Tuesday, July 22
MarchFourth Marching Band 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 22, with the MarchFourth Marching Band. Aside from their marching band-themed costumes, as well as the five-piece percussion corps and six-part brass section, MarchFourth is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense. MarchFourth is anchored by funky electric bass and has been evolving into a more guitar- and vocal-driven musical experience. 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, July 23
Bluegrass Wednesday at The Barkley
The Pine Dwellers will play Bluegrass Wednesdays at The Barkley Ballroom on Wednesday, July 23. Coming from the historically musically rich town of Nederland, the Pine Dwellers are following in suit with bringing fresh, lively, meaningful music to these beautiful Colorado Rockies. Formed during the summer of 2013, these four musicians, each bring their own unique aspects and sounds to the group, working together to create new pieces of music and play them out to make people dance. The free show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Weekly music happy hour at Next Page books
The Next Page bookstore in Frisco continues its weekly music and happy hour on Wednesday, July 23, 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. McKinnon’s delivery and outstanding musicianship are the stuff of expressive storytelling and satisfying listening. The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit www.nextpagebooks.com for more information.
Thursday, July 24
Barkley hosts Elephant Wrecking Ball
Elephant Wrecking Ball will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Thursday, July 24. An amalgamation of heavy grooves, ambient dub and otherworldly sounds, Elephant Wrecking Ball transports listeners into familiar yet uncharted musical territories. A tight and disciplined drum and bass combo provide a ground-shaking foundation on which an effect-laden trombone applies layers of ethereal mayhem, spinning audiences into a state of submission and head-nodding satisfaction. The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Free live music at Dillon Dam Brewery
The Dillon Dam Brewery will host Fort Collins band Bill Smith & Nunchuck on Thursday, July 24. Taking new steps on the grand musical journey, Smith has found the ability to ferment futuristic songs with classic rock instrumentation and has been leaving music fans breathless with the heavy-hitting sound. Featuring a repertoire of solid original songs seething with hooks and tastefully chosen covers, this is a band that holds a consistently high level of energy throughout its sets. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, visit www.dambrewery.com.
MarchFourth Marching Band at Concert in the Park
Frisco’s Concert in the Park free music series continues on Thursday, July 24, with the MarchFourth Marching Band. This group of 15 to 20 has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). MarchFourth Marching Band has become a Frisco favorite since its first performance here in 2012. The free music runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park, 120 Main St., and concession sales benefit Summit County Preschool. For more information, visit www.townoffrisco.com/events/concert-in-the-park.