Music Scene: No. 1 Family of the Blues at the Snake in Keystone
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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, Feb. 20
No. 1 Family of the Blues at the Snake
The Brian Hornbuckle Band will take the stage at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, Feb. 20. The Brian Hornbuckle Band has been methodically and diligently carving out a growing niche in the regional music scene, becoming one of Denver’s hardest working and most requested bands. Along for the ride are Jonny “Hot Rod” Vaughan on guitar, who is also currently part of the Lewis and Floorwax Groovehawg band, as well as national touring veterans Jimmy Yozell on drums and Mark DeGeorge on the keyboards. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 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. 20. 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, 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.
Genre-bending band plays in Frisco
The Matt Spinks Trio will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Friday, Feb. 20. Fingerstyle electric guitarist Matt Spinks writes songs steeped in bluegrass, rock, blues and pop. It’s different but it works with this very talented trio. So if you like John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Brad Paisley and/or Bela Fleck, you’ll enjoy the Matt Spinks Trio. Doors open at 9 p.m. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.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. 20. 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.
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. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21. 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.
Summit County five-piece rocks A-Basin
Todd Johnson & Breaking Blues will play the 6th Alley Bar at Arapahoe Basin on Friday, Feb. 20. This homegrown Summit County five-piece band plays blues-rock. The music starts at 3 p.m. Visit http://www.arapahoebasin.com.
Saturday, Feb. 21
Roosevelt Collier, members of The Motet in Frisco
The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco welcomes Roosevelt Collier and members of The Motet to the stage on Saturday, Feb. 21. Roosevelt Collier leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. Three members of The Motet join Roosevelt: Garrett Sayers (bass), Dave Watts (drums) and Joey Porter (keys). Denver’s premier funk band Rowdy Shadehouse opens. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 if purchased by Friday, Feb. 20, or $15 the day of the show. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Electric boogie at The Goat
Ignatius Reilly takes over the stage at The Goat in Keystone on Saturday, Feb. 21. Ignatius Reilly formed in Denver in 2013 after years of musical friendship among the various members forged in the southeastern United States and Colorado. The band combines alt country with southern rock, the sounds of New Orleans and classic rock ’n’ roll. Mixing a large original catalog with a diverse array of covers, the band blends acoustic numbers with raucous electric boogie. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit http://www.soupandwhiskey.com for more information.
Denver-based rockers come to Keystone
Harmonious Junk will bring their Abbey Road Beatles show to the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Saturday, Feb. 21. Harmonious Junk is a Denver-based rock group fusing jazz, funk, progressive and improvisational styles led by former James Brown lead guitarist Damon Wood. Special guests Eric Martinez (guitar and vocals for Bloodkin and Dyrty Byrds) and Jessica Jones (vocals for Funky Johnson) will join Rob Buehler, Brian Efros and Wood. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
MotherLoaded hosts Dave Connelly
Dave Connelly will bring classic rock, country and top-40 hits to the MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Saturday, Feb. 21. 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. 22
Blue River Bistro has music five days a week
Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, Feb. 22, 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. 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. 23
Delta blues at Blue River Bistro
Mark Schlaefer brings his Delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, Feb. 23, and Wednesday, Feb. 25. 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. 24
Contemporary jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro brings contemporary jazz to Breckenridge with the Thomas Haupt Duo on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit http://blueriverbistro.com for more information.
Wednesday, Feb. 25
Bluegrass Wednesdays at The Barkley
The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco will host Hog Magundy on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Hog Magundy’s musical ability shines as it brings its audience a new kind of foot-stomping, good-time grass music. The band’s shows are a mix of unique originals and covers from across the musical spectrum. The free show starts at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com.
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. 25, 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. 26
Meniskus returns to the Snake River Saloon
Meniskus will play the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, Feb. 26. The music of the Colorado trio is informed by the extensive classical training of Cris Ryt and Eric Ostberg, as well as the unique sound Bardusco brings from his experience as a self-taught guitarist growing up in Venezuela. The influences of popular rock bands, as well as the rhythms of Latin grooves and European techno-house music have found new life in the music of Meniskus. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit http://www.dambrewery.com to learn more.
Nuskool jazz in Breckenridge
The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool Modern Jazz on Thursday, Feb. 26. 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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