Music Scene: Free music at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco
Friday, Jan. 2
Free music at The Barkley Ballroom
Von Stomper will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Friday, Jan. 2. 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. The band’s 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. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
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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, Jan. 2. 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.
Breckenridge band plays to home crowd
Breckenridge band El Paso Lasso takes the stage at the MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Friday, Jan. 2. 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.
Chamber music event in Silverthorne
“An Evening of Music for the Season,” a collaboration of Summit Music and Arts and the Dercum Center presented by the town of Silverthorne, brings five professional musicians to the stage at the Silverthorne Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 2. Colorado-based performers Len Rhodes on piano, Chas Wetherbee on violin, Julianne Scott on clarinet, Paul Nagem on flute and Janet Harriman on harp will play a repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Handel to Schubert. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $35. Visit http://www.summitmusicandarts.org, or call (970) 389-5788 for more information.
Fun, grassroots rock at the Snake
Union Gray will rock the Snake River Saloon in Keystone to wrap up nine days of live music on Friday, Jan. 2, and Saturday, Jan. 3. Union Gray is a fun, grassroots, rocking little four-piece band that will play anything that feels good. From country to Southern rock and classic rock, as well as their great original material, Union Gray has a blast with it all. Union Gray loves playing and connecting with its audience, and it will be obvious from the first song that they love what they do. 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, Jan. 2, and Saturday, Jan. 3. 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.
Saturday, Jan. 3
Stoney Live at the MotherLoaded
The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge brings Stoney Live to the stage on Saturday, Jan. 3. 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.
P-Funk keyboardist at The Goat
The Goat in Keystone welcomes Danny Bedrosian and His Secret Army on Saturday, Jan. 3. Bedrosian has toured for 11 years with George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic as the regular keyboard player, played at the Michael Jordan invitational alongside T-Pain and also appeared on the upcoming reality show “The Clintons.” The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit http://www.soupandwhiskey.com for more information.
Sunday, Jan. 4
Blue River Bistro has music five days a week
Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, Jan. 4, 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, Jan. 5
blues at THE Bistro
Mark Schlaefer brings his Delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, Jan. 5, and Wednesday, Jan. 7. 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, Jan. 6
jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro in Breck welcomes the Jerry Weiss Duo on Tuesday, Jan. 6. 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 http://blueriverbistro.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 7
Winter residence for Whitewater Ramble
Whitewater Ramble will continue its winter residency at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday, Jan. 7, covering the music of Old and in the Way, Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass super group from the 1970s. 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, Jan. 7, 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, Jan. 8
The Ski Bums come to Dillon
Colorado-based band The Ski Bums will play the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, Jan. 8. The Ski Bums are know for their YouTube ski rock parodies, such as their take on the Beach Boys tune “Surfin’ USA.” The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit http://www.dambrewery.com or http://www.youtube.com/user/theskibumsband for more information.
Nuskool jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool Modern Jazz on Thursday, Jan. 8. 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 http://blueriverbistro.com for more information.
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