Summit County music roundup July 20-26 |

Summit County music roundup July 20-26

by Claire Higgins and Erica MarciniecSummit Daily News

Special to the DailyGreat American Taxi, featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon as lead singer, mandolin and acoustic guitar player, brings their "Americana without borders" to the River Run Rocks stage in Keystone at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Dakota Blonde is an acoustic trio performing originals and covers that combine folk, bluegrass and country with a Celtic tinge. Made up of South Dakotan vocalist Mary Huckins, Don Pinnella on guitar and Tony Radell on acoustic bass, Dakota Blonde has shared the stage with Nickel Creek, John McEuen and Tony Furtado to name a few. Listen for free at 7 p.m. as part of Dillon’s Friday Night Concert Series. Info:

The Malah has been making big waves in the electronic music scene. The group brings together influences from funk, hip-hop, jazz, dubstep and breakbeats, exploring “the meeting point of technology and musical theory.” The group will share the stage with Malakai, an 18-year-old who brings down-tempo beats accompanied by live guitar. Catch the show at Breckenridge’s three20south at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8. Info:

Tonight at 8 p.m. a group of old Summit County friends reunite to share their songs at Prost on Main St. in Frisco. Bill Sneed of the Kudzoo Brothers, who currently lives and plays music in Austin, Texas, joins Mark Glenn, now of Boulder, for an evening of original and acoustic music. Joining forces with locals Doc PJ (bass) and Moose (harmonica), the group will deliver a blend of acoustic folk, country and bluegrass. Glenn and Sneed have played Summit County on and off for the past 20 years.

Denver-based Harmonious Junk fuses jazz, funk, progressive and improvisational styles. Marquee magazine said, “Harmonious Junk is for all intents and purposes a feel-good band – mixing a friendly humor reminiscent of Zappa with the funk of James Brown. And, simply put, former James Brown guitarist and Harmonious Junk leader, Damon Wood knows how to kick it.” The band takes the Snake River Saloon stage tonight and Saturday starting at 9:30. Info:

Denver’s Homeslice is a nine-piece vocal and horn group that plays a full spectrum of musical genres including rock, funk, blues, bluegrass and jazz, though their music has its roots in the classic funk and rhythm and blues scenes. They continue to perform horn-driven music from Blood, Sweat and Tears; Earth, Wind and Fire and Chicago. Homeslice takes the Dillon Amphitheatre stage Saturday at 7 p.m. as part of the free Sunset at the Summit Concert Series. Information:

Great American Taxi featuring frontman Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) plays a free concert at Keystone at 4 p.m. Saturday as part of the River Run Rocks series. Driven by original songwriting and musicianship, the band hit Top 10 on the American Radio Charts with their 2010 CD release, “Reckless Habits.” Their music style is described as “Americana without borders.” Info:

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Strive Roots brings together an environmentally conscious mission with their roots-infused power-groove music, which melds reggae, hard rock, funk and hip-hop. The band’s bio explains it as “the funky beat swirling in your hips” and says, “it’s the message of awareness and change demanding to be heard; it’s original soul with modern beats; it’s your new favorite genre of music.” Catch Strive Roots at Alma’s Only Bar Saturday night. For info on this and other AOB shows this weekend visit

Now in its 15th year, Alma’s Festival in the Clouds is a free outdoor art and music festival featuring approximately 25 bands and 40 regional artists as well as the first annual Race in the Clouds mountain bike race. Sponsored by the Alma Foundation, the event is located at Alma Town Park. In addition to all the music, there will be food, children’s activities, a beer garden, dancing and more. Info:

Singer-songwriter Markus James brings “rock with an African twist” to Frisco’s Concert in the Park series on Thursday night at 5:30. Taking the stage with Mamadou Sidibe, James uses music rather than words “to help show us who we really are.” They’re cousins of pop bands like Vampire Weekend, the East African rock outfit Extra Golden and other young groups that blend African and American sounds. Hear their fusion sound Thursday night at the Frisco Historic Park Gazebo. Info:

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