will play The Barkley Ballroom on Saturday, May 24. Soulful vocals with smooth rhythms and percussion make this a must-see band. Fresh off his appearance on “The Voice,” Beau Thomas leads a talented group of musicians playing originals and all of your favorite covers. The free show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkley ballroom.com for more information.
Sunday, May 25
Music for imbibing from WhiteWater Ramble
Shakin’ at the Basin presents WhiteWater Ramble on Sunday, May 25, at the Arapahoe Basin base area. Described as high-octane Rocky Mountain dancegrass, Whitewater Ramble 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. The free, family-friendly show runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Festival of the Brewpubs. For more information on the festival or the concert, visit www.arapahoebasin.com/events.
Tuesday, May 27
Summit High Jazz band on the road
The Summit High Jazz Band will play a gig at the Dillon Dam Brewery on Tuesday, May 27. Listen to the incredible Summit High Jazz Band play swing and blues and a little bit of rock and Latin rock, and help them raise funds for their trip to Barcelona and southern France. Money raised will also help send students to the Lamont Summer Academy at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. The performance starts at 5 and runs until 6:30 p.m. Come early for happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m., with $2.75 pints and half-price appetizers, plus 30 percent off pub dinners from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.dambrewery.com.
Wednesday, May 28
Get some Damnation in Frisco
The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco will welcome Damnation on Wednesday, May 28. Dan Brewer (of Funky Johnson and High Five), Angie Janzen (of Rojos Calientes and Local Folk) and Mandolin Mike Huberman form the DAM in Damnation. This unique brand of funk-grass is sure to have the dance floor packed on Bluegrass Wednesday at The Barkley. The free show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Thursday, May 29
Two bands for price of none at the Barkley
Hog Magundy will play The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Thursday, May 29, with opening act Afternoon Moon. Hog Magundy’s passion for bluegrass and jam music shines as they bring a new kind of foot-stomping, good-timey grass music. Their shows are a mix of unique originals and covers from across the musical spectrum that will be sure to get the dance party started. Hailing from Illinois, Afternoon Moon has a captivating sound that has been described as psychedelic roots rock ’n’ roll that flows into funky grooves with melodies you can sing along to. The free show starts at 10 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
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