What’s not red, white and blue
If stars and stripes are making you gag right about now, there’s plenty of musical happenings this weekend that don’t involve flag-waving, fire-cracking patriots – not that there’s anything wrong with that.TodayMark Stuart used to dream about Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash – literally.”It was one of those weird things where I started having dreams where Johnny Cash would come to me and play songs,” Stuart said. “It was this rootsy country music, and even the name Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash came to me.”Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, with Mike Sabo on guitar and pedal steel, Jay Bennett on guitar, Jack Reynolds on bass, Tim Bennett on drums, and Stuart on vocals and guitar, play at 8150 in Vail Village at 10 tonight. Local band Laughing Bones opens up. But don’t be fooled, it’s not a tribute band to Cash. These stellar players backing Stuart’s sweet country voice jam originals that walk the line between traditional country and country rock.”You can get out and boogie to it or just sit back and enjoy the song and, of course, you can always drink to it,” Stuart said. “You can always drink to country music.”When Cash’s own son heard the band play, he extended the boys an invitation to come to the Cash Cabin in Tennessee to record and help them produce their first album. Cash had been recording the American Recordings around the same time Bastard Sons were there. “I felt like I was in sacred territory,” Stuart said. “He thought the band was very good. He told me, ‘Don’t quit and don’t let the bastards get you down.'”The San Diego-based band who plays 200 gigs a year is promoting their latest release, “Mile Markers,” all originals by Stuart.
“It’s like little snapshots of my life on the road – things I’ve felt and seen as I’ve traveled around the country,” Stuart said.The Motet seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to feeling the crowd. Whatever the occasion, wherever the gig, the funky jazz ensemble wins over hearts, souls and dancing feet with its catchy rhythms and hypnotic beats.A group whose repertoire is completely arranged by its drummer, Dave Watts, The Motet plays at Eagle’s Nest on Vail Mountain at 5 p.m. for a free, all ages show.The Vilar Center at Beaver Creek hosts Free Family Movie Night with “The Incredibles” at 6:30 p.m.”The Incredibles” follows the adventures of a family of former superheroes trying to save the world and rediscovering the true source of their powers – in one another. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the family must come together and once again find the fantastic in their family life. Polish up your boots and head to the Wolcott Yacht Club. The high-powered trio Paul Galaxy and the Galactix serve up all-American rockabilly music from 6:30-10 p.m. Paul Galaxy blazes surf guitar while Chris “Chopper” Cordoba on upright bass and Mike “Mad Dog” Minnick on drums provides an intricate backbeat to songs like “Crazy Love” and “Bad Girl.””We’re not out here to change the world,” said Galaxy. “I sing about things I like … women and cars.”
Musician Wes Yoakam entertains at The Club in Vail Village with an eclectic set at 9:45 p.m.SaturdayWanted: Poco nuts.The band that brought you “Good Feelin’ To Know” and “Shoot for the Moon” will play Beaver Creek plaza Saturday at 4:30 p.m. to kick off the free Beaver Creek Outdoor Summer Concert Series.The band that defined country rock, resulting in selling millions of albums and top 20 hit singles over more than three decades of music, consists of founding member Rusty Young, who also formed Buffalo Springfield, guitarist Paul Cotton, original drummer George Grantham and bassist Jack Sundrud. The band recently released “Running Horse,” which features work from the group’s 30-year career and “Keep The Legend Alive,” a live recording and DVD from Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre.Dave Laub’s not messing around this weekend. If you see a bunch of guys on a 14-foot raft and inner tubes, it’s probably Flux 5.The danceable rock, soul, funk band, with Dave Laub on saxophone, Matt Cheek on guitar, Andy Schmidt on keyboard, Steve Sonek on bass and Dave Nichols on drums, funkify State Bridge Lodge in Bond at 8 p.m.”We seem to have a traveling party wherever we go,” Laub said. “And it’s nice to get away from all the big crowds in Vail and Avon. It’s nice and relaxing on the river away from all your cell phones.”
It’s a grab bag of local rockers Saturday at Loaded Joe’s as the first Battle of the Bands competition gets under way. Three bands will play hour-long sets at 6 p.m., 8 and 10. Vote for your favorite. begins Three bands will play every Saturday at the java/martini lounge until Sept. 23 when the final showdown goes down. The free keg starts at 6 p.m.SundayFloat and party with soulful New Orleans player Eric Lindell.He makes his first State Bridge appearance State Bridge Lodge in Bond at 6:30 p.m. His funky roots music will put skip in your step and faith in your heart, and by the end of the evening you’ll be humming along with the rough-hewn, yet polished singer. Comedy Night returns to Samana in Vail Village at 9 p.m. with the hilarious and talented Laurie Callahan.If you like Red Stripe and reggae music, head to the Sandbar in West Vail and get down to the sounds of DJ Jahstone and the Weez.
MondayHaving trouble concentrating? The hippest lounge in Vail knows just what you need. It’s a party at Samana Monday night with DJ ADD on at 9 for a nonsmoking show.Tap Room and Sanctuary boasts $5 Patron margaritas all weekend through Monday and $2. DJ D-Riot rocks the house at 8:30 p.m.”It’s party central,” said owner Steve Kaufman. “We expect a full house every day and night.”Sit in Loaded Joe’s in Avon for Movie and Martini Night with “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski” at 8 p.m. and $5 martini specials. Relax on the comfy couches and a drink with the breeze blowing in while you’re entertained all night long.Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 619, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado