Today– Michael Tomlinson plays in SilverthorneSinger/songwriter Michael Tomlinson performs at 7:30 p.m. today at the Silverthorne Pavilion. The Backstage Theatre will donate profits from the event to AmeriCares to support tsunami relief efforts.Jeremy Cole, a fan and artistic director of the Backstage Theatre, brought Tomlinson to Summit County after he ordered Tomlinson’s album from the Internet and began chatting with him through e-mail. When he invited Tomlinson, the Texas-born artist accepted.Tomlinson scored a Top 10 adult contemporary hit in the late 1980s with “Dawning on a New Day” and has headlined theaters from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles. Tomlinson also hosts events to motivate people to move toward their dreams and a life of purpose.Tickets for tonight’s concert are $30. For reservations, call (970) 453-0199.
— Locals rock Maxwell’sLocal band Solomon’s Lane plays at 9:30 p.m. today at Maxwell St. Grill and Pizzeria in Dillon.”We don’t get too heavy,” guitarist Corey Rosenkotter said. “It’s a laid-back rock. We’re influenced by jam bands, but we keep our solos structured. You can see a lot of bands that draw from everything, and we do that, but we don’t get too crazy with it. We keep it to an acoustic rock sound. It’s groove rock that you can get down to.””The first time people hear our songs, they can really get into them,” guitarist Matt Donnelly said. “I see people at the shows for the second time singing the songs.”The band also plays at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dillon Dam Brewery.– Jammin’ at the GoatMountain of Venus formed in Steamboat Springs but moved to Boston to expand its reach. But tonight and Saturday it comes back to the High Country to play at the Goat in Keystone.Based in the psychedelic music of its forefathers, Mountain of Venus explores the universe further, drawing from modern influences and mixing vocal harmonies with guitar solos.
Though it relies on a jam orientation, the tunes are catchy and well-constructed – even when they stretch to the 15 minute mark.Saturday– Some Flavor at Sherpa’sFlavor Flav, a rap artist from Public Enemy, comes to Sherpa & Yeti’s Saturday night.He left his classical training in piano for rap when he met Chuck D and released the 1987 debut “Yo! Burn Rush the Show.” Public Enemy became one of the most influential acts in hip-hop with its socially conscious rhymes. His gold teeth, clownish sunglasses, flashy colors and clock that hung from his neck added visual spectacle to his eccentric behavior, which, by the way, came out heavily in VH-1’s “The Surreal Life” in 2004.Tickets are $15.
— Part of a KudzooBill Sneed, cofounder of the Kudzoo Brothers, brings his mountaingrass to the Cala Inn in Summit Cove Saturday night.Monday– A part of Giant PeopleCarlos Washington, of Carlos Washington and the Amazing Giant People, comes to the Goat in Keystone Monday and Tuesday.Giant People combines jazz, funk, hip-hop, world groove and classical music in an eclectic, underground soul jazz feel. Washington created the band in 2000, after a two-year stint with Karl Denson, the original sax player for Lenny Kravitz.- Kimberly Nicoletti
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