Music Scene: Summit County five-piece rocks Arapahoe Basin |

Music Scene: Summit County five-piece rocks Arapahoe Basin

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Special to the Daily
Special to the Daily |

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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 29

Summit County five-piece rocks A-Basin

Todd Johnson & Breaking Blues will play the 6th Alley Bar & Grill in the base area of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area on Friday, May 29. This homegrown Summit County five-piece band plays blues-rock. The music runs from 3 to 6 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, 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 29. 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.

Snake hosts New Family Dog

New Family Dog will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, May 29. New Family Dog is Jon Ridnell’s latest incarnation aimed at getting back to his funk and jazz roots, with Ridnell on guitar and vocals, son Miles Ridnell on bass and vocals, Steve Saviano on drums, Paul Stadler on sax and Dave Lyons on percussion. Ridnell has written a lot of new progressive material, although the band has the versatility to play almost any genre. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.

Delta blues at Blue River Bistro

Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Friday, May 29. 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 30

Shakin’ at the Basin with High Five

Summit County band High Five will play the Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series on Saturday, May 30. High Five plays a little bit of everything, from unique covers and danceable originals to blue-grassy, jazzy, rocky, jammy mountain music. However, if there’s one thing that never changes, it’s the general feeling of “good times with good friends” that constantly persists throughout each and every High Five show. The players come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, which makes for a fresh, well-traveled sound. The music runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Base Area. Visit for more information.

DJ Rudeboi at the Snake

DJ Rudeboi plays your favorite top-40 hits to re-open the Snake River Saloon in Keystone for the spring on Saturday, May 30. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.

Instrumental jazz in Breckenridge

The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Duo on Saturday, May 30. 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 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Monday, June 1

Snake River Saloon hosts The J Band

The J Band will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Monday, June 1. This acoustic beach-dance-rock band out of California describes its sound as “pretty much the music Bob Dylan and Bob Marley would make after taking tequila shots together.” The J Band last appeared in Summit County in June 2014 at the Island Grill at the Frisco Bay Marina. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information. Learn more about the band at

Wednesday, June 3

Barkley Ballroom welcomes Chain Station

Chain Station will take the stage at The Barkley Ballroom on Wednesday, June 3. Chain Station is a four-piece, high-energy, get ’em out on the dance floor string band from the Front Range. They’ve become known for catchy and lyrically poignant original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. It’s pure mountain music. Their live shows have become that of legend, with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out. Doors open at 9 p.m. for the free show. Visit to learn more.

Thursday, June 4

Indie folk island rock band comes to Frisco

Lola Rising will play The Barkley Ballroom on Thursday, June 4. Lola Rising is a Colorado-based indie folk island rock band, composed of Denver locals Paul Medina Guevara (lead vocals, guitar, ukulele), Woody Roberts (bass guitar, piano, vocals) and Kevin Eady (guitar, vocals, ukulele). Their danceable rhythms, honest poetry and smooth, melodic multipart harmonies make their music familiar, fun, accessible, vivid and thought provoking. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Visit for more information.

Free music in Vail at GoPro Mountain Games

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will present “Run DMC Remixed” to open a series of free live concerts at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail on Thursday, June 4. At the GoPro Mountain Games, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will be joined during their second set by San Diego-based MCs Vokab Kompany to present “Run DMC Remixed.” Together, they’ll reinvent hits from the groundbreaking rappers, including “It’s Tricky,” “My Adidas” and “King of Rock.” DJ Dojah opens at 6:30 p.m., followed by the headliners at 7:45 p.m. Visit to learn more.

Open mic night at the Dam

The Dillon Dam Brewery will host open mic night on Thursday, June 4. Serious local musicians age 21 and older are invited to drop in to session. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

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