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Summit County weekend roundup: Town has the audio goods

Having lived a stone's throw from Nashville, Tennessee, for the last decade, my ears were lucky.

The Grand Ole Opry, the history Ryman Auditorium, the famous Bluebird Café and the nearby hippie music festival Bonnaroo have all been crossed off the list of places I must experience for myself. Nashville is a great city with a thriving nightlife, and no, you can't throw a cat there without hitting some great, undiscovered talent trying to make it big with a guitar, but that's not the point of this piece. Rather, I'm happy to report that, with my recent move to Summit County, my luck seems to have continued.

Some people might chirp that local lineups lack the international star-power of major metropolitan cities, especially one like Nashvegas, but to them, I'd point out that our venues here are more intimate, the bands are solid and when you look at the plethora of bookings — from our bars and saloons to the local nonprofit music groups — there are so many options it has to enough to satisfy even the picky of palates.

Just last weekend, I was lucky enough to catch Funkiphino at the Snake River Saloon on U.S. Highway 6 in Keystone. I didn't know what to expect going into it, but the restaurant and bar owner, Jim Shields, said it was going to be a special night and that was enough to pique my interest. Turns out he wasn't lying, and in an absolutely packed house, the audience had little room to move and the 12-musician band had even less on the Snake's stage that seems just about right for maybe a three-, four- or five-member group.

Before the show, Mr. Shields said he didn't know how they were going pull it off with 12, and even though I saw it with my own two eyes, I still don't believe that they did.

I think the best part came late in the show Saturday night, when the band parsed out off the stage and into the crowd. By my seat off to the side, we had one of the saxes playing just for us, while a trumpet went behind the bar and one of the singers found his way to the crowd, sitting in front of it.

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And just down the road from the Snake is The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern. That's one of the newest additions to my growing list of must-sees, and what's great about the proximity of the pair is that if you hit one and decide it's not your scene, you can easily make your way over to the other. You could get hit with two covers doing this, but each one is reasonable enough — usually $5 to $10, if not free — that it's no big loss.

For people like me, who like to play it by ear, the Snake and the Goat are great, flexible game plans for a Friday or Saturday night. For a complete roundup, keep an eye on our weekly calendar listings and the Music Scene in Friday's Summit Life.

Here's a handful of musical performances and other possible fun happenings this weekend not to be overlooked.

Snake and Goat

At the Snake River Saloon are Zuma Road tonight and the Lee Rogers Band on Saturday. Down the road, at The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern, are the Grateful Dead tribute band Juba Juba tonight and the Lowdown Brass Band on Saturday. All four require a minimal cover. Additionally, the Goat is hosting the Willie Waldman Project for Fat Tuesday.

Free-for-all Mardi Gras

Technically, it's not the weekend, but for Mardi Gras we'll make an exception. There are two free shows Tuesday, one featuring Nacho Men at 3:30 p.m. in Keystone with a gumbo cook-off, and the other with the Lowdown Brass Band in Breckenridge following the parade.

Hope on the Slopes

Skiers and snowboards can make a day of riding the mountain more meaningful Saturday by raising money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. At the event, individuals and teams will compete for top fundraising, most vertical feet or continued participation. For more info, go to HopeOnTheSlopes.org.

Canvas Uncorked

Channel your inner artist with a little liquid encouragement. From 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Warren Station at Keystone will teach the basics of acrylic painting while pupils enjoy a glass of wine in an upbeat, casual painting party. This isn't just for artists, but people can come away from this with a masterpiece for one of their walls. Tickets are $30 for children and $40 for adults in advance, or $5 more at the door. Recommended ages for children are 12-18 and they must be accompanied by an adult.

A red carpet affair

The Breckenridge Film Festival's signature fundraiser comes on Oscar night at the Grand Vacations Community Center in Breckenridge. The watch party kicks off at 5:45 Sunday and goes until the Best Picture is announced. It's red carpet attire with prizes, a silent auction and more. People also may cast ballots and try to pick the winners, and a silent auction has a number of great items. Tickets at BreckFilmFest.org.

Eli Pace is the arts and entertainment editor for the Summit Daily News, and he writes a regular column focusing on fun weekend happenings in Summit County. Email him at epace@summitdaily.com.