Music Scene: John Denver Tribute in Breckenridge benefits Domus Pacis
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Music Scene is a series of briefs that runs in the Summit Daily News every Friday, highlighting live music from around the county. If you are a band or venue that would like to have your shows featured in the newspaper, email arts and entertainment editor Krista Driscoll at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday, July 24
On Friday, July 24, at the Riverwalk Center, celebrate Colorado’s High Country through the music of iconic songwriter and singer John Denver with the John Adams Band and the award-winning landscape photography of John Fielder. Sing along to such favorites as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” Through this unique collaboration, Denver’s music will come to life on the Riverwalk’s big 25-foot screen. This celebration will benefit Domus Pacis Family Respite, whose mission is to provide families going through their cancer journey with a week of peace and respite here in Summit County. Tickets are $30 for general admission or $45 for VIP and can be purchased at http://www.breckcreate.org or (970) 547-3100.
Amy Mathesius, The Sound and Color at LateNite
Breckenridge Creative Arts will welcome Amy Mathesius and The Sound and Color to the Ridge Street Arts Square in the Breckenridge Arts District as part of the LateNite @ the District concert series on Friday, July 24. Mathesius’ spreads the message of family, spirituality, health and nature through music and helping others. The Sound and Color is a Denver-based band made up of Kyle Aubrey Simmons, Ryan Chrys, Matthew Fecher and Trevor Mariotti. The group plays infectiously danceable beats with a combination of vocals, guitars, synthesizers and thundering drums. The live music starts at 6 p.m., followed by a screening of “The Birds” at 10 p.m. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org to learn more.
Live music at Frisco’s Island Grill
The Tyler Easton Band will play the lawn at the Island Grill on Friday, July 24. Composed of a handful of local musicians from other projects, the band offers a variety of styles and covers ranging from jam-grass to reggae and rock. Easton has spent his life immersed in music and brings the light-hearted, dance-focused approach of jam bands and the festival circuit to the local Summit scene, joined by Billy Merrill on keys, guitar and vocals; Jessica Moidel on fiddle; Dan Smallwood on upright bass; and Trenton “The Hammer” Schroter on drums. The music starts at 5 p.m. Visit Tyler Easton Music on Facebook for more information.
Snake welcomes Lee Rogers Band
The Lee Rogers Band will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, July 24. This explosive power trio fuses rock ’n’ roll with a blues backbone that leaves stages reduced to ashes. The band is led by Austin, Texas, guitarist and vocalist Rogers, whose high-powered blend of original writing mixed with covers from their biggest heroes and musical influences creates a soulful energy that is hard to resist. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Free live music, morning and night, in Dillon
Spend some time soaking up the sun with free live music in Dillon on Friday, July 24, starting with Randall McKinnon at the Dillon Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dillon Town Park. The music continues in the evening with Billy Strings at the Dillon Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Drenched in sweat, grimacing like a banshee, howling like a bluegrass berserker and picking with such ferocity that he’s been known to break three strings in one song, 22-year-old guitarist and singer Strings could have tumbled out of coal country in the old mountains, tattoos and all, but actually hails from Michigan. To learn more about these musicians and events, visit http://www.townofdillon.com.
Stoney Live at the MotherLoaded
The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge welcomes Stoney Live on Friday, July 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., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit http://www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Ridge Street Wine welcomes Acoustic Moose
Acoustic Moose will be singing, playing and telling tall, tantalizing tales at Ridge Street Wine/Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate on Friday, July 24. Not to be confused with Electric or Eccentric Moose, this ungulate has been ensconced in the local music scene for more than two decades, singing and blowing harmonicas with the likes of Buckwheat Groats, the Soul Bisquits, Raised on Rhubarb, The Pine Beetles and many more acts. The music runs from 5:30 to about 8 p.m. Call (970) 453-5139 for more information.
Saturday, July 25
Rock, dance hits at the Snake
Redline Radio will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Saturday, July 25. Redline Radio is a Denver-based cover band that plays Top 40 radio hits and consists of five members with instrumentation including electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. The band covers a vast spectrum of music, including pop, rock, funk, soul, R&B and classic rock from the past five decades. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Sisters of Rock play Sunset at the Summit
The Sunset at the Summit concert series continues Saturday, July 25, at the Dillon Amphitheater with music from Sisters of Rock. A celebration of the music of heart, Sisters of Rock showcases amazing vocals, high energy and a throwback to the ’80s you likely will not forget. This group of incredibly talented women will not just entertain; they will rock. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.townofdillon.com.
