Friday, Jan. 10
The Johnny Truscelli Band will play a free show at Jonny-G’s in Frisco on Friday, Jan. 10. On his website, Truscelli describes his music as “soulful Americana rock with a timeless sound and sweet guitar leads.” The hometown Midwest songwriting of Truscelli’s debut album, “Leave Tomorrow,” warms the soul with something familiar sounding and rocks you at the same time. The free show starts at 10 p.m. Download or listen to tracks at www.cdbaby.com/cd/truscelli.
Party blues at The Goat
Andy Frasco will play with the Kris Lager Band at The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern in Keystone on Friday, Jan. 10. Frasco, a 23-year-old blues/jazz musician hailing from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, is nothing short of an enigma. Influenced by Damien Rice, Sam Cooke, Professor Longhair, Van Morrison and Tom Waits, Frasco’s style is as uninhibited as those artists who inspire him. Let’s call it party blues. The show starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit www.soupandwhiskey.com/events for more information.
The Living Wills at AOB
Alma’s Only Bar will host The Living Wills for a free show on Friday, Jan. 10. The Living Wills are a high-energy rock and blues band from Denver, promoting love, enlightenment, science and spirit. It’s music that makes people feel good and want to dance — modern soul with ancient roots. The band hits the highs, the lows and all the dynamic in-betweens. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.almasonlybar.com.
Emancipator comes to Breckenridge
Emancipator and Russ Liquid will play three20south in Breckenridge on Friday, Jan. 10. Based out of Portland, Ore., Emancipator, aka Doug Appling, has become one of the most buzz-worthy electronica trip-hop acts of his time. Not only does he create music that is known for having an underlying feeling of balance and connection, Appling is also a successful entrepreneur with the recent launch of his own record label, Loci Records. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Snake hosts the MTHDS
The MTHDS will rock the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, Jan. 10, and Saturday, Jan. 11. Music That Heightens Different Senses combine the fury of punk, the street-wise soul of hip-hop and funk with an over-the-top bombastic roots party groove. The band says their music is “like the Partridge family if the mom was Lauryn Hill and the kids were Jimi Hendrix, Common, Peter Tosh, Sid Vicious and Q-tip.” Doors open both nights at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Saturday, Jan. 11
Double-header show at three20south
Turkuaz and Sophistafunk will co-headline a show at three20south in Breck on Saturday, Jan. 11. Sighting Talking Heads and Sly and the Family Stone as some of its main influences, the funk army known as Turkuaz has been gaining momentum all throughout the United States. After forming in Boston in 2008, this nine-piece powerhouse relocated to Brooklyn with the desire of gaining success in New York’s funk scene. Turkuaz is spending the beginning of 2014 on a full U.S. tour, which includes six stops in Colorado. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Sam Holt Band at The Goat
The Sam Holt Band will take over The Goat in Keystone on Saturday, Jan. 11. Holt is known for his on-stage appearances with Widespread Panic and his national touring band Outformation. Sam Holt Band formed in late 2011 after Holt relocated to Colorado. “I’m so lucky to have these guys in the band. Everyone is a great player, and we listen to each other,” said the transplanted Southerner. Doors open at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit www.soupandwhiskey.com/events for more information.
Tallgrass, Whitewater Ramble in Frisco
Tallgrass will open for Whitewater Ramble at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Saturday, Jan. 11. Self-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 Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. The free show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Monday, Jan. 13
‘Break’ out the beats in Breck
Three20south will host T Bird and The Breaks on Monday, Jan. 13. Looking for band that is funky and has a whole lot of soul? Want to dance the night away to a solid rhythm section that also includes trombone, sax and male- and female-fronted vocals? Look no further than T Bird and The Breaks. Since forming in 2007, this Austin, Texas-based band has been invited to perform with artists such as The Flaming Lips, Sting and more. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $5. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Members of moe. at three20south
Floodwood, featuring members of moe., will take the stage at three20south in Breckenridge on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Floodwood is the newest project of Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico from moe. The band also includes Jason Barady, Nick Piccininni and Zachary Fleitz, all professional musicians who have spent the past 20 years touring the world. Despite only being a band for about a year, Floodwood has already managed to gain a strong following on the East Coast due to its regular touring and festival appearances. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 21 and older show, and tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Free music at The Barkley
The Uptown Toodeloo String Band will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The band is a bluegrass Grateful Dead tribute that is a rotating cast of some of Colorado’s best musicians and has made a name for itself in Frisco, where it has a winter-long residency. January’s band features National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant, of Grant Farm, a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with a wide range of musical expertise. Other members of Grant Farm along with members of Great American Taxi, Coral Creek and more will be picking on your favorite Dead tunes all night. The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Thursday, Jan. 16
BoomBox invades The Barkley
BoomBox will play its winter tour opener at The Barkley Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 16.
BoomBox consists of two versatile producers, DJs, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and longtime friends Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux. Together, they develop an electronic blend of vintage rock and blues made to move dance floors while incorporating their signature backbeat, psychedelia and funky house sounds. Ramona opens at 9 p.m., and tickets are $25. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com to purchase tickets or for more information.
Dusty 45s play the Gold Pan
Seattle’s Dusty 45s will play the Gold Pan Saloon on Main Street in Breckenridge on Thursday, Jan. 16. The band delivers its rockin’, high-energy music at just the right throttle to keep fans on their feet, begging for more. Over the years, the group has devoured styles ranging from twang country, jump blues and surf to pure rock ’n’ roll, mixed in elements from influences such as Dixieland and jazz and now serve it up as a sizzling sound all its own. Visit www.reverbnation.com/dusty45s for more information.
Live music at the brewery
The Jaredd Reed Band brings its smooth Texarkana-based folk rock to the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, Jan. 16. Starting his career in 1998 as a drummer, Reed has played on the Warped Tour, SXSW and Buzz Over Tour. As a solo artist, Reed has played at the SXSW, Mudrun Festivals, Quadrangal Festivals, Railfest and many others. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.dambrewery.com for more information.