Meniskus is rock, not a knee injury
Denver band Meniskus will bring its global dance rock to the Snake River Saloon in Keystone tonight. “Meniskus ... isn’t that some kind of knee injury?” Drummer Cris Ryt said this is the question they get most often about the name of their band when playing in Summit County. “I think it’s because everyone up here knows someone who’s had a knee surgery, and they forget about what they learned in high school chemistry about the surface of liquids in a vessel.” Ryt said the name was actually inspired by some overfilled margarita glasses. Regardless of the etymology, the trio has amassed a solid following across Colorado and is always a local favorite when the band plays here in the High Country. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Swampy roots music at AOB
Tony Trahan and the Blue Krewe will bring their mix of swampy Louisiana roots music straight from the bayous of South Louisiana to Alma’s Only Bar tonight. Like a good Cajun gumbo, they like to add some different seasonings to the pot, so while cooking, they will add a pinch of zesty zydeco, some Cajun injections, a bit of Mardis Gras flavoring and a heaping helping of Nawlins funk. All this is served up as a side dish; the main course is their originals, a mix of swamp-rocking blues and funky instrumentals. The show is free and gets started at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.almasonlybar.com.
The Coop with Soap at three20south
Jam-rock band The Coop will play three20south tonight. The Coop is the concoction of drummer-producer Jake Barinholtz, guitarist-producer Danny Biggins and bassist-producer Cason Trager. Formed in 2004 in Chicago, The Coop quickly broke into the jam-rock and electronica scene and, over time, evolved its sound and lineup to what it is today. With keyboard virtuoso Joe Re rounding out the group, the band’s sound and versatile abilities stretched into uncharted territories. Dance-infused rock band Soap opens. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the 21 and older show. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Boulder rock in Keystone
The West Water Outlaws will play the Snake in Keystone on Saturday. The high-energy rock band from Boulder was formed in early 2010, playing parties in the basement of singer Blake “Whiskey” Rooker’s house. Since adding Andrew “Monkey” Oakley on drums and Vincent Ellwood on bass, the West Water Outlaws have recently shared the stage with national acts such as Jerry Joseph, ALO, Assembly of Dust, The Stone Foxes, Rose Hill Drive, Dirty Sweet, The Swayback, Dick Dale and Rival Sons. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Dance to the Daft in Frisco
Dance to the music of Daft Punk all night, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday at The Barkley Ballroom. With their thoroughly modern disco sound, a blend of house, funk, electro and techno, this French duo has enjoyed two decades as one of the biggest electronic music acts in the world. There’s no cover for the dance party. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Breck sways to reggae beats
Rastasaurus will play three20south in Breckenridge on Saturday. Rastasaurus was uncovered in the concrete jungles of Denver, where the band has been building an enthusiastic following around its new reggae sound. Centered on the prolific songwriting of Justus Lacewell (vocals, guitar), Rastasaurus also includes lifelong musical pals and identical twin brothers Eric (lead guitar) and Mark Ciccone (bass). The thick, psychedelic grooves of Ryan Kerr (keyboards) and the smooth, funky rhythms of Cody Cano (drums) round out the quintet. The free show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.
Breck orchestra heads west
The National Repertory Orchestra will present a Free Family Concert on Sunday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail as part of the Bravo! Vail series of free concerts. Featuring works by Williams, Adolphe and Marquez, this concert is fun for the whole family. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and sit on the lawn, or enjoy the concert from the pavilion. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Gates open at 10 a.m. with an Instrument Petting Zoo, and the music starts at 11. For more information about Bravo! Vail, visit bravovail.org or call (970) 827-5700.
More free music at AOB
Daniel Lawrence Walker, of Oakhurst, will play a free show at AOB on Monday. More than just a man and his guitar, Walker writes songs of love and life with compelling themes and stories wrapped around sophisticated progressions. Weaving intelligent lyrics through seamless rhythms comes naturally for this singer-songwriter, who pens songs with depth, emotion and honest feelings with which many different audiences can connect. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.almasonlybar.com.
Hop the pass for Robert Randolph
The Hot Summer Nights series of free concerts continues at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail on Tuesday with music from Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Robert Randolph & the Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album “Live at the Wetlands” in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years — “Unclassified,” “Colorblind” and “We Walk This Road” —which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base. The band takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.vvf.org for more information.
Free bluegrass at The Barkley
Bluegrass Delta Force will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom on Wednesday. Bluegrass Delta Force is a high-energy string band full of musical surprises keeping a traditional sound within a mostly original song list. Made up of some of Colorado’s finest pickers, Bluegrass Delta Force is quickly gaining momentum and making new fans. The free show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.barkleyballroom.com.
Concerts in the Park continue in Frisco
The town of Frisco will feature music by Fierce Bad Rabbit as part of its free Concerts in the Park series Thursday. Fusing together melodic strands of indie/alternative effects with a rock foundation, Fierce Bad Rabbit creates a unique sound that travels through poignant lyrics and pop-infused tunes to gritty pieces showcasing front man Chris Anderson’s well-honed style of songwriting. Evolving from its formation in 2009, Fierce Bad Rabbit has grown from Northern Colorado roots, blending together four strong musical talents from different genres. The music begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park, and refreshments are provided by and benefit Family & Intercultural Center (FIRC). Visit www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
Barbaric yawping at Dillon Dam
The Dillon Dam Brewery will be rocking to the sounds of The Yawpers on Thursday. Led by dynamic young singer-songwriter Nate Cook and guitarist Jesse Parmet, emerging Boulder trio The Yawpers (named after Walt Whitman’s promise to “sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world”) recall a grittier version of Wilco, with as much raw country sensibility as twisted indie imagination. The music starts at 9 p.m. Visit http://theyawpers.com for more information.
Three20south will celebrate its five-year anniversary with Dave Watts & Friends (featuring members of The Motet) presenting the ’70s funk of Freddie Hubbard on Thursday. Hubbard’s funk era is some of the nastiest, dirtiest, jazz-fusion-groove music ever made. Watts, of The Motet, is bringing together some of the best players in Colorado for this special performance of old school, funky improvisation. Doors open at 9, and tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the day of the show. Visit www.three20south.com for more information.