Breckenridge band plays to home crowd
Breckenridge band El Paso Lasso takes the stage at the MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Saturday, July 25. Featuring the music of Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers and much, much more, they pack the house every time they play. The music starts at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit http://www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Sunday, July 26
Fiddle and more at MotherLoaded
High-energy Austin, Texas, folk group Bill Sneed & Friends will play the MotherLoaded Tavern’s Sunday porch party on July 26. Sneed, former local and front man for The Kudzoo Brothers will be playing his original Kudzoo Brothers classics, as well as new songs. Linky Barmore, a Kerrville Folk Festival favorite, has one of the most unique and pleasant voices in Austin and will also be sharing her original songs. Moose and Doc PJ, of the Pine Beatles, will join the pair. The music runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit http://www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Music five days a week at Blue River Bistro
Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, July 26, with free live music from guitarist and vocalist Rob Wivchar. Around the Denver area, his varied set list and high-quality musicianship find him performing in a wide variety of locales and private events. And attending Wivchar’s shows actually helps the environment: 30 percent of all the money that ends up in the tip jar goes straight to environmental charity organizations. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit blueriverbistro.com for more information.
DooWop Denny in Frisco for 16th season
DooWop Denny’s rocking oldies show continues its 16th season at Frisco’s Blue Spruce Inn on Sunday, July 26. A lifelong guitar-vocal entertainer, DooWop Denny delivers a feel-good mix of 1950s and ’60s oldies, island tunes, slow dancing and more. 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 Main Street Frisco. The music runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit http://www.doowopdenny.com for more information.
Monday, July 27
Delta blues at Blue River Bistro
Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, July 27, and Wednesday, July 29. Schlaefer writes personal acoustic blues about his life in the Colorado High Country. “Even though these songs were written above 9,000 feet, they still sound firmly rooted in delta mud,” the artist said of his album, “The Sweet Honey Mead,” released in 2002. “Dressed in plain spoken words, that sound cuts to the core of the human experience and reveals the indomitability of our souls.” The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit blueriverbistro.com for more information.
Tuesday, July 28
Instrumental jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Duo on Thursday, July 9. This talented, professional, flexible and original duo plays all styles of instrumental jazz, from swing to bop, Latin to contemporary, funk and even some jazzed-up pop tunes. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit blueriverbistro.com for more information.
Wednesday, July 29
Bluegrass Wednesdays continue in Frisco
Von Stomper plays Bluegrass Wednesday at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday, July 29. With influences in early American folk, blues and roots music, Von Stomper, a Colorado-based five-piece, creates an original sound that is both familiar and progressive in its style. Their raw, high-energy live performance is back dropped by lyrics and harmonies that are provoking in their depth, creating a hard vintage sound. With each member contributing both song and voice, Von Stomper pays tribute to the original folk tradition, singing songs of love, labor and loss. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the free show. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Weekly music happy hour at Next Page books
Weekly music and happy hour at Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco takes place on Wednesday, July 29, with music from Alex Mabey. “A song without a message is like a house with no foundation,” Mabey writes on her website. “Messages that are worth telling come to me when I least expect it. I get to put music and lyrics to the urgent truths that speak to my heart. … I believe we all crave unity, deep down. Music is the best way I know how to experience that with other people.” The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit http://www.nextpagebooks.com for more information.
Thursday, July 30
Funk, bluegrass, jazz at Dam Brewery
The Dillon Dam Brewery welcomes Wonderlic on Thursday, July 30. Wonderlic is a funky, groove-rock band from Denver, featuring Allen Galton on vocals and the 10-, eight- and five-string electric mandolins, James Dare on bass, Michael Whalen on vocals and electric guitar and Ryan Elwood on drums and percussion. Their high-energy shows focus on original composition and occasional covers. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit http://www.dambrewery.com for more information.
Malai Llama pushes boundaries in Frisco
The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco brings Malai Llama to the stage on Thursday, July 30. The Malai Llama is a five-piece instrumental band that combines genres such as jazz, rock and electronica in a psychedelic fusion. Each show is heightened by the energy and passion they pour into their music, pushing boundaries by combining the real energy of live instrumentation with the electronic exploration of synthesizers, turntables and samples. Doors open with a free keg at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Concert in the Park series continues
The free live music in the Frisco Historic Park continues to chug along with Big Daddy Love on Thursday, July 30, part of the Concert in the Park series. Big Daddy Love brings a natural blend of grass, roots and rock to the emerging North Carolina music scene. With fiery vocals, sweet harmonies, authentic song-craft and undeniable musicianship, the quintet delivers high-energy performances composed of their own brand of good-time music. The music runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and concession sales at this concert benefit Rotary Club of Summit County. To learn more, visit http://www.townoffrisco.com, or call (800) 424-1554.
Nuskool jazz in Breckenridge
Wirtz’s Nuskool Modern Jazz on Thursday, July 30. Over the past 10 years, Wirtz has performed mainly as a sideman, having worked with Grammy-winning producers Malcolm Burn and John Macy, and shared the stage with artists including Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Robbie Krieger, Melissa Etheridge, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and even Justin Timberlake. The free music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit blueriverbistro.com for more information.
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