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Music Scene: John Brown’s Body plays original reggae in Frisco

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Special to the Daily

Friday, March 28

Original American reggae at The Barkley

On Friday, March 28, John Brown’s Body will come to the stage of The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco. John Brown’s Body formed in Boston in the mid-1990s at a time when there wasn’t what you’d call a U.S. reggae scene. The American bands that played reggae were regional at best, touring little, and many were primarily cover bands of the best-known Jamaican reggae. John Brown’s Body was one of a handful of groups that began touring nationally and created distinctly American reggae, steeped in traditional vibes but incorporating elements from other genres. Policulture will open the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18. Visit for more information.

Make peace with your beats

Fort Collins band Peace Officer will take the stage at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29. Peace Officer is a live band hip-hop-reggae-dub crew. Since forming in 2007, they have honed a sound they refer 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.

Shot of Whiskey at MotherLoaded

The Whiskey Richards will play the MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Friday, March 28. The Whiskey Richards are your one-stop shop for funk, blues and good ol’ rock ’n’ roll. They effortlessly blend a jam band feel, classic rock and a splash of funk attitude to create a killer energy. Guitarist Aaron Jenks absolutely shreds any and every song. Fellow guitarist Chad Williams chimes right in with a soulful rock edge and some great vocals. Add in an animated and refreshingly brilliant drummer named Jake Straw, and you’ve got a recipe for a good time. There’s no cover for the show, which starts at 10 p.m. Visit for more information.

Giving Tree Band returns to Summit

The Giving Tree Band will take the stage at The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern in Keystone on Friday, March 28. Led by enigmatic brothers Todd and “E” Fink, The Giving Tree Band is making its way to the head of a classy class of young American songwriters and performers. The Finks extended their brotherhood to all seven members and started out with only a collective heart as big as the ocean. They now wield a wide array of instruments from acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitars and banjos to violin, mandolin and pedal steel. The show starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit for more information.

High 5 at Jonny G’s

Summit County’s own High 5 will play Jonny G’s Bar, Nightclub & Pizzeria in Frisco on Friday, March 28. Somewhere in between the majestic altitude of Colorado’s highest peaks and the jubilation of homegrown music, the High 5 has found a synergy that transmutes what may first appear like a traditional, jammin’ performance, into a sensory-heightening experience. The four-piece ensemble co-creates new harmonic atmospheres every time the stage beckons, playing unique covers and danceable originals. The music starts at 10 p.m., there’s no cover and there will be $3 Fireballs and Sam Adams. Visit for more information.

Saturday, March 29

This Must Be the Band in Breck

This Must Be the Band, a Talking Heads tribute, will play a show with Soap on Saturday, March 29, at three20south in Breckenridge. As Chicago’s only Talking Heads Tribute Band, This Must Be the Band revives its influencer’s classic performance in a near-perfect matter. Since 2007, this tribute band has been performing all-request shows and revamping the classic Talking Heads “Stop Making Sense” show, from 1984, night after night because it’s what they love to do. Opening act Soap will perform Pink Floyd’s classic album “Wish You Were Here” in its entirety. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $15. Visit for more information.

More free music in Breckenridge

The MotherLoaded Tavern welcomes Summit County band Funky Johnson on Saturday, March 29. With the exciting new edition of Jessica Jones, Funky Johnson has expanded its library to include the soul stylings of Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone and more. This funk outfit plays originals and covers and takes inspiration from James Brown, Brand New Heavies, New Mastersounds, The Meters, Stevie Wonder and more. There’s no cover for the show, which starts at 10 p.m. Visit for more information.

DeadPhish in Frisco

The DeadPhish Orchestra will take the stage at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Saturday, March 29. DeadPhish Orchestra is just as much a tribute to the collective energy of the jam-band scene as it is to the musical library of Phish and the Grateful Dead — an excuse to bring together friends and fans in a unique, if not slightly awkward, setting that challenges conventional thinking, keeps everyone guessing and pays homage to the tunes and experiences that have provided a lot of pleasure to thousands the world over. Chain Station opens at 9 p.m., and tickets are $5. Visit for more information.

Slide guitar at The Goat

The Goat in Keystone hosts Daniel Lawrence Walker on Saturday, March 28. Recording and touring artist Walker channels roots and rhythms through slide guitar and a soulful voice ranging from bluesy swagger to subtle softness. In any setting, Walker wears his trademark half-slide Shubb Axys, the same one he’s been using for more than 12 years. This allows him to play bottleneck slide with a quick flick of the thumb and fingers, which is especially useful during solo shows when looping his rhythm part live and ripping the slide over the top. The show starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit for more information.

Whiskey for your face in Frisco

Jonny G’s welcomes Whiskey Tango for a free show on Saturday, March 29. When asked to describe their sound, the band responded, “Imagine if Bela Fleck and Jerry Garcia (or Janis Joplin, if that’s a better visual for you) conceived a baby during an underground rave. In layman’s lingo, bluegrass meets rock ’n’ roll meets electronic meets your face! You as a music lover can expect a high-energy, bouncing-off-the-walls bluegrass show, followed by a spacey electronic funk jam with a titillating X-rated Nate Todd story session skulked in there. The music starts at 10 p.m., and there will be $3 Long Islands and Jagers. Visit for more information.

Local singer-songwriter performs in Breck

On Saturday, March 29, Josh Galvin will be performing at the Tenmile Station Restaurant Starlight Dinner, which delivers diners via sleigh to a gourmet dinner under the stars at the Tenmile Station on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Galvin is an acoustic guitar player, singer-songwriter and recording artist from Breckenridge who plays original songs and eclectic covers. He will play from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

Sunday, March 30

Want to see Tool? See Schism

A Tribute to Tool: Schism will take the stage at three20south in Breckenridge on Sunday, March 30. Credited as the longest-running Tool tribute band, Schism has created a name for itself both nationally and internationally. This tribute band formed in 2001 after Keith Williams, Angelo Rivera, Sean Murray and Donald Puateri attended a Tool show at Madison Square Garden and discovered their like dream of sharing the Tool experience with other fans throughout the world. The band has gained enough exposure to be endorsed by the actual members of Tool, who said, “Tool is currently not on tour. If you’d like to see Tool, go see Schism.” Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Visit for more information.

Piano recital at Dillon church
Ali Christiansen; Charlotte Hudnut; Simeon, Malachi and Brianna Ryan; Kaeli and Priya Subberwal and Andrew Vargas will present a piano performance on Sunday, March 30, at the Dillon Community Church. Repertoire will include works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and more, plus student improvisations. The recital begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call (970) 453-6243.

Wednesday, April 2

Free bluegrass at The Barkley

The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco welcomes Caribou Mountain Collective on Wednesday, April 2. Caribou Mountain Collective is a dynamic bluegrass quartet from Nederland. Drawing on the current revival of roots music and breaking new ground in mountain musical traditions, these young musicians perform high-energy shows that keep the house moving all night. The free show starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Thursday, April 3

Jam at the Dam with Arnie J. Green

Thursday, April 3, is open mic night with Arnie J. Green at the Dillon Dam Brewery. Accomplished musicians are invited to stop by to session with Green, playing funk, rock, R&B and creative mash-ups. This event is for musicians 21 and older, and there’s no cover. For more information, visit

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