Vail’s Memorial Day music runs from blues to boxcars |

Vail’s Memorial Day music runs from blues to boxcars

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyDenver's Delta Sonics, a blues band that performs 120 gigs a year and performed at last year's Mile High Blues Festival, will perform at the Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -The sun seems to be keeping the snow at bay finally, and just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Not sure how to spend the three-day reprieve? Read on to find out what’s going on in Colorado’s Vail Valley this weekend.

Boxcar beginningsMinturn’s Boxcar Daisies will play a free show at Kirby Cosmo’s in Edwards from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday night. The newest Edwards eatery is hosting its grand opening party this weekend, which means owner Mark Tamberino and his staff will be giving out free swag all night. Go early for happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) to score $2 draft beers. For more information, call 970-766-4227.Music with a messageBoulder band Salem returns to Main St. Grill in Edwards for a free show Friday night at 10 p.m. The band plays a combination of funk, jazz, hip hop and Afro-Cuban music. The group is led by social activist Todd Anders Johnson, which means there’s always a message in the music. The group will spend three weeks in Alaska next month on tour before returning to the states for a summer and fall tour of the U.S. and Canada. Call 970-926-2729 for more information. Quivver returnsU.K. turntablist DJ Quivver kicks off Samana Lounge’s summer lineup with a show Friday night. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. with a set by DJ AdamRoss. Quivver, aka John Graham, will release what he regards as his first “proper” album this year. “John consistently packs the house at Samana and rules the crowd with his punchy electronic style,” said Scotty Stoughton of Samana Lounge. Tickets are $5 before 11 p.m., $7 after. For more information, call 970-476-3433.

Blues, Brews & BarbecueThe sixth annual Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival returns to Beaver Creek Saturday and Sunday. Free outdoor blues performances will take place on the plaza both days from noon to 6 p.m. Big Daddy & the King Bees, a blues band from the Roaring Fork Valley, will perform from noon to 2 p.m.; The Delta Sonics, a Denver blues band that performs 120 gigs a year and performed at last year’s Mile High Blues Festival, takes the stage from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Alto Reed’s Blues Entourage closes the afternoon out from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Along with live music, the event will include barbecue from local restaurants like Kirby Cosmo’s, Moe’s and 4-Eagle Ranch, along with out-of-town purveyors from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Texas. There will be beers available for purchase, and the Park Hyatt hosts the a Colorado microbrew tasting in the state on Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. More than 30 Colorado brewers will be present, serving up more than 80 beers. Tickets for the microbrew tasting are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. The price of each ticket includes a commemorative tasting mug. For tickets to the Colorado Microbrews Tasting at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, call 970-827-6505.Free kids’ activities will be available all weekend and the Centennial Express chairlift opens for summer scenic chairlift rides. For more information, visit Frogs gone barbecuingAfter Blues, Brews & Barbecue winds down, live music starts at Kirby Cosmo’s in Edwards in celebration of the eatery’s weekend-long grand opening party. Two members of local band Frogs Gone Fishing will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday. Afterwards, Skip Dawg will play from 9 p.m. to close. Along with free beer and swag giveaways from Coors, the restaurant will give out a meaty prize: one lucky person will win a free pork sandwich every day for a year. Call 970-766-4227 for more information. High-energy rockLocal rock n’ roll band 35STONE will perform a free show at the Sandbar in West Vail Saturday night at 9 p.m. This high-energy band belts songs ranging from melodic pop rock with catchy leads to in-your-face rock n’ roll. Call 970-476-4314 for more information. Lightning strikesThe band Lazy Lightning returns to Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail for a free show Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Comprised of frontman Kevin LaCarrubba on guitar and vocals, James Bosma on keyboards and guitar, Lucas Weigand on guitar and hand drums, and Jim Fleischer and Ted Wells on drums and percussion, Lazy Lightning covers a variety of musical genres and styles with a focus on rock and blues. Food and drink specials will also be available, including $3 wells, $2 PBRs and $2 mystery shots. Paddy’s Sports Bar & Grill is located on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail. Call 970-949-6093 or visit Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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