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High-energy, original music in Summit County bars

Who: UmConscious (aka., “the UM”)

When: Tonight and Saturday

Where: Snake River Saloon, Keystone

Where’d the name come from? A perpetual focus on continuously questioning, reevaluating and progressing through reality, consciousness and the beyond.

Home base: Denver

Who are you? We are a live hip-hop, jazzy, funky fusion band. The UM is comprised of John Larchick (“JL”) on vocals and bass, Josh Berard (“Boogie B”) on vocals and guitar, and Seth Beltran (“Sibs”) on drums. The UM also features DJ Lush on turntables and Jeff Gutierrez on world percussion (at select shows, Ashleigh Cope is featured as an on-stage live painter).

If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A tuning fork, as we strive to sustainably resonate with those with whom we come into contact.

Why do people love ya? The presentation of our art, as a whole, connects with our fans on many levels (e.g., melodically, poetically, etc.), and we ensure that they have an interactive blast, dancing and singing, at our live performances. Oh, and we’re super sexy …

How do you keep it fresh? By asking for and being responsive to our fans’ feedback, staying relative and true to our core passion to perform and pushing our art to always include new elements, such as bringing guest musicians, DJs and MCs onto the stage, performing new funky and jazzy jams, and incorporating visual arts into our performances and recordings. Are you an artist? If so, you just might find yourself on stage with us this weekend.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? Getting into the music business – there’s never a dull moment!

Who: Dirtfoot

When: Tonight

Where: three20south, Breckenridge

Where’d the name come from? The name Dirtfoot comes from a feeling. Some say it’s the feeling of bare feet stomping on a dirty porch. Others say it’s the feel of a raucous primal grunt. Some say it’s the feel of rattling cans full of beans. We invite everyone to come up with their own meaning.

Home base: Shreveport, La.

Type of music: We are called Gypsy punk country grumble boogie. Six guys, completely eclectic style, but full of Louisiana flavor.

If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? It would be gumbo; all the different parts are unique to themselves but when mixed together form something completely new yet familiar.

Why do people love ya? ‘Cause we make them shake their cans!

How do you keep it fresh? We are constantly working on new material and playing with the old songs. We recently changed bass players, and that has added a whole new rocking element to the band.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? It would probably have to be the time we camped out on a mountain during a hurricane. Hurricane Ike came ashore early on Saturday morning and by 2 a.m. that night, the eye of the storm was headed directly over the Mulberry Mountain Harvest site. Sixty mph gusts were ripping the tents from the ground, and canopies were rolling all over the campgrounds. We abandoned our tents and tried to hide out in our cars. Luckily by morning time, the storm had passed, and the campsite looked like a war zone. The late night tent had completely collapsed and there were canopies flipped over and curled up everywhere, like dead spiders. A very crazy evening.

Who: Holden Young Trio

When and where: Tonight at The Goat in Keystone and Saturday at the Gold Pan in Breckenridge

Where’d the name come from? Holden Young is the name of our vocalist and songwriter. Also, we’d like to suggest that everyone in Colorado is holding young.

Home base: Boulder

Type of music: We play original music that can be heard at holdenyoung.bandcamp.com. We are proficient musicians with a purpose: to play better every night while having a great time interacting with our audience.

If your music were a tangible item, what would it be, and why? A Rubik’s cube. At first it might seem impossible, but then years later you pick it up and realize what a beautiful puzzle it is – with lots of pretty colors on every side.

Why do people love ya? Because we play the funk out of our instruments. Our music is positive and driving, something that keeps people dancing and celebrating all night long.

How do you keep it fresh? We covered the entire “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers last winter and still play some of those songs.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience? I (Holden Young) worked in New Orleans for two months after Hurricane Katrina on the Blue Tarp Project. I slept in a tent behind Dollar General and put tarps on damaged houses. I met some incredibly open and torn-apart people who shared their experiences with open hearts. After this I moved to Colorado and began the Holden Young Trio with a bass player who had also relocated from the devastated New Orleans area.

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