Summit County Music Scene: Snake in Keystone hosts New Family Dog |

Summit County Music Scene: Snake in Keystone hosts New Family Dog

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

Friday, July 18

New Family Dog will play the Snake River Saloon in Keystone on Friday, July 18. 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.

Two shots of free music in Dillon

The free music in Dillon will kick off on Friday, July 18, with Randall Mckinnon at the Dillon Farmers Market from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stick around after the market for the Friday Night Concert Series at the Dillon Amphitheater, this week featuring Euforquestra. The band has an ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For more than a decade, the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, Afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss.” The music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

FAC at Keystone with Trout Steak Revival

Trout Steak Revival will play Friday Afternoon Club at Keystone on Friday, July 18, at the Summit House at the top of Dercum Mountain. From Trout Steak Revival’s beginning as an informal jamming unit during treks through the Front Range, this Denver-based roots quintet has evolved into one of Colorado’s most tightly knit, hard-driving bluegrass bands. Their brand of heartfelt songwriting blends dynamic musicianship with intricately woven harmonies, all tied together with the unmistakable sound of their years of friendship. FAC runs from 1 to 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Saturday, July 19

Snake welcomes The New Classics

The Snake River Saloon in Keystone welcomes The New Classics on Saturday, July 19. The New Classics Band is one of the top cover bands in Denver. This outstanding five-piece band plays your favorite ’80s rock hits, ’70s funk and soul and classic rock ’n’ roll dance songs that keep the energy high and get the party going. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.

Sunset at the Summit series continues

Ron Ivory & One on One will take the stage at the Dillon Amphitheater on Saturday, July 19, as part of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Sunset at the Summit concert series. One on One is a quartet that showcases Motown, classic soul and old-school rhythm and blues just the way you like it. This quintessential quartet features songs from the ’50s through the ’90s. The free music starts at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Sunday, July 20

DooWop Denny at Blue Spruce

For the 15th year in a row, DooWop Denny brings his rockin’ oldies show back to the Blue Spruce Inn in Frisco on Sunday afternoons for the summer. After a sunny season rocking Florida beach towns, Denny is looking forward to another summer in Summit County. His knack for connecting with the audience and playing to the crowd brings excitement to the dance floor, smiles to faces and a whole lot of fun to Frisco. Drop in for drinks, a bite to eat and your favorite ’50s and’60s songs. The music runs from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Free music at Festival in the Clouds

Kevin Danzig and Faith Crawford will perform on Sunday, July 20, at the 17th annual Festival in the Clouds in Alma. Danzig and Crawford will take the stage at 1 p.m. with band members Brad Curry, Eamon Danzig and Mike Fauth. The free, outdoor art and music festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes about 25 bands playing a mix of folk, rock, jazz and blues and 40 regional artists. In addition to art and music, the event also features food, children’s activities, a beer garden, dancing and more. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, July 22

MarchFourth Marching Band plays free show in Vail

The Bud Light Hot Summer Nights concert series at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail continues on Tuesday, July 22, with the MarchFourth Marching Band. Aside from their marching band-themed costumes, as well as the five-piece percussion corps and six-part brass section, MarchFourth is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense. MarchFourth is anchored by funky electric bass and has been evolving into a more guitar- and vocal-driven musical experience. Hot Summer Nights shows are free to the public, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and happy hour with food and drink specials until the start of the concert at 6:30. For more information, like “Vail Free Concerts” on Facebook or visit

Wednesday, July 23

Bluegrass Wednesday at The Barkley

The Pine Dwellers will play Bluegrass Wednesdays at The Barkley Ballroom on Wednesday, July 23. Coming from the historically musically rich town of Nederland, the Pine Dwellers are following in suit with bringing fresh, lively, meaningful music to these beautiful Colorado Rockies. Formed during the summer of 2013, these four musicians, each bring their own unique aspects and sounds to the group, working together to create new pieces of music and play them out to make people dance. The free show starts at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

Weekly music happy hour at Next Page books

The Next Page bookstore in Frisco continues its weekly music and happy hour on Wednesday, July 23, 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’s delivery and outstanding musicianship are the stuff of expressive storytelling and satisfying listening. The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Thursday, July 24

Barkley hosts Elephant Wrecking Ball

Elephant Wrecking Ball will play a free show at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Thursday, July 24. An amalgamation of heavy grooves, ambient dub and otherworldly sounds, Elephant Wrecking Ball transports listeners into familiar yet uncharted musical territories. A tight and disciplined drum and bass combo provide a ground-shaking foundation on which an effect-laden trombone applies layers of ethereal mayhem, spinning audiences into a state of submission and head-nodding satisfaction. The show starts at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

Free live music at Dillon Dam Brewery

The Dillon Dam Brewery will host Fort Collins band Bill Smith & Nunchuck on Thursday, July 24. Taking new steps on the grand musical journey, Smith has found the ability to ferment futuristic songs with classic rock instrumentation and has been leaving music fans breathless with the heavy-hitting sound. Featuring a repertoire of solid original songs seething with hooks and tastefully chosen covers, this is a band that holds a consistently high level of energy throughout its sets. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, visit

MarchFourth Marching Band at Concert in the Park

Frisco’s Concert in the Park free music series continues on Thursday, July 24, with the MarchFourth Marching Band. This group of 15 to 20 has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). MarchFourth Marching Band has become a Frisco favorite since its first performance here in 2012. The free music runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Frisco Historic Park, 120 Main St., and concession sales benefit Summit County Preschool. For more information, visit

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