Music Scene: Meniskus returns to the Snake River Saloon in Keystone
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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 managing editor Ben Trollinger at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday, Aug. 21
Meniskus will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 22. The music of the Colorado trio is informed by the extensive classical training of Cris Ryt and Eric Ostberg, as well as the unique sound Bardusco brings from his experience as a self-taught guitarist growing up in Venezuela. The influences of popular rock bands, as well as the rhythms of Latin grooves and European techno-house music have found new life in the music of Meniskus. Doors open at 4 p.m. both nights, 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, Aug. 21, starting with Rob Schmidt at the Dillon Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dillon Town Park. The music continues in the evening with Davina Sowers & The Vagabonds at the Dillon Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Davina Sowers & The Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high-energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. To learn more about these musicians and events, visit http://www.townofdillon.com.
Thrash Metal Punk Show returns to Breck
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The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge will host its third Thrash Metal Punk Show on Friday, Aug. 21, featuring local band Bottom Bracket and two other Denver-based punk bands, Fus Bar and Straf-God. This encore presentation starts at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, visit http://www.motherloadedtavern.com or call (970) 453-2572.
Ridge Street Wine welcomes Acoustic Moose
Elastic Moose, formerly Acoustic Moose, plays Friday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 22, at Ridge Street Wine/Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate in Breckenridge. Know for playing some of the loosie, goosiest shows in the county, the long time High Country warbler is made up mostly of organic Indonesian rubber and has the ability to stretch from the Ramones to Van Morison to an Elastic Moose original without missing a beat. The music runs from 5:30 to about 8 p.m. Call (970) 453-5139 for more information.
Saturday, Aug. 22
Breckenridge bar welcomes one-woman band
Tiffany Christopher will play the MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Saturday, Aug. 22. Christopher spent a lot of time last year taking in the space of the desert, locked away with her loop pedals, her kick drum, her ukulele and her electric guitar, carving out a whole new style and taking her music into new and unexplored directions as a one-woman band with a finely tuned new sound. 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.
BIFA brings bands to Festival Square
Local Folk and Post Paradise will play a twin bill at Festival Square on the corner of Ridge Street and Washington Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 22, as part of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. Local Folk is a collective string band composed of players from the Summit County, playing a fresh mixture of bluegrass, old-time, Western swing and fiddle tunes. Post Paradise is a four-piece alternative rock band with a lead cellist from Fort Collins. This twist on the traditional rock lineup has garnered the band regional and national attention in recent years. The free music starts at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.breckcreate.org.
Guild of Ages plays Sunset at the Summit
The Sunset at the Summit concert series continues Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Dillon Amphitheater with music from Guild of Ages, formerly known as Five13. Guild of Ages is a melodic hard rock band from Denver. Formed by in the late 1980s, Guild of Ages incorporates strong guitars, large vocal harmonies and keyboards to their unique sound, resulting in an experience that’s high energy and fun. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.townofdillon.com.
Sunday, Aug. 23
DooWop Denny in Frisco for 16th season
DooWop Denny’s rockin’ oldies show continues its 16th season at Frisco’s Blue Spruce Inn on Sunday, Aug. 23. 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.
Festival Square concerts come to a close
Local musician Jon Gamache and Chemistry Club will play the final two sets to close out the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts’ series of concerts at Festival Square on Sunday, Aug. 23. Chemistry Club is a Colorado-native sci-fi-electro-pop band with work including music, video games and comics. Formed in 2012, the band has worked to bring pop music and nerd culture together in a blend of synthesizers, guitar and science. Festival Square is located at the corner of Ridge Street and Washington Avenue in Breckenridge. The free music starts at 6 p.m. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
Music five days a week at Blue River Bistro
Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, Aug. 23, 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.
Monday, Aug. 24
Delta blues at Blue River Bistro
Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, Aug. 24, and Wednesday, Aug. 26. 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, Aug. 25
Instrumental jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Duo on Tuesday, Aug. 25. 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, Aug. 26
Bluegrass Wednesdays at The Barkley
Patchy Sanders plays this week’s Bluegrass Wednesday at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Aug. 26. Seeking to broaden modern folk’s traditionalist approach, Patchy has new material in the works for 2015, fresh, original music bending toward avant-folk, with folk-orchestral arrangements blending diverse genres and musical styles. This is contemporary, independent, eclectic, eccentric, folk music which critics have been, with effort, trying to categorize. Doors open for the free show at 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com.
Weekly music happy hour at Next Page books
The weekly music and happy hour at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 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. The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit http://www.nextpagebooks.com for more information.
Thursday, Aug. 27
Getting all kinds of funky in Frisco
Global Soul Experience gets funky fresh at The Barkley Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 27. The band is a funkalicious fusion of rhythms, harmonies, melodies and magic inspired by cultures and regions from around the world: Latin America to the Caribbean, Africa to the Middle East, India back to the United States. Doors open at 8 p.m. with a free keg, and the free show starts at 9:30. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Stoney Live at the MotherLoaded
The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge welcomes Stoney Live on Sunday, Aug. 23, for a porch party, returning on Thursday, Aug. 27, for an evening set. 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. Thursday and runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit http://www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Funk, hip-hop and more at the Dam
Hear Acoustic Salem at the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, Aug. 27. The band is an amalgamation of funk, hip-hop, jazz and Afro-Cuban idioms played only with acoustic instruments. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. For more information, visit http://www.dambrewery.com.
Nuskool jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool Modern Jazz on Thursday, Aug. 27. 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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