Friday, Aug. 22
Snake River Music Festival continues
The Snake River Music Festival continues on Friday, Aug. 22, at The Keystone Center with “NSO Reunion,” featuring Lina Bahn on violin, Teri Lee on violin, Chas Wetherbee on violin, Jim Lee on cello and David Hardy on cello. Musical selections include Arensky’s Quartet for Two Cellos, Op. 35, Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 12 “American” and Dohnanyi’s Serenade for String Trio. The free concert starts at 7 p.m., and donations are encouraged. To reserve a seat, email Karina Wetherbee at email@example.com or call (970) 485-4801.
Local Folk hold down FAC at Keystone
Local Folk will play Friday Afternoon Club at Keystone on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Summit House at the top of Dercum Mountain. A premier collection of Summit County bluegrass musicians, Local Folk brings a unique sound to The Barkley Ballroom’s free Wednesday bluegrass series. Expect lots of bluegrass with elements of gypsy jazz, rock and blues. FAC runs from 1 to 7 p.m. Visit www.keystoneresort.com for more information.
Back to back free music in Dillon
The free music in Dillon will kick off on Friday, Aug. 22, with free live music at the Dillon Farmers Market from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Tom Gerswhin. Stick around after the market for the Friday Night Concert Series at the Dillon Amphitheater, this week featuring the Pegasus Air Force Academy Rock Band. For more than 50 years, the Academy Band has used the power of music to inspire Air Force personnel and the nation they serve, produce innovative musical programs and products, and communicate Air Force excellence to millions around the globe. The music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit www.townofdillon.com for more information.
Live music is back at AOB
Live music returns to Alma’s Only Bar on Friday, Aug. 22, with SASS. Sweet Alma Soul Sisters, or SASS, is an Alma all-girls band with an eclectic mix of alternative, pop-rock music with lots of soul. SASS plays a lot of music you will recognize, mixed with originals that you will love. The seed of inspiration for the band came one night in the summer of 2010 when Wendy and Karla were singing karaoke together. Hearing Karla’s powerful and beautiful voice hit the high notes with ease, Wendy thought, “There’s potential here.” The free show starts at 8:30 p.m. Call (719) 836-2214 for more information.
Snake welcomes Urban Dance Theory
Urban Dance Theory will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, Aug. 22. Urban Dance Theory packs both 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 the most popular party hits, including pop, dance and rock. From modern artists such as Lady Gaga, Pink and Rihanna 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.
Stoney Live at the MotherLoaded
The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge will host Stoney Live on Friday, Aug. 22, and Sunday, Aug. 24. From Stillwater, Oklahoma, Justin Stone rocks red-dirt music like no other. Covering everything from country music to solid rock hits of the ’80s and ’90s, Stoney Live brings people to their feet and causes spontaneous dancing on the tables. The music starts at 10 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Saturday, Aug. 23
Free music at Dillon Amphitheater
Chase ’n the Dream will take the stage at the Dillon Amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 23, as part of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Sunset at the Summit concert series. Chase not only has a powerful, velvety voice, he has a stage presence that is engaging. He has that energy that makes you want to get up out of your chair and dance and move to the rhythm of the music. The free music starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.townofdillon.com for more information.
Velvety blues at the Snake
Tony Holiday and the Velvetones with opener Dick Earl Erickson will take the stage at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Saturday, Aug. 23. Tony Holiday and The Velvetones are full of blues goodness with a bit of a Southern rock flare. The music is enticing and energetic, and it’s nearly impossible to listen to and stay in your seat. Though harmonica is his strong point, Holiday also plays guitar with a Southern blues style that compliments his harp. He switches seamlessly from harmonica to guitar and back, often in the same song. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Music of The Doors at MotherLoaded
The Strange Parade takes the stage at The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Saturday, Aug. 23, with high-energy, live covers of The Doors. The music starts at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Everything’s Quick & Easy at The Barkley
The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco welcomes The Quick & Easy Boys, a power-trio out of Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, Aug. 23. The band creates its own blend of garage-pop, psychedelic rock and soul. Imagine The Minutemen, The Police, Deer Tick and Funkadelic rolled into one. The Quick & Easy Boys’ shows are an interactive party, with electrifying stage antics and profound musical moments as the trio pours out every ounce of their energy, leaving nothing behind. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the free show. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Sunday, Aug. 24
Final string ensemble for music festival
The Snake River Music Festival presents its final string ensemble on Sunday, Aug. 24, at The Keystone Center with “Cellos R Us,” featuring Chas Wetherbee on violin, Teri Lee on violin, Erika Eckert on viola, Jim Lee on cello and David Hardy on cello. Musical selections include Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 18 No. 1, Barrierre’s Sonata No. 4 in G Major for Two Cellos and Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D. 956. The free concert starts at 7 p.m., and donations are encouraged. To reserve a seat, email Karina Wetherbee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 485-4801.
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 www.doowopdenny.com.
Kenn Lee at The Next page
Kenn Lee will play free live music at The Next Page Books & Nosh on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit www.nextpagebooks.com for more information.
Tuesday, Aug. 26
Free music with John Brown’s Body in Vail
The Bud Light Hot Summer Nights concert series at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail continues on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with John Brown’s Body. Whereas most groups tackle typical reggae themes — religion and marijuana — John Brown’s Body acts more like an indie band, writing songs that use the vocabulary of reggae to express their own experiences. 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 www.vvf.org.
Wednesday, Aug. 27
Weekly music happy hour at Next Page
The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco continues its weekly music and happy hour on Wednesday, Aug. 27, with music from Jobuk Johnson. Singer and guitarist Johnson draws on traditional styles of country and jazz guitar from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. He synthesizes them into a virtuoso style in which bass, chords and melody are played simultaneously. Johnson calls his style “Jackalope Jazz.” The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit www.nextpagebooks.com for more information.
Bluegrass Wednesdays at The Barkley
Bluegrass Wednesdays are back at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Aug. 27 with Caribou Mountain Collective. Fresh off their first-place win in the RockyGrass band competition, this dynamic bluegrass quartet from Nederland returns to Frisco. Drawing on the current revival of roots music and breaking new ground in mountain musical traditions, these young musicians perform high-energy shows that keep the house moving all night. The free show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.barleyballroom.com for more information.
Thursday, Aug. 28
Hometown beats at Dam Brewery
The Dillon Dam Brewery welcomes Salem to the stage on Thursday, Aug. 28. 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. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit www.dambrewery.com for more information.
Stoney Live at the MotherLoaded
The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge will bring back Stoney Live on Thursday, Aug. 28. From Stillwater, Oklahoma, Justin Stone rocks red-dirt music like no other. Covering everything from country music to solid rock hits of the ’80s and ’90s, Stoney Live brings people to their feet and causes spontaneous dancing on the tables. The music starts at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit www.motherloadedtavern.com.