Music Scene: Roundup of live music in Summit County |

Music Scene: Roundup of live music in Summit County

Salem will play Goat Tavern on Friday, Jan. 15, with the Risan Project’s 2016 Winter Tour, which includes ski and snowboard film premiers, avalanche awareness, and outdoor industry and cannabis and hemp industry partners. Show starts at 10 p.m., cost is $5. For more information, 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.

Salem will play Goat Tavern on Friday, Jan. 15, with the Risan Project’s 2016 Winter Tour. Salem has been touring throughout North America at festival, club and action sports events from the group’s home in Breckenridge. The band performs Todd Anders Johnson’s socially-conscious compositions blending hip-hop, jazz and funk. The band travels with Risan Project tours which include Salem concerts, ski and snowboard film premiers, avalanche awareness, and outdoor industry and cannabis and hemp industry partners. Show starts at 10 p.m., cost is $5. For more information, go to

Birch Street plays two-night run in Keystone

Denver band Birch Street will play at the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16. Birch Street has quickly become one of Colorado’s most celebrated up-and-coming acts and are poised to follow in the footsteps of the many recent local Colorado acts to take their talents to a national audience. But behind their rapid ascent lies a tight-knit quintet of longtime friends with their own unique flavor of rock and roll blended with dirty blues and country soul. Their meaningful lyrics and musicianship evoke and transform the traditions of these genres in such a way that is celebrated by traditionalists and modern appreciators alike. Birch Street has roots not unlike most bands, with high school friends Jake Langenhorst (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Chad Macht (bass) wanting to form their own band. In 2011, the duo was referred to Cooper Leith (drums) by a mutual musical teacher, with Andy Burns (lead guitar) and Sheldon Slater (piano/keyboards) joining soon after leaving another project they were in together. Doors open at 4 p.m., music starts at 9:30 p.m. Call (970) 468-2788.

ATOMGA plays in Frisco

The Barkley Ballroom hosts ATOMGA on Friday, Jan. 15. Being hailed as “Denver’s newest party band” is a hefty responsibility. Luckily, no task seems too great for Denver’s 11-piece afrobeat outfit, ATOMGA to take on. Founded in 2011, ATOMGA is already a planet-sized force taking the scene by storm. Using afrobeat as its foundation, the band is not afraid to take chances while staying true to their authentic roots — and it’s working. Doors open for the free show at 8:30 p.m. Go to for more information.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Saturday, Jan. 16

Two nights of Motet in Keystone

The Motet will play a two-night run at Warren Station on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 17. Progressive funk collective The Motet recently announced 2016 Winter Tour plans. Among the plans — a selection of vocalist friends, old and new, will join the band along their upcoming Winter Tour dates. On the list of special guests are Tanya Shylock, LaDamion Massey and Paul Creighton — all familiar voices to Motet fans because of their amazing appearances during The Motet’s special “Mixtape” performances over the past couple of years. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door for the all ages show. Doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, please contact (970) 423 8992 or visit

Motet after-show at the Goat

Technicolor Tone Factory will play Goat Tavern on Saturday, Jan. 16. Over the past four years, Technicolor Tone Factory has become one of Boulder’s premier rock bands. With several regional and national tours under their belt, they are continuing to build fans and a reputation as one of Colorado’s up-and-coming bands. Not only have they managed to impress various genres of music fans, they continue to build their network of fellow musicians with whom they have shared the stage; notable acts such as: Moe, Snarky Puppy, Wycleff Jean, Dopapod, Jimkata, Leanne Rhymes, Tauk, Turkuaz, Perpetual Groove and Twiddle. They have headlined great venues such as CU Event Center, The Bluebird, The Boulder Theater, The Fox Theater, and played festivals such as Wakarusa and Arise. Show starts at 10 p.m., cost is $5. For more information, go to

Free show at Barkley Ballroom

Tallgrass and JD & The Straight Shot will both play at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Saturday, Jan. 16. Tallgrass is a trio from Iowa City bringing gravel road vocals, quick-picked guitar and a rhythm section with stomping ground sound. The continued evolution of JD & The Straight Shot now sees singer-songwriter Jim Dolan fronting a four-person group as the band explores a stripped-down version of its sound, which is steeped in the quiet fire of Americana, with distinctive elements of the blues and mystical, rustic New Orleans-flavored roots music. Doors open for the free show at 8:30 p.m. Go to for more information.

