Music Scene: Closing weekend tunes at Breckenridge, Copper Mountain
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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, April 17
Barkley Ballroom welcomes Dynohunter
Boulder-based trio Dynohunter will play a free show with Sweet Earth at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Friday, April 17. Dynohunter meshes aspects of both the conventional DJ and live band performance. Combining pristine production, soulful sax, live drumming and heavy electric bass, the band creates a high-energy, live show experience that captures the approval of both jam and electronic crowds. Sweet Earth is organic, progressive, emotional, dynamic, instrumental music from a band that specializes in instrument switching and improvisation. Doors open at 9 p.m. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Monastic, bombastic beats in Breck
Just Swipe Right, aka Two Dudes, will bring the best of rock, blues, country and hip-hop to the MotherLoaded Tavern on Friday, April 17. Drew and Brett claim they were born in a Himalayan monastery in the ’80s. They lived the monastic lifestyle until hearing “Van Halen I” in their tweens, when they then hit the road to “shred insane and blow the doors off.” There will be beer, shots, music, giggles and free bathrooms all night. The music starts at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Delta blues at Blue River Bistro
Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Friday, April 17. 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.
Three days of free music in Vail
Portland, Oregon-based band Portugal. The Man will kick off Vail’s closing weekend and Spring Back to Vail celebration at Solaris in Vail Village on Friday, April 17. Founded in 2000, Portugal. The Man has embodied all dimensions of the rock genre throughout its career. The band has created six full albums in six years, toured nonstop, including a stint with The Black Keys, and made festival stops across the country at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The venue opens at 5 p.m., and the show is free. For more information, visit www.springbacktovail.com.
Saturday, April 18
American Authors play Breck Spring Fever
Breck Spring Fever brings American Authors to the stage at the base of Peak 8 on Saturday, April 18. Self-described “laid-back dudes,” American Authors is composed of Zac Barnett (vocals), James Adam Shelley (guitar/banjo), Dave Rublin (bass) and Matt Sanchez (drums). Together, they hail from the four corners of the country, each bringing their own influences and experiences to the writing table to create pop-flavored alt rock sprinkled with four-part harmonies, spirited lyrics and contagious optimism. The free music starts at 2 p.m. Visit www.breckspringfever.com for more information.
Fort Collins rock at Loveland
Fort Collins funk group Zenobia Street Funk Collective will play the patio at the base area of Loveland Basin for après ski on Saturday, April 18. With a great horn section and infectious tunes, they will have everyone dancing in their ski boots. The music starts at 2:30 p.m., with drink specials. For more information, visit skiloveland.com.
P-Nuckle, Reel Big Fish at Copper
Copper Sunsation weekend kicks off with music from Denver reggae-rock band P-Nuckle and ska-punk act Reel Big Fish on Saturday, April 18. With eclectic musical influences ranging from dancehall reggae to straight-ahead punk rock, P-Nuckle has always created a memorable live experience. Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-’90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of its peers, the band was distinguished by its hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs and metallic shards of ska. P-Nuckle goes on at 2 p.m., and Reel Big Fish follows at 3:30. Visit www.coppercolorado.com to learn more.
Music and comedy to close the ski season
The Barkley Ballroom will host a music and comedy event to close out the ski season on Saturday, April 18, with 40oz to Freedom and comedian Ngaio Bealum. Flash back in time to the best hits Sublime ever dished out for the world to consume and listen to 40oz to Freedom slay them. The band has toured the United States and Canada for more than six years, developing one of the largest tribute band followings in the world. Bealum is well known for his many film and television appearances as well as for being a regular host of High Times events and, more recently, for being tied for most frequent guest on “Getting Doug With High,” hosted by fellow comedian Doug Benson. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $13. Visit www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Folk, blues, classic rock in Breck
Weston Smith and the Big Mountain Bluesers will take the stage at the MotherLoaded Tavern on Saturday, April 18. Smith is a singer, songwriter, poet, and multi-instrumentalist from North Mississippi. He currently resides in Boulder, and his set-lists consist of his original music, as well as classic folk, blues, bluegrass and country arrangements which helped to influence and shape his unique songwriting style. The music starts at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Contemporary jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro brings contemporary jazz to Breckenridge with the Thomas Haupt Duo on Saturday, April 18. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit blueriverbistro.com for more information.
Trampled by Turtles in Vail Village
Trampled by Turtles continues the free music for closing weekend in Vail on Saturday, April 18, at Solaris in Vail Village. Trampled by Turtles is an alternative folk-bluegrass band hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, and was initially formed as a side project in 2003. Taking inspiration from rock ’n’ roll, the group dropped its amplification and carved out an original, fast and frenetic sound. More than 10 years and seven studio albums later, the band has seen success on the Billboard charts and played live shows across the country. The venue opens at 5 p.m., and the show is free. For more information, visit www.springbacktovail.com.
Sunday, April 19
Closing Day with the Stringdusters
The Infamous Stringdusters will close out the ski season at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Sunday, April 19, part of Breck Spring Fever. The Infamous Stringdusters have proven they can both mine the past and look forward to the unknown, and their new album, “Let It Go,” is a touchstone for a group of tightly bonded musicians completely comfortable with one another and their collective identity. Perhaps the sentiment is best summarized through five joined voices in the mountaintop gospel-hued title track: “If it’s worry you’ve been feeling over things you can’t control, it’s time to let it go.” The free music starts at 2 p.m. Visit www.breckspringfever.com for more information.
Sunsation wraps up with DJ Landry, Oakhurst
Copper Sunsation weekend music continues Sunday, April 19, with daytime beats from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with DJ Landry, followed by live music with Oakhurst at 3 p.m. Whether tearing it up around Denver, traveling across the country or crossing the oceans, Oakhurst have been tapped to appear with a dizzying variety of fellow artists, ranging from jam-grass favorites such as Yonder Mountain String Band and Leftover Salmon to Americana staples like the Avett Brothers and John Hiatt to country icons such as Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett to flat-out rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd. To learn more, visit www.coppercolorado.com.
Stoney Live at the MotherLoaded
The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge brings Stoney Live to the stage on Sunday, April 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., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Close out the season with Allstars in Vail
On Closing Day at Vail, Sunday, April 19, jazz-funk band The Greyboy Allstars will cap off the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season with a free live performance at Solaris in Vail Village following the World Pond Skimming Championships. First formed nearly two decades ago, The Greyboy Allstars have influenced an entire generation of bands playing improvisational music in a funk format and honing their onstage performance. Over the years, the band has worked together and refined the essence of their collaboration, attracting thousands to their legendary live shows across the country. The venue opens at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.springbacktovail.com.
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