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Music Scene: Zach Deputy brings hybrid sound to Barkley in Frisco

Compiled by Krista Driscoll

Friday, July 17

The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco welcomes Zach Deputy on Friday, July 17. Deputy was raised in the South Carolina heat, all cooked up in his Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage. The Calypso rhythms and folk songs of St. Croix competed with the R&B and soul of pioneers such as James Brown and Ray Charles for space on the family stereo. As Deputy honed his craft, a unique hybrid of these influences emerged, ultimately creating his signature sound. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit for more information and tickets.

Cranford Hollow brings roots rock to Keystone

Roots Americana band Cranford Hollow will travel from Hilton Head, South Carolina, to the Snake River Saloon in Keystone for a show on Friday, July 17. Cranford Hollow has been on the road now for almost four years. They love every mile out on the road and every new person they get to share their music with. They now have three albums under their belt and are looking for westward expansion. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9. For more information, call (970) 468-2788.

Free live music, morning and night, in Dillon

Spend some time soaking up the sun with free live music in Dillon on Friday, July 17, starting with Doo Wop Denny at the Dillon Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dillon Town Park. The music continues in the evening with Paa Kaw at the Dillon Amphitheater at 7 p.m. Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer and producer. His songs are captivating and danceable and incorporate lyrics in his native language, Fante, as well as English. Paa Kow's vision is to spread the music and culture of his homeland by touring the world with his Afro-Fusion orchestra. To learn more about these bands and events, visit

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Stoney Live at the MotherLoaded

The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge welcomes Stoney Live on Friday, July 17, returning for a porch party on Sunday, July 19. 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. on Friday and runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, and there's no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit

Lojo Russo, SilverPlume at LateNite

Breckenridge Creative Arts will welcome Lojo Russo and SilverPlume to the Ridge Street Arts Square in the Breckenridge Arts District as part of the LateNite @ the District concert series on Friday, July 17. Russo connects with her audience in a way few performers can. Her enormous stage energy, powerful voice and percussive playing style belie her small frame. SilverPlume produces a definitive bluegrass sound by performing covers they admire and originals with a musical portrait in mind. Combining sentient emotion with a dynamic groove, the band tells stories and provokes audiences into movement. The live music starts at 6 p.m., followed by a screening of "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" at 10 p.m. Visit to learn more.

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 17. 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 18

Hot Lunch plays Sunset at the Summit

The Sunset at the Summit concert series continues Saturday, July 18, at the Dillon Amphitheater with music from Hot Lunch. Award-winning, Denver-based R&B band Hot Lunch is not to be missed. Their soulful, instrumental sound, complex harmonies and high-energy choreography create electricity that is both visually and musically. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Breckenridge band plays to home crowd

Breckenridge band El Paso Lasso takes the stage at the MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Saturday, July 18. 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

Get funky at the Snake with Funky Johnson

Funky Johnson will bring a healthy dose of funk to the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Saturday, July 18. From the metropolis of Summit County comes a funk outfit with tasty vocals, virtuosic guitar grooves, solid bass and tight drum beats. The band plays originals and covers ranging from Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire to James Brown, Aretha Franklin, the artist formerly known as Prince and The Funky Meters. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9. For more information, call (970) 468-2788.

Sunday, July 19

Music five days a week at Blue River Bistro

Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, July 19, 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 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 19. 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 for more information.

Monday, July 20

Delta blues at Blue River Bistro

Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 22. 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 for more information.

Tuesday, July 21

Contemporary jazz in Breckenridge

The Blue River Bistro brings contemporary jazz to Breckenridge with the Thomas Haupt Duo on Tuesday, July 21. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there's no cover. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, July 22

Bluegrass Wednesday with The Grass is Dead

Bluegrass Wednesdays continue at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on July 22 with The Grass is Dead. The Grass is Dead is a force of bluegrass and Grateful Dead music. Picking and grinning is what they do best, and they have been adapting Grateful Dead songs in their own bluegrass style since 1998. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the free show. Visit for more information.

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, July 22, 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 for more information.

Thursday, July 23

New take on pop history in Frisco

The Deltaz will take the stage with The Pod at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Thursday, July 23. Through vocal harmonization, insightful songwriting, and powerful musicianship, The Deltaz experience is truly unique. Although they play music that is unmistakably influenced by the artists of the past, they provide audiences with a new take on some of the greatest popular music in history. The doors open at 8 p.m. with a free keg and no cover charge, and the music starts at 8:30. Visit for more information.

Concert in the Park series continues

Samantha Fish takes the stage at the Frisco Historic Park on Thursday, July 23, for the Concert in the Park series. Kansas City-based Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on her 2011 release, "Girls with Guitars." Fish has incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, alongside contemporary artists such as Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes, in putting together a sound that is uniquely hers. The music runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and concession sales at this concert benefit Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. To learn more, visit, or call (800) 424-1554.

Dam Brewery welcomes Local Folk

Local Folk will take the stage at the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, July 23. Local Folk is a collective string band composed of players from Summit County, an up-tempo, mountain-grass party playing a fresh mixture of bluegrass, old-time, Western swing and fiddle tunes. Local Folk is a four- to seven-piece arrangement of guitars, bass, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and dobro. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there's a $5 cover. For more information, visit

Instrumental jazz in Breckenridge

The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Trio on Thursday, July 23. This talented, professional, flexible and original trio 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 for more information.

Be part of the Scene

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 for more information.