Sherpa’s gets new owner, more music
BRECKENRIDGE – Sherpa and Yeti’s has a new owner, and if you hang out there, you probably know him. But don’t expect that to get you in the door for free.Josh and Adam Frager, the owners of Sherpa’s for six years, sold the nightclub to Mike Emry this month. And though word on the street is spreading about Emry owning the place, he prefers not to comment.”Mike knows so many people in town, and they’ll hound him and ask him for deals at the door,” Josh Frager said. “That’s part of the problem in a small town. As an owner, you get stopped in the streets.”With the change in ownership comes a more consistent music lineup. In the past, live music varied from two to five nights a week, and some nights the doors opened without live music.”While our schedule has been great at times, we have often suffered from being inconsistent – from both a scheduling and marketing point of view,” said Crawford Byers, talent buyer. “Too often, our calendar has had weekend nights left void of live entertainment. And even worse, it seems that we’ve had great shows that no one came to because of lack of advertising. (Now) people are going to know Sherpa’s is an option for live music almost every night.”Sherpa’s talent buying will be done in-house, as opposed to outside companies contributing to the booking, which will avoid scheduling conflicts and confusion, Byers said.Byers plans to book acts four to five nights a week in July and August – a schedule as full as the winter season. Though he says the acts won’t be as big as those that come in January, July’s lineup includes Black Pegasus, Eric Lindell, Lateef & DJ Relm, Garaj Mahal, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Porter, Bastiste and Stoltz and more.”With the new ownership comes a fresh enthusiasm for the place,” Byers said.Sherpa’s also has upgraded its appearance and sound system. And Byers said going smoke-free has helped solidify Sherpa’s reputation as one of Colorado’s best places to see live music.Josh Frager will hang out at Sherpa’s this summer to help Emry with the transition. Then he’s leaving the county for warmer weather and a bigger city atmosphere. His brother, Adam Frager, may go to Europe.”If I could have picked up Sherpa’s and taken it with me, I would have,” Josh Frager said. “The problem is I wanted to leave Summit County.”Sherpa’s went on the market at the end of last season and had a contract within six weeks, but the deal fell through. The Fragers relisted it last November. Emry, who DJ’d weekly at Sherpa’s, is now operating under a temporary, 120-day liquor license.Sherpa’s grand re-opening takes place tonight with the B-Side Players.June’s tunes and beyond- B-side Players, Latin reggae, funk, soul: Thursday- Boogie Night, hip-hop: Friday- Bonerama, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, New Orleans style: Wednesday, June 22- MC Battle with DJs NC-17 and DJ NME: Friday, June 24- Melvin Seals and J.G.B., Jerry Garcia’s keyboardist: Saturday, June 25- Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash: Thursday, June 30- Black Pegasus, hip-hop poet: Friday, July 1- Eric Lindell, New Orleans blues: Saturday, July 2- Other acts coming in July: Lateef & DJ Relm, Garaj Mahal, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Porter, Bastiste and Stoltz and more.
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