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Live music abounds around the Vail Valley for Labor Day weekend

Charlie Owen
Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailySeven-member band Lubriphonic fancy themselves a "live band, first and foremost," said guitarist Giles Corey. "There's a palpable energy emitted by any large gathering of people. When you perform for an audience and give them positive energy, they take what you give them, amplify it and then throw it back to you. It's a fantastic feeling." They perform at the Sandbar in West Vail tonight.
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FRIDAY

Lubriphonic at Sandbar Sports Grill

Lube up and head out to see Chicago’s own funk masters, Lubriphonic. This fun and festive band of all-star musicians fuses soul, funk, rock, blues and horn music to create a fresh take on each genre and give your feet something to dance about.



“I would describe them as funky rock and roll,” said Jason Barber, general manager of the Sandbar. “They’ve got a horn section, rhythm, all that good stuff.”

The show is $7 and starts at 10 p.m. To learn more call 970-476-4314.



Frogs Gone Fishin’ and friends at Agave

Agave in Avon is bringing together a local musical lineup tonight with Frogs Gone Fishin’ and members of Bonfire and The Sesh. Witness for yourself the talent of each band when these heavyweights collaborate for your enjoyment.

The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door. To learn more call 970-748-8666.



DJ Wild Bill at Paddy’s

DJ Wild Bill spins old school-style with real vinyl at Paddy’s tonight.

“DJ Wild Bill has graced our Friday night party a few times,” said Sue Swimm, owner of Paddy’s. “He rocks the crowd and everyone always has a fun time.”

The show starts at 10 p.m. and is free. To learn more call 970-949-6093.

Bluzilla at Eagle’s Nest

Bluzilla will rock the top of Vail Mountain tonight. The band is playing Vail’s final FAC show of the year at Eagles Nest so watch the sunset on the mountains while getting a healthy dose of powerhouse blues from local musicians.

Bluzilla takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. and the show is free but gondola rides are $15, which includes a $10 voucher good for food and beverage on top of the mountain; 2009-’10 and 2010-’11 ski pass holders ride for free. To learn more call 970-754-8245.

Spring Creek at Saltwater Cowboy

The bluegrass band Spring Creek, from Lyons, will play a free show tonight at Saltwater Cowboy in Avon. The band covers bluegrass standards as well as playing original material with a focus on the fundamentals of the genre like vocal harmonies and powerful use of stringed instruments.

The show is free and starts at 10 p.m. with happy hour at noon until close and live acoustic music on the deck from noon to 4 p.m.

To learn more call 970-949-0609.

DJ Psychonaut spins at Samana

In case you haven’t noticed, DJ Psychonaut had been making the rounds at clubs throughout the valley. His latest stop is at Samana Lounge in Vail tonight.

“He’s a really progressive Colorado producer known for his reggae and dub tracks,” said Scotty Stoughton, nightlife host for Samana Lounge. “When he plays at Samana he does more of a club set. He’ll do ’80s and ’90s dance and switch from hip-hop to house.”

If the dance floor is your destination, check out DJ Psychonaut and see what all the hype is about.

The show starts at 10 p.m. and is free. For more information call 970-476-3433.

Bonfire plays Restaurant Avondale’s FAC

Led by frontman Scotty Stoughton, reggae influenced Bonfire has gone through a bit of an evolution in the past year.

“I started out on a journey and created some new tunes, put a bunch of people together and played a bunch of shows there for a year,” Stoughton said. “That kind of led me to hone the sound, take some time off and write a bunch of new music and come back much more refined.”

Stoughton said that Bonfire is more about the quality of the songs and shows it plays than quantity. He’ll be leading the band for a free show at Restaurant Avondale’s FAC party tonight.

Stoughton described the band’s music as “really simple, layered music that is all about the whole song” instead of any one individual in the band.

“It’s got some downtempo influence with a dash of acoustic and a dash of electronic,” Stoughton said. “We’re bringing all these styles together in a really unique way with a real positive message.”

The show starts at 5 p.m. and is free. To learn more call 970-790-5500.

SATURDAY

DJ Lito at Samana

DJ Lito brings his Miami sounds to the Samana Lounge for an evening of nasty scratching and mixing on the turntables.

“He’s a very Miami-influenced club DJ,” said Scotty Stoughton, nightlife host for Samana Lounge. “He throws in a little bit of Latin flavor. He’s super high-energy. He’ll mix it up from house to hip-hop to some old school to some Latin stuff.”

The show starts at 10 p.m. and is free. To learn more call 970-476-3433

The Congress at Paddy’s

The Congress returns to Paddy’s in Avon tonight for another free show. This Denver-based band brings a Southern-rock appeal to the stage along with lots of intensity. Mixing the classic styles of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet with modern alt-country bands like Wilco and Drive-By Truckers, The Congress know how to crank up the volume and rock out.

The show starts at 10 p.m. and is free. To learn more call 970-949-6093.

Warsaw Poland Bros. at Sandbar Sports Grill

There’s 365 days in a year, and Warsaw Poland Bros. pride themselves on playing 300 of those days every year. Tonight Warsaw will play at Sandbar Sports Grill in West Vail, and it’s sure to be a party, according to the venues general manager, Jason Barber.

“They’re a ska, punk band out of Arizona,” Barber said.

Barber said the band played at the Sandbar about two years ago and it was “a great show.”

“(It was) high energy the whole time … they really bring some energy to the room,” Barber said.

The show is $7 and starts at 10 p.m. To learn more call 970-476-4314.

Greensky Bluegrass at Agave

Their sound has been described as “guerillagrass,” but no matter what you call it, there’s no denying the fact that Greensky Bluegrass has made a name for itself in a genre of music that is already overpopulated. The band won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s band competition in 2006 and have played many other festivals since. Tonight at Agave, Greensky Bluegrass will release its double live album titled “All Access: Volume One” and perform for the CD release party.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The show starts at 10 p.m. To learn more call 970-748-8666.

SUNDAY

Reggae night at Paddy’s

Paddy’s will host its all new reggae night tonight and local reggae DJs Weez and Jah Stone will share spinning duties throughout the night.

“Lightning Flash Intl. Sound Feat is the new and revived DJ Weez and DJ Jah Stone reggae show originally at the Sandbar,” said Sue Swimm, owner of Paddy’s. “Paddy’s is very proud to have these guys come and share their vast reggae music collection and knowledge.”

Call 970-949-6093 to learn more.

DJ Lito at Saltwater Cowboy

DJ Lito brings his Miami sounds to the Saltwater Cowboy for an evening of nasty scratching and mixing on the turntables.

Heavily influenced by the Latin-flavored sounds of Miami, DJ Lito mixes everything from house to hip-hop in his very high-energy show.

To learn more call 970-949-0609.


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