Music Scene: Snake in Keystone reopens restaurant with Funky Johnson |

Music Scene: Snake in Keystone reopens restaurant with Funky Johnson

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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 for more information.

Friday, May 22

The Snake River Saloon in Keystone will host two nights with Funky Johnson on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, to celebrate the reopening of the restaurant for the summer season. 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. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.

Live music returns to the MotherLoaded

The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge reopens and cranks up the live music for the summer with Stoney Live on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. 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

Ridge Street Wine welcomes Acoustic Moose

Acoustic Moose will be singing, playing and telling tall, tantalizing tales at Ridge Street Wine/Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate on Friday, May 22. Not to be confused with Electric or Eccentric Moose, this ungulate has been ensconced in the local music scene for more than two decades, singing and blowing harmonicas with the likes of Buckwheat Groats, the Soul Bisquits, Raised on Rhubarb, The Pine Beetles and many more acts. The music runs from 5:30 to about 8 p.m. Call (970) 453-5139 for more information.

Delta blues at Blue River Bistro

Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Friday, May 22. 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., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Saturday, May 23

Shakin’ at the Basin with Wash Park

Wash Park, formerly Moses Jones, will play the Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series on Saturday, May 23. Wash Park is a hard-hitting, high-energy dance band that is rocking the scene in Colorado. Whether it’s the old-school dance classics or the hits from today, Wash Park is sure to light any event on fire. The music runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Base Area, with pork or brisket sliders as the treat of the day, served individually or platter style with corn on the cob, house-made potato salad, baked beans or house chips. Visit for more information.

Barkley Ballroom rocks with DJ Tang

The Barkley Ballroom reopens its doors for the summer with DJ Tang on Saturday, May 23. DJ Tang (Thang Ky) has been performing for 10 years playing underground music venues, action sport events, Red Bull Sponsored Shows, private parties, MTV Spring Break Tour, Playboy Playmate Parties and top 100 nightclubs. Somehow he makes it work and has been known to play eight-hour sets without repeating music and crossing genres boundaries to always surprise the audience. Doors open at 8 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Contemporary jazz in Breckenridge

The Blue River Bistro brings contemporary jazz to Breckenridge with the Thomas Haupt Duo on Saturday, May 23. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, May 27

Bluegrass Wednesdays return to The Barkley

The Barkley Ballroom brings back its free Bluegrass Wednesdays shows on May 27 with Sour Bridges. Sour Bridges plays browngrass music — it’s like bluegrass, just a little dirtier. Formed in 2009 with rock ’n’ roll inspiration, a steady drumbeat and some good old-fashioned doo-wop sensibility, this Austin, Texas, band has cultivated a sound that is as unique as it is organic. Doors open at 9 p.m. Visit

Thursday, May 28

Barkley welcomes

Nashville blues and rock

Nashville’s Jason Daniels Band takes the stage at The Barkley Ballroom for a free show on Thursday, May 28. The Jason Daniels Band has blues and rock woven into some of the best songwriting of any touring band today. Daniels’ songs draw from his years of travels and adventures, which landed him everywhere from Europe to The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir’s couch to jail. His songs are honest, heartfelt reflections of the ups and downs that go along with living life to the fullest. Doors open at 8 p.m. with a free keg, and the music starts at 9:30. Visit to learn more.

—Compiled by Krista Driscoll

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