Delta blues at Blue River Bistro |

Delta blues at Blue River Bistro

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco will host Digg on Saturday, July 11. Digg is a unique fusion of rock, blues and funk that somehow creates a cohesive brand of music. Their high-energy live performance encompasses original songs with inspired and personal song writing, well-executed covers and great musicianship. Doors open for the free show at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.
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Monday, July 13

Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 15. 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 14

Instrumental jazz in Breckenridge

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The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Duo on Tuesday, July 14. 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 for more information.

Free concert series continues in Vail

Crazy Mountain Brewery’s Hot Summer Nights free concert series continues Tuesday, July 14, at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail with Zach Deputy. Zach Deputy is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Savannah, Georgia. Put simply, Deputy does what is called live looping: layering sounds through the magic of technology to create a full band effect. 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, July 15

Bluegrass Wednesdays continue in Frisco

Bluegrass Wednesdays continue on July 15 with Whiskey Tango at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco. This band isn’t just bluegrass, it’s foot-stomping, rock ’n’ roll slam-grass. At the forefront of Denver’s jam-band scene, Whiskey Tango embraces sounds from many genres and brings it all to a boil with mind-blowing live improvisation. Doors open for the free show at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

Weekly music happy hour at Next Page books

Weekly music and happy hour at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco takes place on Wednesday, July 15, with music from Alex Mabey. “A song without a message is like a house with no foundation,” Mabey writes on her website. “Messages that are worth telling come to me when I least expect it. I get to put music and lyrics to the urgent truths that speak to my heart. … I believe we all crave unity, deep down. Music is the best way I know how to experience that with other people.” The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Thursday, July 16

Taarka plays Concert in the Park

Taarka will take the stage at the Frisco Historic Park on Thursday, July 16, for the Concert in the Park series. Taarka’s live shows strike a balance between well-crafted songs and spirited instrumentals, expanding on its beginnings as a purely instrumental string band putting a modern spin on gypsy and Eastern European folk music. Listeners will be able to distill flavors of Western and Eastern folk traditions, jazz, rock, bluegrass, old-time, gypsy, Indian and Celtic music, all in a string-band setting. The music runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and concession sales at this concert benefit Family Intercultural Resource Center. To learn more, visit, or call (800) 424-1554.

Three bands for the price of none in Frisco

Moonalice with Brothers Keeper and Fresh Hops rock The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Thursday, July 16. Moonalice features original members of Phil Lesh & Friends, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and Bruce Hornsby & The Range coming together to create a new improvisational jam-band. Their single “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has been downloaded more than 5 million times. A free night of music along with a free keg of PBR begins at 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Nuskool jazz in Breckenridge

The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool Modern Jazz on Thursday, July 16. 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.

Rock-reggae-hip-hop fusion at the Dam

The Dillon Dam Brewery will host A-Mac DZ on Thursday, July 16. A-Mac DZ performs a fusion of acoustic rock with reggae and hip-hop, along with a lively six-piece band of virtuoso musicians, including Matt McElwain on drums, Karl Rivers on keys, Isaac Schiff on bass, Jake Heym on percussion and Joe Lilly on sax. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit for more information.

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