Music Scene: Friday night funk at Snake River Saloon |

Music Scene: Friday night funk at Snake River Saloon

JC & The Deadly Sins will play Goat Tavern Saturday, Jan. 23. Show starts at 10 p.m.; $5 cover. Go to
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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 A&E editor Heather Jarvis at for more information.

Friday, Jan. 22

The Snake River Saloon hosts Funky Johnson Friday, Jan. 22. Funky Johnson is a six-piece collective of local musicians dedicated to high-energy funk, R&B and soul. The battery is led by Dave Nichols on drums and Christofari the Red Dread on percussion, along with Dan Brewer on bass, Xman421 on keyboards, Chris Bauer on guitar and lead vocals and Jessica Jones on vocals. Funky Johnson keeps alive and reinvigorates classic songs by artists such as Earth Wind and Fire, Rick James, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone. Doors open at 4 p.m., music starts at 9:30 p.m. Call (970) 468-2788.

Grateful Dead tribute in Keystone

Smokestack, a Colorado-based Grateful Dead tribute featuring members of Shakedown Street and Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead review, will play Goat Tavern on Friday, Jan. 22. Michigan’s own Smokestack has seen plenty of smoke filled bars and clubs as they’ve grown into a touring rock band. But where they differ from many up-and-coming jambands is that these four guys are equally comfortable playing funked-out jazz standards or intricate neo-classical instrumentals. For Smokestack, music is a way of life, and each style breathes unique energy into its original sound. Members of the band have studied under such legends as Roy Haynes, Rufus Reid, Terry Lynne Carrington, John Clayton, Dennis Wilson, and Matt Michaels as well as played in Latin, bluegrass, funk and jazz bands. Show starts at 10 p.m.; $5 cover. Go to

Munky Funk in Frisco

The Barkley Ballroom hosts Punch Drunk Munky Funk on Friday, Jan. 22. Punch Drunk Munky Funk is a collection of habitual line-steppers formed deep in the bowels of the center of the universe before recorded time — and they know how to get funky. Doors open for the free show at 8:30 p.m. Go to for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 23

DeadPhish Orchestra returns to Barkley’s

The Grateful Dead, Phish cover band returns to The Barkley Ballroom Saturday, Jan. 23. The DeadPhish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together. But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, the Granddaddies and Daddies of the jamband scene. Doors open for the free show at 9 p.m. Go to for more information.

Goat hosts JC & The Deadly Sins

JC & The Deadly Sins will play Goat Tavern Saturday, Jan. 23. It started with some lyrics and a melody. That’s not always how a song begins. Sometimes it starts with music, a few chords, some riffs, other times it starts with an idea. But in this case Josh Elioseff and Jim Mullett just expanded on the words, creating a sonic landscape. Within a few months, Brad Martin and Ryan Sapp joined in, adding backbeat and more composition, and JC & The Deadly Sins was born. When bassist Andy Fox became a band member in January 2015, he completed what is a solid rhythm section and enhanced the vocal harmonies. Newest member Greg Leistikow ensures solid solos and fluid fills. The rest is just in the writing. Show starts at 10 p.m.; $5 cover. Go to

Rock-n-blues in Keystone

The Snake River Saloon hosts Brian Hornbuckle Band on Saturday, Jan. 23. Brian Hornbuckle is a third-generation musician whose roots lie heavily in the blues. Playing bass with his father’s band at a young age, Brian was quickly educated in the art of performance and professionalism, which has served him well over the last 18 years of his professional musical career. The band is winning over audiences with their signature riff-oriented rock-n-blues. Doors open at 4 p.m., music starts at 9:30 p.m. Call (970) 468-2788.

Electronic beats in Dillon

Second Species will play two 50-minute sets at Lake Dillon Tavern in Dillon on Saturday, Jan. 23. Combining electronic beats, soothing guitar riffs and live percussion, Second Species blends down tempo heavy bass that transcends into heavy rock and roll. Cameron has long been a member of the Denver music community, working a long side Sunsquabi and many other talented local musician. Call (970) 468-2006.

Sunday, Jan. 24

Music five days

a week at Blue River Bistro

Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, Jan. 24, with free live music from guitarist 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. Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, Jan. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 27. The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Duo on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and the Jerry Weiss Trio on Thursday, Jan. 28. The music runs from 5-10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Vince Herman & The Ullrgrass Allstars play in Frisco

UllrGrass weekend kicks off with the UllrGrass All-Stars at the The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco. The Ullrgrass All-Stars are Vince Herman, Sam Grisman, Luke Bulla, Bill McKay, Chris Thompson, Silas Herman and more. Coral Creek opens the show. Coral Creek puts on a high-energy show appealing to audiences across the bluegrass, blues and jamband spectrum, playing genre-bending original music and unique renditions of traditional bluegrass tunes and Americana classics. Doors open for the free show at 9 p.m. Go to for more information.

Living Room

Concert with

Keith Synnestvedt

Keith Synnestvedt will play Next Page Books & Nosh’s Winter Living Room Concert on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4:30 p.m. Next Page is located at 409 Main Street #101. Call (970) 668-9291 for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Barkley’s hosts Paa Kow

Paa Kow is an internationally renowned drum set player, bandleader, composer, and teacher of music. Growing up in the small village of Enyan Denkyira near Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa, Paa Kow began to play music and tour with his family’s concert band at a very early age. He has since grown to be widely recognized as one of the most remarkable drum set players to tour in Africa, Europe, and America. Doors open for the free show at 8:30 p.m. Go to for more information.

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