Plan your weekend in the Vail Valley
FRIDAYEvan Templeton, aka DJ Carve, spins at Samana LoungeTo see a DJ who’s in tune with what’s going on with the bigger clubs all over the world, check out DJ Evan Templeton at your local club.”He blends a lot of styles – hop-hop into electronic … he’s pretty progressive with what he’s got going on but he keeps it really diversified as well,” said Scotty Stoughton, nightlife host for Samana Lounge. “He’s been a really good DJ for us.”The show starts at 10 p.m. and is free. For more information call 970-476-3433.Black Dog at Main St. GrillJon “Black Dog” Ridnell fronts his rotating roster of musicians to create the band Black Dog, and they’ll be playing tonight at Main St. Grill in Edwards. Specializing in blues, rock, funk and jazz, Black Dog is all about the groove and getting the crowd moving. The show is free and starts at 10 p.m. To learn more call 970-926-2729.WhiteWater Ramble at Saltwater CowboyWhiteWater Ramble from Fort Collins returns to the valley for a show at Saltwater Cowboy in Avon tonight. This band’s take on the bluegrass genre packs a little more punch than your typical band by letting drummer AC Lao go at it with rock beats while the rest of the band aren’t afraid to plug in their stringed instruments to give the songs a much more rock ‘n’ roll feel. WhiteWater Ramble’s style could be called something closer to thrash-grass and you won’t want to miss the excitement these guys bring to a room. The show starts at 10 p.m. and is free. To learn more, call 970-949-0609.SATURDAYPoor Boy Reunion at Loaded Joe’sOriginally from Kentucky but now residing in Leadville, Poor Boy Reunion will provide bluegrass Saturday when they play a free show at Loaded Joe’s in Avon. Poor Boy Reunion unites folk and bluegrass in fresh, original tunes but they’re not afraid to throw in an old-timey classic cover or two either.The show starts at 9 p.m. and is free. To learn more call 970-748-1480.Dubtonic Kru plays at Paddy’sIf the on-coming cold weather is making you crave a warmer climate, check out the island grooves of Dubtonic Kru tonight at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail. This five-piece reggae band, fronted by Deleon “Jubba” White, hails from Kingston, Jamaica and mixes drum and base, roots and dub styles to create a unique and very fun sound.The show is free and starts at 10 p.m. To learn more call 970-949-6093. Oktoberfest returnsOne of the most popular parties in the world returns to the valley with Oktoberfest in Vail Village today and Sunday. Come out and celebrate the on-coming autumn and all things German, including beer, brats and music. Today’s festivities begin at noon with Rhinelanders Band with Helmut Fricker performing from noon to 3:30 p.m. There will also be Bavarian dancers, a bratwurst eating contest, keg bowling and lots of beer. Don’t miss a special performance by Mad Dog & The Smokin J’s from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oktoberfest closes at 10 p.m. To learn more call 970-476-6797.SUNDAYStephen Kellogg And The Sixers at the Vilar Performing Arts CenterAuthentic rock ‘n’ roll comes to the Vilar Performing Arts Center Sunday night via Massachusetts. Stephen Kellogg And The Sixers will take the stage in Beaver Creek and the crowd should be ready for a night of well-crafted songs with lyrical meaning that will also make you want to get out of your seat and move your feet. Fans of bands like Old 97’s and Wilco will surely enjoy the music of Stephen Kellogg And The Sixers but their music is built to turn people into fans no matter your taste.The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $25. To learn more call 970-845-8497.Oktoberfest Fun Run in Vail VillageOktoberfest doesn’t have to be all about drinking big steins full of beer and shoveling bratwurst into your mouth. Vail is making sure that it’s a little bit healthy this year with the Oktoberfest Fun Run in Vail Village. The event starts at 9 a.m. and includes a competitive 10K and 5K run/walk and a kid’s 1K race. The event benefits the Children’s Garden of Learning.”The Oktoberfest Fun Run is a great way to start the final day of the Oktoberfest celebration in Vail,” said Jeff Brausch of Highline Sports & Entertainment in a press release statement. “It gives parents, kids and everyone interested in participating the chance to come together and celebrate the spirit and energy of Oktoberfest while benefiting a great cause.”The race starts at Check Point Charlie in Vail Village. Pre-registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids and is now open at http://www.vail-oktoberfest.com. On-site registration is also available on race day from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and will be $25 for adults and $10 for kids. To learn more call 970-476-6797.