Local plays Lucha Cantina in Georgetown

Carey Robinson and Dru Griffen of Local Folk will play Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Lucha Cantina in Georgetown from 6–9 p.m. Robinson was a vocal music major at Western State College in Gunnison, studying opera when he first heard bluegrass and western swing — he became hooked. Robinson landed in Summit in ’83 and has been performing in bars and restaurants around the county.

Sunday, Jan. 17

Electron plays two nights in Frisco

Electron will play The Barkley Ballroom on Sunday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Jan. 18. At first glance, you might mistake Electron for an all star super-group. With a lineup featuring Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner from the Disco Biscuits, Mike Greenfield from Lotus and Tom Hamilton from JRAD and American Babies, Electron is working with some of the most experienced talent in the jamband world. A two-night ticket is $38. Go to for more information.

Dewey Paul Band in Keystone

The Dewey Paul Band will play the Motet after-show at Goat Tavern in Keystone. Fronted by musician-promoter Dewey Paul Moffitt, the Dewey Paul Band boasts a very talented lineup of accomplished musicianship. While Moffitt takes center stage with his guitar and vocal stylings, he is often joined by saxophonist extraordinaire Walter Darnell Holland, bass virtuoso Tim Steele, wizard keyboardist Matt Workman and rhythm master Andy Sweetser on drums and percussion. The resulting sound is pure jam-influenced Americana. The music starts at 10 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit for more information.

Music five days a week at Blue River Bistro

Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, Jan. 17, 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. The music runs from 5-10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Monday, Jan. 18

Delta blues at Blue River Bistro

Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, Jan. 18, and Wednesday, Jan. 20. Schlaefer writes personal acoustic blues about his life in the Colorado High Country. The music runs from 5-10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Instrumental jazz in Breckenridge

The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Duo on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and the Jerry Weiss Trio on Thursday, Jan. 21. 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 5-10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Pickin’ on Ween in Frisco

The Barkley Ballroom hosts Pickin’ on Ween, Wednesday, Jan. 20. A mutual love and appreciation of the music of Ween inspired Denver and Boulder musicians to form Pickin’ on Ween. Since playing its first gig a little over a year ago, Pickin’ on Ween has played several successful and inspired shows in the Denver area. Utilizing an acoustic-based, improvisational approach, P.o.W. delivers fresh, creative arrangements that are a testament to Ween’s exceptional song writing, playing selections from each of Ween’s eight studio albums. Doors open for the free show at 9 p.m. Go to for more information.

Weekly music happy hour at Next Page books

The weekly music and happy hour at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 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. The music runs from 4-6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Brewery hosts Big Green Carpet

The Dillon Dam Brewery hosts Big Green Carpet on Thursday, Jan. 21. Big Green Carpet is a Colorado four-piece rock band performing and recording original melodic rock music, with soulful riffs and meaningful, heartfelt lyrics. There is a $5 cover, music starts at 9:30 p.m.

Feel the bass in Frisco

Bass Physics will play The Barkley Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 21. Bass Physics is a Denver-based duo consisting of A.P. Adair and Luke Sims that came together with one objective in mind: To spread positive vibes through the power of music. Their genre-bending sound is made up of soulful electronic beats fused with live guitar and keys. While some songs weave beautifully expressive sonic landscapes, others explode with power and energy. Doors open for the free show at 8:30 p.m. Go to for more information.

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