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Music Scene: Live music at the Lake Dillon Tavern

Compiled by Krista Driscoll

Friday, July 4

U Rock comes to The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Friday, July 4. U Rock is a fun and unique live karaoke band that lets the crowd get involved in the live show by coming up and singing. They play hundreds of hit songs from yesterday and today and are always adding new material and changing the song list to keep up to date. And just like a karaoke show, when you come up to sing, the lyrics are on two screens for you to follow along with. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the karaoke starts at 9:30. Patrons younger than 21 are allowed with someone older than 21, and there's no cover. Visit for more information.

Saturday, July 5

Live music at the Lake Dillon Tavern

The Lake Dillon Tavern will host Transfer Station on Saturday, July 5. Transfer Station consists of two long-time friends and musicians with a very widespread love for music in every genre. Growing up in the heat of Phoenix, Transfer Station really found its sound when moving to the mountains of Colorado. With producer Scott Rhatigan and guitarist Dylan Gunn, you can be sure to be moving on the dance floor. From hip-hop break beats and samples to funky riffs and bass lines to a melodic chill wave, these guys will take you on a roller coaster of genres. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there's no cover. For more information, visit

Broad range of cover songs in Dillon

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The Sunset at the Summit Concert Series at the Dillon Amphitheater continues on Saturday, July 5, with the Moses Jones Band. The Moses Jones Band is a dance band with an amazing sound, covering songs from current pop and dance to rock, ska, blues, swing and even '70s funk and disco. The band has performed all over Colorado and beyond, including Denver, Vail, Steamboat, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Crested Butte, plus Hollywood, California; Big Sky, Montana; and more. The free music starts at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Salem returns to the Snake in Keystone

The Snake River Saloon in Keystone will have live music from local band Salem on Saturday, July 5. Salem been touring nationally for eight years at festival, club and action sports events from the group's home in Breckenridge. The band performs Todd Anders Johnson's socially conscious compositions, blending hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.

Sunday, July 6

Dark Star Orchestra plays Dillon Town Concert

Dark Star Orchestra comes to town on Sunday, July 6, for the Town Concert at the Dillon Amphitheater. Playing more than 130 shows a year, every year, Dark Star Orchestra has made it to the Grateful Dead's staggering milestone of 2,318 shows played in nearly half the time. That commitment shows, too, with Rolling Stone heralding them as "Dead tribute wizards" in its write-up of this summer's Gathering of the Vibes festival. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use the catalog of original songs and often-played covers to create a unique set list for the show. The show is free and starts at 6 p.m. Visit for more information.

Post-Dark Star show at Lake Dillon Tavern

The Lake Dillon Tavern will host a special post-Dark Star Orchestra show on Sunday, July 6, with Homegrown Mountain Jams. The all-star lineup includes Jake Wolf of Shakedown Street and the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review, Arnie J. Green, Dewey Paul Moffitt of the Dewey Paul Band, Ryan Emmett, Kendra Burnett, Matt Workman of the Dewey Paul Band, Christophari of Funk Johnson and special guest performers. The group will perform two sets of Grateful Dead covers. The music will run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and there's a $5 cover. For more information, visit

DooWop Denny at Blue Spruce

For the 15th year in a row, DooWop Denny brings his rockin' oldies show back to the Blue Spruce Inn in Frisco on Sunday afternoons for the summer. After a sunny season rocking Florida beach towns, Denny is looking forward to another summer in Summit County. His knack for connecting with the audience and playing to the crowd brings excitement to the dance floor, smiles to faces and a whole lot of fun to Frisco. Drop in for drinks, a bite to eat and your favorite '50s and'60s songs. The music runs from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Monday, July 7

Barkley's New open jam night

Play an instrument? Come showcase your talents while jamming with other Summit County and visiting musicians every Monday at The Barkley Ballroom's Open Jam. Drum set, amps, piano, mikes, sound engineer and more are set up for your use. You don't have to play music to enjoy Open Jam night, with great drink specials and lots of seating. The jam starts at 9 p.m., and there's no cover. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, July 8

Help Mikey P 'n Key go on the road

Support a pair of Summit County musicians at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco this weekend. Local hip-hop duo Mikey P 'n Key are taking the nation by storm and have been invited to participate in a huge record label's new artist showcase this weekend. Help them with travel and lodging costs by coming to their concert on Tuesday, July 8. Bar proceeds and door donations will go directly to the artists. Doors open at 9 p.m., with a suggested donation of $5. Visit for more information.

Big Sam's Funky Nation plays free show in Vail

The Bud Light Hot Summer Nights concert series at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail continues on Tuesday, July 8, with Big Sam's Funky Nation. Big Sam's Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is "tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!" The band is led by trombone powerhouse Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whom the San Francisco Chronicle calls "the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz." Hot Summer Nights shows are free to the public, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and happy hour with food and drink specials until the start of the concert at 6:30. For more information, like "Vail Free Concerts" on Facebook or visit

Wednesday, July 9

Weekly music happy hour at Next Page books

The Next Page bookstore in Frisco continues its new weekly music and happy hour on Wednesday, July 9, with music from Randall McKinnon. After growing up in south Arkansas and a stint in graduate school in Denver, McKinnon has settled into Colorado's High Country and proven himself as a favorite on the local entertainment circuit. The music runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Thursday, July 10

Free show at The Barkley Ballroom

Alex Paul and the Firewall will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Thursday, July 10. Hailing from Durango, Alex Paul and the Firewall was forged in the fires of a mutual affinity for music with a groove to it. With a wide array of influences and inspirations, they bring a genre-eluding blend of rock, funk, Americana and blues, with lyrics sung from the soul and rhythms that one almost can't help but want to dance to. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there's no cover. Visit for more information.

Summit County five-piece rocks the Dam

Todd Johnson & Breaking Blues will play the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, July 10. This homegrown Summit County five-piece band plays blues-rock. The free music starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit for information.

Adam Ezra Group at Concert in the Park

Frisco's Concert in the Park free music series continues on Thursday, July 10, with Adam Ezra Group. This roots-rock band's live performances are sweaty, passionate affairs, which have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Having toured with Rusted Root, The Wailers, The Avett Brothers and Jason Mraz, the Adam Ezra Group has graduated from the local Boston scene to the national level with a momentum that is catapulting them toward being one of the country's most talked about bands. The free music runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park, 120 Main St., and concession sales benefit the High Country Conservation Center. For more information, visit

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