Music Scene: Fire Arts Festival continues with live music in Breckenridge
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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 email@example.com for more information.
Friday, Feb. 6
The inaugural Breckenridge Creative Arts Fire Arts Festival continues on Friday, Feb. 6, with free live music from Grim & Darling from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Sphynx from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Thaw Lounge in the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Grim & Darling is a duo from Denver. Jessa Red and Jordan Polovina combine cello, guitar, harmonica, songwriting, custom beats and haunting harmonies. Sphynx is a trio from Austin, Texas, that brings together musical elements of punk and glam rock to create a big sound featuring a spectacularly bouncy kind of electro-pop. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
Eclectic originals at The Barkley
Technicolor Tone Factory takes the stage at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Friday, Feb. 6. Technicolor Tone Factory’s original songs pay homage to such greats as Daft Punk, Pink Floyd, Bela Fleck and even Rodgers and Hammerstein. Nothing seems impossible for their musical prowess. The Jason Spooner Band opens the free show at 9 p.m. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Hip-hop meets reggae at the Snake
Fort Collins hip-hop/reggae band Peace Officer will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7. Since forming in 2007, Peace Officer has honed a sound it refers to as “Dub-Hop,” hip-hop lyrics and social consciousness with live, dub-inspired beats. The four MCs strive to entertain and educate with tales of life, struggle, passion and politics in a hype set that always leaves audiences wanting more. Doors open at 4 p.m. both nights, and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more 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, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 7. 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.
Regular dose of Friday Night Funk
Get your weekly dose of Friday Night Funk with Funky Johnson at The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern in Keystone on Friday, Feb. 6. From the metropolis of Summit County comes a funk outfit with tasty vocals, virtuosic guitar grooves, solid bass and tight drum beats. The band plays originals and covers ranging from Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire to James Brown, Aretha Franklin, the artist formerly known as Prince and The Funky Meters. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit http://www.soupandwhiskey.com 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, Feb. 6. 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.
Saturday, Feb. 7
Fire Arts Festival wraps up in Breck
The Fire Arts Festival concludes on Saturday, Feb. 7, with free live music from Brotha James from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Whiskey Blanket from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Thaw Lounge in the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Brotha James is a percussionist, rapper and beat-boxer who plays an eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop and dance music. He loves to connect with people through the vibe, the lyrics, the beats and the melody. Whiskey Blanket is a group bound by music and an underground lifestyle. Hailing out of Boulder, Whiskey Blanket represents a style of hip-hop demanding more from their music. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
Harley & the V-Twins in Keystone
The Goat in Keystone welcomes Harley & The V-Twins on Saturday, Feb. 7. Denver’s Harley & The V-Twins are a virtual jukebox of roadhouse rock, covering styles from Waylon to Tom Petty, Jason Aldean and AC/DC. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit http://www.soupandwhiskey.com 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, Feb. 7. 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.motherloadedtavern.com.
Sunday, Feb. 8
Blue River Bistro has music five days a week
Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, Feb. 8, 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. 9
Delta blues at Blue River Bistro
Mark Schlaefer brings his Delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, Feb. 9, and Wednesday, Feb. 11. 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. 10
Contemporary jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro brings contemporary jazz to Breckenridge with the Thomas Haupt Duo on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit http://blueriverbistro.com for more information.
Wednesday, Feb. 11
Vintage folk comes to Frisco
Von Stomper comes to The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday, Feb. 11. With influences in early American folk, blues and roots music, Von Stomper, a Colorado-based five piece, creates an original sound that is both familiar and progressive in its style. Their raw, high-energy live performance is back-dropped by lyrics and harmonies that are provoking in their depth, creating a hard, vintage sound. With each member contributing both song and voice, Von Stomper pays tribute to the original folk tradition, singing songs of love, labor and loss. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the free show. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
happy hour at Next Page books
Weekly music and happy hour returns to The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 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. McKinnon will be featuring a soft release of his new album at this week’s happy hour, with CDs available for purchase. The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit http://www.nextpagebooks.com for more information.
Thursday, Feb. 12
Dillon Dam welcomes Wonderlic
Wonderlic will play the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, Feb. 12. Wonderlic is a funky rock band from Denver that has been playing along the Colorado Front Range for the past nine years. The lineup consists of an eight-string electric mandolin, guitar, drums and bass. Their high-energy shows focus on original compositions and occasional covers that span a mix of genres, including funk, bluegrass and jazz. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit http://www.dambrewery.com for more information.
Local musicians rock The Barkley
The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco hosts a free show with Whach-U-Want!? on Thursday, Feb. 12. Local rockers Tim Sabo, Dayman Pasqual and Andrew Held will play a mix of originals and covers. Doors open at 9 p.m. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Instrumental jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Trio on Thursday, Feb. 12. This talented, professional, flexible and original 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.
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