Smokin’ Js and raising the Dead in the Vail Valley |

Smokin’ Js and raising the Dead in the Vail Valley

Charlie Owen
Daily Correspondent
Vail CO Colorado
Rojos Calientes from Summit County will play a free show tonight at Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub in Avon.


Shakedown Street at Agave in Avon

When you just have to get your Grateful Dead fix, there’s probably no better way to get it than by seeing Shakedown Street. The guys in Shakedown Street continue to bring The Dead to life throughout the Rocky Mountain regions and Friday and Saturday when they play at Agave in Avon. Shakedown Street considers itself ‘the mother of all Dead bands” and is known for its knowledge of Dead songs (the band’s website said they can play over 200 of them) and ability to play them uniquely.

Both shows start at 10 p.m. and tickets are $10. Call 970-748-8666 to learn more.

Rojos Calientes plays Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub in Avon

Looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary in the music scene this weekend? Then check out Rojos Calientes from Summit County at Finnegan’s Wake, where you can catch the band’s live acoustic performance that mixes Peruvian and South American folk, Gypsy jazz, blue grass and Americana into their original tunes.

The show is free and begins at 9 p.m. For more information call 970-748-4610.

Get Healed at Main St. Grill

Two members from Florida band The Blue Ribbon Healers, guitarist Rob Pate and mandolin player Cindy Rose, will be jamming at Main St. Grill in Edwards Friday night. Patrick Padgett, the banjo player for local band the Laughing Bones, will be sitting in with the duo.

“Their music is old-timey jazz and creole; equal parts classic swing and original compositions,” Padgett said. “It’ll make you dance like it’s 1939. It’s bad ass.”

According to the band’s MySpace page, they sound like ” a sonorous body with an old-timey heartbeat, the long, striding legs of west-coast honky-tonk, sultry, saloon-style curves, and a soul as deep and wild as the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou.”

The free show gets going at 9:30 p.m. Call 970-926-2729 to learn more.

Mad Dog and the Smokin’ Js play Vail’s FAC

Denver’s own Mad Dog and the Smokin’ Js take the stage Friday night at Vail Mountain’s FAC at Eagle’s Nest. Honky-tonk meets Punk-a-billy in the music of Mad Dog and the Smokin’ Js so expect a rowdy, raucous good time. Tonight’s show at Eagle’s Nest is free but gondola rides to the top of the mountain are $15 after 4 p.m. The price includes a $10 voucher for on-mountain food and beverage purchases. Those with 2009-2110 and 2010-2011 ski passes can ride the gondola for free. For more information call 970-754-8245.

DJ Miles at Paddy’s Pub

The weekend at Paddy’s Pub gets rolling tonight at 10 p.m., as DJ Miles makes a return engagement to set the tone for a weekend of music in Eagle Vail. Returning for a reprise appearance, DJ Miles brings a polished show that he’s been honing under the bright lights of Denver. His unique blend of musical styles and genres ensure that his sets will appeal to everyone. The show is free and starts at 10 p.m. There will be a free keg at 9:30 p.m. along with drink specials. Paddy’s is located on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail. For more information call 949-6093 or go to


Tin Horn Prayer at Loaded Joe’s in Avon

If Denver bands coming to the valley was on your prayer list this week, then it’s time to thank the Lord. Six members deep with a sound as raw as a chainsaw cutting through a pile of beer bottles (in a good way), Denver’s Tin Horn Prayer fills Loaded Joe’s tiny stage in Avon tonight with its massive presence.

“They’re getting a little bit of buzz in Denver,” said Laura Wilkinson, music coordinator for Loaded Joe’s. “They just played the Denver Post’s Underground Music Showcase … they were on the top of my list as far as band’s that I thought were super talented.”

Wilkinson described Tin Horn Prayer’s sound as a little bit punk with some folk and bluegrass mixed in.

“I thought they would do well in this area and it’s something different,” Wilkinson said.

The show starts at 9 p.m. and is 21 and over but there’s no cover to get in. Call 970-748-1480 to learn more.

Sloppy Mountain Strings at Paddy’s

Local grass pickers Sloppy Mountain String Band perform a free show Saturday at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail.

Featuring Harvey Craig on Mandolin, Patrick on Banjo, Silent Bob on guitar and Jeff on stand-up bass, the band covers bluegrass standards along with their own original newgrass jams.

The foot-stompin’ and dancing start at 9:30 p.m. and continue til the strings break.

Paddy’s is located on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail. For more information call 970-949-6093 or go to

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