Music Scene: Barkley welcomes James and The Devil to Frisco
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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, Jan. 30
James and The Devil will return to The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco to perform their unique brand of Rocky Mountain fiddle rock on Friday, Jan. 30. While merging rock, fiddle, modern pop, rap and dance, James and The Devil have logged more than 100,000 touring miles with a proclivity to consistently perform unforgettable, genre-bending shows. Whether playing theaters or festivals, the band’s high-energy, original music is poised to redefine rock ’n’ roll. The free show starts at 9 p.m. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Stereo Clone rocks the Snake in Keystone
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Denver cover band Stereo Clone will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31. The band — Matt Lomax on lead vocals, Joey Lowe on percussion, Pat Searcy on guitar and Jon Current on bass — rocks the music of the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and present. Stereo Clone plays a broad mix of rock ranging from Stone Temple Pilots to Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers to Led Zeppelin, plus Guns N’ Roses, Lenny Kravitz, The Killers, Maroon 5 and more. Doors open at 4 p.m. both nights, and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for information.
Apres music with Swing Crew at Keystone
The Swing Crew continues its winter stand at Keystone’s Last Lift Bar in the Mountain House Base Area, with après shows on Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31. Fun is the bottom line with this interactive, acoustic band. The shows feature a wide variety of music, audience participation, jokes, stunts, cornball humor and toasts. The free music runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Visit http://www.facebook.com/theswingcrew 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, Jan. 30. 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.” This show will be the duo’s big ramp-up of the season in Breckenridge. 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 http://www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Fire Arts Festival features live music
Krooked Drivers will perform at the Thaw Lounge in the Riverwalk Center on Friday, Jan. 30, as part of the BreckCreate Fire Arts Festival. Krooked Drivers is an electronic hip-hop duo consisting of Donny D’albora and Maddy O’Neal based in Denver. Their influences range from old school hip-hop to jazz, soul, funk and everything in between. The free music runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
Weekly funk at The Goat
Get your dose of Friday Night Funk with Zenobia Street Funk Collective at The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern in Keystone on Friday, Jan. 30. This Denver all-star funk group features members of Rebel Tongue and U.S. Pipe. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit http://www.soupandwhiskey.com for more information.
Saturday, Jan. 31
Grateful Dead fix at The Goat
Juba Juba celebrates 50 years of The Grateful Dead at The Goat in Keystone on Saturday, Jan. 31. Juba Juba performs original interpretations of Grateful Dead music, meshing new and original grooves with classic Grateful Dead songs. Juba Juba is an all-star band composed of members of Denver-area Grateful Dead tribute bands including Ship of Fools, Hollow Bones, The Pranksters and August West Band. Members of Juba Juba have been on the same bill with Melvin Seals, Buddy Guy, Dark Star Orchestra, Leftover Salmon, G.E. Smith and Sons of Cream. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit http://www.soupandwhiskey.com for more information.
Stoney Live at the MotherLoaded
The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge brings Stoney Live to the stage on Saturday, Jan. 31. 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 http://www.motherloadedtavern.com.
The Yawpers at Breck Riverwalk Center
The BreckCreate Fire Arts Festival continues on Saturday, Jan. 31, with a performance from The Yawpers at the Thaw Lounge in the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. The Yawpers are a stripped-down, brazen rock ’n’ roll band from Colorado, accompanied by overdriven acoustic guitars and a trap kit. The group has created a sound that is equal parts frenetic, earnest and menacing, all while bringing together disparate pieces of the American musical lexicon. The free music runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
Sunday, Feb. 1
Post-Super Bowl party in Breck
Dave Gerard, with special guest Moose on harp and vocals, will play a post-Super Bowl show at the MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Sunday, Feb. 1. On any given night, a DG show is gentle, raucous and eclectic but always honest. His soulful style of contemporary roots music and from-the-core songwriting has earned him many awards. DG is currently recording his fifth CD featuring Bill Payne, of Little Feat, on keyboard. The music starts at 7 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit http://www.motherloadedtavern.com.
Blue River Bistro has music five days a week
Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, Feb. 1, with free live music from guitar and vocalist Rob Wivchar. Around the Denver area, his varied set list and high-quality musicianship find him performing in a wide variety of locales and private events. And attending Wivchar’s shows actually helps the environment: 30 percent of all the money that ends up in the tip jar goes straight to environmental charity organizations. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit http://blueriverbistro.com for more information.
Monday, Feb. 2
Delta blues at Blue River Bistro
Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, Feb. 2, and Wednesday, Feb. 4. 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. both nights, and there’s no cover. Visit http://blueriverbistro.com for more information.
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Instrumental jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Duo on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and Jerry Weiss Trio on Thursday, Feb. 5. This talented, professional, flexible and original duo and trio 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 http://blueriverbistro.com for more information.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Winter residence for Whitewater Ramble
Whitewater Ramble will continue its winter residency at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday, Feb. 4, covering the music of Bob Marley. Described as high-octane Rocky Mountain dancegrass, Whitewater Ramble uses a simple recipe to craft its sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. Doors open at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Weekly music happy hour at Next Page books
Weekly music and happy hour returns to The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco on Wednesday, Feb. 4, with music from Randall McKinnon. After growing up in south Arkansas and a stint in graduate school in Denver, McKinnon has settled into Colorado’s High Country and proven himself as a favorite on the local entertainment circuit. The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit http://www.nextpagebooks.com for more information.
Thursday, Feb. 5
New Mastersounds cross the pond to Frisco
The New Mastersounds will play The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Thursday, Feb. 5. England’s New Mastersounds are one of the top live touring acts, a quartet that plays high-energy funk. The band’s recorded catalog boasts 24 singles, eight studio albums, two live albums, one remix album and three compilation albums, released variously in UK, United States and Japan, where they continue to tour extensively. Chicago-based band The Heard gets the night going at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance or $18 the day of the show. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information and to buy tickets.
Twin bill for Fire Arts Festival in Breck
The Breckenridge Fire Arts Festival continues on Thursday, Feb. 5, with music from Cody Crump and Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show. Crump is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter who combines sensitive lyrics with high-powered electronics. Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show is an indie rock band from Colorado. They write, perform, record and release original music, drawing from a diverse list of influences that crosses over multiple genres. Crump goes on at 6 p.m., and Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show continues the free concert at 8. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
Open mic night at the Dam
The Dillon Dam Brewery will host open mic night on Thursday, Feb. 5. Serious local musicians age 21 and older are invited to drop in to session. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit http://www.dambrewery.com for more information.
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