Snow by day, music by night
I just want to thank whoever has been praying to the snow gods or doing the snow dance – whatever it is – keep it up. This has been a phenomenal week for snowfall, and while I have not been able to get out and enjoy it as much as I would like to, I know that everyone who is here for the snow is happy now. Just remember that this weekend, after the slopes have closed and you have already digested two pitchers of beer, there is still lots to do in this humble mountain town.Throwing a twist on the GospelsFriday night The Rumpus Room presents Coyote Gospel, a five-piece band out of Aspen. The members of this bluegrass-based band play unique versions of cover songs as well as original material. They are influenced heavily by Celtic, reggae, classic rock and folk, which allows them to weave a rich tapestry of sound for the audience to enjoy. The selected instrumentation adds new depth to classic covers and allows the musicians to showcase their chops with their own imaginative compositions. Their presentation is always positive, and the message is pure, music for all to enjoy.Godfather of mash-ups at 8150
DJ Z-Trip comes out swinging at 8150 Friday night, and the gloves are off. The god-father of mash-up is in the house, and he’s not pulling any punches. Guaranteed to keep the party hopping with fresh, innovative tracks, Z-Trip is ahead of his time and ahead of the game. He is not afraid to sample anything – mixing rock with hip-hop and everything in between. This Arizona native has collaborated with hip-hop greats Chuck D and Jurassic 5, and he logs more than 100 shows every year. He’s no slouch. So get to steppin’, get out and see this DJ bring down the house.Get the Goodie reggaeLet the sweet sound of Jus Goodie get in your head, and it will mesmerize you and move you to dance. Jus brings his captivating, melodic reggae to The Rumpus Room on Saturday night. Focusing the message of his music on the positive and spiritual liberation of mankind, reggae is more than sound to him, it’s a way of life. He blends elements of Motown and R&B into the mix, as well as two female backup vocalists for a sound that is pure bliss. From guitar tech to rock starWhen Michael Houser of Widespread Panic passed away, his guitar tech, Sam Holt, grabbed on to the realization that he had only a limited time to make his dreams come true.
Holt quickly formed the band Outformation after recruiting Grady Upchurch to play bass, Lee Schwartz for drums, Jeff Lane on percussion, and CR Gruver to pound the keys. And now, just four years after the band’s formation, Outformation is blowing up on the Colorado music scene. Taking the Widespread influence and the band members’ own tastes, they have created a jammy rock sound that will inspire listeners to move with the music. Opening for Outformation will be Flux5, a New Orleans-influenced funk band. The music that these guys create has a catchy vibe and a very organic, raw appeal. Funky and full of changes, it always keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next. The collaboration of these top-notch musicians is a perfect example of just how far the bounds of creativity can be stretched.Heartfelt songsterUp-and-comer Jon-Erik Borgen will be performing Saturday night at Loaded Joe’s in Avon. The close, intimate setting of Loaded Joe’s is perfect for Borgen’s heart-felt, honest approach to song-writing and playing. He grew up listening to and being inspired by John Denver, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and many other influential artists. Now he has taken that inspiration and crafted his own style and sound.
‘Vibrationoligist’ at SamanaKing Britt, a self-proclaimed “vibrationoligist,” will be at the Samana Lounge for one night only. This Philadelphia native has become one of the most hard-to-label DJs around today. He creates deep and soulful rhythms by combing nu-jazz, deep house, hip-hop and afro-tech. He has been pioneering the art of disc jockeying since the ’80s and has become one of the most respected and creative artists in the field. One love reggae Sunday at SandbarFans or reggae will be excited to know that Rising Lion and his band will be playing Sunday night at the Sandbar. Rising Lion has been an unequivocal modern voice in dance reggae, and his message of harmony and justice for all still spreads through his music. Rising Lion will be playing with Speed of Life, a progressive rock band that has been playing since 2001. The band members summon the elements of many other genres of music and experiment with the sound, bending and shaping it until they have sculpted the form that they envisioned.