Tokyo Police Club, Cold War Kids play Vail’s Mountain Games |

Tokyo Police Club, Cold War Kids play Vail’s Mountain Games

Compiled by Krista Driscoll

Friday, June 6

Tokyo Police Club will continue the free music at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail on Friday, June 6. The Canadian indie rock band is known for its songs that can't help but get stuck in your head. Although most of the band members are only in their late 20s, the band has been together for almost 10 years. Lead singer and guitarist David Monks said that when the band started, indie rock music was not the juggernaut pop genre it is today. Monks is now comfortable with the label and is happy Tokyo Police Club has gone from "flavor of the month" to being recognized for their artistic merit. Soft White Sixties will open at 6:30 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village. Visit for more information.

Catch Salem before they go on tour

Salem is back at the Snake River Saloon on Friday, June 6. The band is performing for the City of Fruita Summer Concert Series, the Crested Butte Resort Pedal and Groove Concert Series and a tour to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod next month, but this is your chance to catch them before they hit the road. Breckenridge band Salem performs Todd Anders Johnson's socially conscious compositions, blending funk, hip-hop and electronica. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.

Nancy Cook plays Farmers Market

Summit County singer-songwriter Nancy Cook will play the Dillon Farmers Market on Friday, June 6. Music is often poetically described as a vehicle. In Cook's case, the term is literal. In the course of her musical career, Cook's songs have taken her far and wide, the Pacific Northwest, the California/Oregon coast, through the Rocky Mountains, down to Texas, out to Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana and overseas to Italy, Jordan, Japan and Korea. She is at ease playing everywhere from large performance halls to cozy pubs and cafes, living room concerts, barefoot beach bars, conferences, outdoor festivals and the like. Cook will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit

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Saturday, June 7

Cold War Kids close out GoPro Games music

Closing out the GoPro Mountain Games stage on Saturday, June 7, will be indie rock darlings Cold War Kids. Cold War Kids means international blues. The band began in August 2004 with friends, jangly guitar, handclaps and a Harmony amp in a storage room atop Mulberry Street restaurant in downtown Fullerton, California. For the first practices, having instruments was secondary to stomping and chanting, clanging on heat pipes and thumping on plywood walls. Cold War Kids strive to make honest songs about human experience in orchards and hotel rooms, laundromats and churches, seaports and school halls. A Million Billion Dying Suns will open at 6:30 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village. For more information, visit

pop, dance covers at the Snake

Urban Dance Theory will play its hot dance sounds with a new female vocalist up front at the Snake River Saloon on Saturday, June 7. Urban Dance Theory packs male and female lead vocals, two keyboards, two guitars, bass, drums and three backup vocalists into just four (or, sometimes, five) human beings to cover popular party hits, including pop, dance and rock. From modern artists such as Lady Gaga, Pink, Rihanna, Jason DeRulo, Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, Beyonce and Adele to a few updated classics from Def Leppard, Prince, Guns 'n Roses and Michael Jackson, Urban Dance Theory gives you no choice but to dance your booty off. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.

Wednesday, June 11

Laser beam pickin' at The Barkley

The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco will host the Kitchen Dwellers on Wednesday, June 11. The boys in this band hail from all over the U.S. With Joe Funk from Alaska, Shawn Swain from Colorado, Torrin Daniels from Montana, Tyler Schultz from Illinois and Kyle Shelstad from Wisconsin, they come together under the standard bluegrass lineup of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass. Combining elements of the intergalactic space travel, bluegrass, blues, psychedelic rock 'n' roll and picking that resembles the sound of laser beams being fired at your head, you'll leave ever wanting more. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the free show at 9:30. Visit for more information.

Thursday, June 12

The Barkley hosts Royal Southern Brotherhood

The Jason Daniels Band will open for The Royal Southern Brotherhood on Thursday, June 12, at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco. With a lineup comprising the iconic Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, The Royal Southern Brotherhood comes pre-loaded with expectations. Don't worry; they can match them. The family tree might be auspicious, but this new band trades on talent, not genealogy. It's not about rock history; it's about the here-and-now. The Royal Southern Brotherhood drags its thrilling new brand of blues-rock and white-hot musicianship from the Southern states onto the world stage. The music starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance online or $15 at the door. Visit for more information.

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