Music Scene: Free live music all day Friday, June 19, in Dillon |

Music Scene: Free live music all day Friday, June 19, in Dillon

Compiled by Krista Driscoll

Friday, June 19

Spend some time soaking up the sun with free live music all day in Dillon on Friday, June 19, starting with Todd Johnson at the Dillon Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dillon Town Park. The fifth-annual Lake Dillon Brew Festival kicks off with a 7 p.m. concert at the Dillon Amphitheater with One Ton Pig, and, following the festival, head to the after-party with Whitewater Ramble at Pug Ryan's Brewing Co. To learn more about these bands and events, visit

Afro-Cuban orchestra in Frisco

Paa Kow will play The Barkley Ballroom on Friday, June 19. Growing up in a small village in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family's concert band at a very early age. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe and America. He leads a seven-piece Afro-Cuban orchestra, which provides a deep groove that's danceable and captivating. Doors open for the free show at 8:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Southern rock at the Snake in Keystone

Birch Street plays the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20. The band has a natural chemistry that allows the individual members to write as a collective, with each person bringing something unique to each song. Though the final product is an unmistakably Southern-rock sound, it is the individual influences of each member that give Birch Street a universal appeal to audiences, with elements of country, pop, metal, classic rock and jazz being found in all of their songs. Doors open at 4 p.m. both nights, and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.

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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, June 19, for the Breckenridge Town Party. 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

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, June 19. 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.

Delta blues at Blue River Bistro

Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Friday, June 19. 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.

Saturday, June 20

Twin bill at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco

Eminence Ensemble and DJ Tang will play a doubleheader at The Barkley Ballroom on Saturday, June 20. Eminence Ensemble is a five-piece, progressive electronic rock group based out of Boulder. Since forming in 2008, the Summit High graduates have been mesmerizing the Colorado music scene through their eloquent, inventive composition style and captivating, explosive performances, elegantly fusing elements of jazz, rock, funk, classical, hip-hop, reggae and electronica. Doors open for the 21 and older show at 8:30 p.m., and there's a $10 cover. Visit for more information.

Breckenridge band plays to home crowd

Breckenridge band El Paso Lasso takes the stage at the MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Saturday, June 20. 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.motherloaded

Whitewater Ramble, Local Folk and more in Dillon

On Saturday, June 20, gates open for the Lake Dillon Brew Festival at 1 p.m. This ticketed event goes until 5 p.m., with Whitewater Ramble entertaining inside the event grounds. The show continues at the Dillon Amphitheater with local artist Local Folk taking the big stage at 5 p.m. for a free show, followed at 7 p.m. by more free music from the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or

Nuskool jazz in Breckenridge

The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes Jon Wirtz's Nuskool Modern Jazz on Saturday, June 20. 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 for more information.

Sunday, June 21

Stoney Live at the MotherLoaded

The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge welcomes Stoney Live for a porch party on Sunday, Jun 21. 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 runs from 4 to 7 p.m., and there's no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit

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, June 21. 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.

Tuesday, June 23

Free concert series continues in Vail

Crazy Mountain Brewery's Hot Summer Nights free concert series continues Tuesday, June 23, at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail with Brett Dennen. Dennen's music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, a retreat to which he would eventually return for inspiration on his fifth record, "Smoke and Mirrors." "Being in the mountains, aside from the inspiration, was so crucial to me, because as a kid I used to spend so much time in the mountains. And just being there helped me regain that self-confidence. I remembered who I was." Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the main act taking the stage at 6:30. Visit or follow "Vail Free Concerts" on Facebook to learn more.

Wednesday, June 24

Bluegrass Wednesdays at The Barkley

The Jon Stickley Trio will bring its new-grass sound to The Barkley Ballroom for Bluegrass Wednesday on June 24. Stickley's guitar style has evolved from bluegrass flatpicking into his own sound that spans from soft harmonic chimes to straight-up shredding. Backed by a drummer with hip-hop influences and a violinist reminiscent of Lindsey Stirling's jazz-dubstep, this band is defining a new sub-genre of bluegrass music. Doors open for the free show at 9 p.m. Visit to learn more.

Thursday, June 25

Concert in the Park Series begins in Frisco

The town of Frisco's free Outdoor Concert in the Park Series kicks off on Thursday, June 25, with music from Rose's Pawn Shop at the Historic Park Gazebo & Lawn. With an arsenal of guitars, banjo, thumping upright bass, fiddle and drums delivering neo-classic-sounding melodies and lyrics, Rose's Pawn Shop's sound is a wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom's cooking. The music runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and refreshments will be available for purchase to benefit local nonprofit Summit Independent Business Alliance.

Bill Smith at The Barkley

The Barkley Ballroom welcomes Bill Smith to the stage on Thursday, June 25. Smith's distinct brand of music should be classified as modern classic rock. The 10,000 Lakes and Summer Camp veterans play a high-energy show with a healthy mix of originals and covers. Doors open for the free show with a free keg at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9:30. For more information, visit

Breaking Blues at the Dam Brewery

Todd Johnson and Breaking Blues will play the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, June 25. This veteran lineup of musicians plays roots blues to rockin' blues. Led by Johnson on guitar and vocals, the songs will take you from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago to Texas and beyond. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. 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.