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Summer Music in the Mountains

The high country will be jamming this summer! In recent years there has been lots of growth and expansion in both the talent performing in the mountains and the venues in and around Breckenridge. Let me take you on a tour of the spaces and places you can catch some tunes this summer and some of the high notes that will be hitting with big performances.

Breckenridge

The Breckenridge Music AirStage

The newest addition to the music venues in Breckenridge is a reborn classic. Breck Create has taken a classic Airstream trailer and modified it with a pop-out stage that is perfect for mid summer jam sessions in the Breckenridge Arts District, Carter Park, Blue River Plaza and anywhere it can be parked! You can find a calendar of events, locations and performances here.

RMU

Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU for short) is a local favorite ski shop/bar/beer garden/music venue. RMU is located smack in the middle of Main Street and their beer garden offers tons of sunshine and a great place to kick back while taking in local bands.

 

Motherloaded Tavern

If the late-night scene is more your style, find yourself at Motherloaded on a Friday or Saturday night. Rocking music rages from the front of the bar for dancing and singing along. Motherloaded has a historic back bar that is situated away from the tunes and offers a dark speak-easy style atmosphere where they serve up their signature mason jar cocktails (try the Grey Earl!). Motherloaded has Happy Hour Music from 5-8 p.m. every Friday through Sunday and you’ll find rotating local talent like Joe Teichman or the amazing 90’s – early 2000’s cover band, El Paso Lasso. Check their website for more information.

The Riverwalk Center

The largest venue in Breck sits along the flow of the Blue River, has large retractable bay doors to let in the cool summer breeze and a huge lawn outdoors where the music travels outside in full view of the mountains. This is a great venue for families visiting town in search of a sonically pleasing activity. Summer home of National Repertory Orchestra, you can find them or other big names here every Saturday night in the Summer. For summer 2022, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Drive-By Truckers and the Steeldrivers bring their sounds to the stage! Click here for a full concert lineup.

Other notable Breckenridge music hot spots include:

  • The Gold Pan Saloon – take in some music in one of the oldest and most historic watering holes in west.
  • Whiskey Star Smokehouse – A newer addition to Breckenridge, enjoy BBQ dinner downstairs and a large selection of whiskey and music upstairs.

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Amazing venues outside of Breckenridge:

Dillon Amphitheater

After a recent renovation just a few years ago, the Dillon Amphitheater is drawing the biggest names to Summit County. This venue has a dance floor, bowl and lawn seating and an unbeatable view of both Lake Dillon and the Ten mile Range. They have music every Friday night and some nights during the week. For summer 2022 they’ve drawn in legendary artists such as Bob Dylan, The Dirty Heads, Trampled By Turtles, My Morning Jacket, CAAMP and more! Click here for their full calendar.

10 Mile Music Hall

10 Mile Music Hall top floor view

Snapshot shared by friend of Best Of Breck, Hannah Schneider aka “Hschneids”

Frisco’s Main Street music mecca. This updated indoor venue is the perfect place to pop into when you are out of Breck for the night. After a stroll down Frisco’s historic downtown you can take in a show from this two-story venue with a huge dance floor and large 2nd floor balcony. Ten Mile attracts talent from far and wide like summer 2022’s visit from Jeremy Garett’s Bluegrass Band. For most up-to-date upcoming shows check out their Facebook Page.

Dogsled in Breck this spring!

Spring Break Shenanigans in Breckenridge

The days are getting longer. It’s starting to get a little warmer. Birds and other animals that haven’t been seen too much in the last few months are starting to make their way back from their various winter haunts and people across the country are counting down the days until that one precious week in March when schools see fit to cut the children loose. That glorious week also known as spring break is almost here. It’s a time to get away, step out from the busy lives that each of us leads and let go for a week. For those coming to Breckenridge to shred, March is a great time to let it out and throw down just a little bit. Here are some ideas on how to fill your nights (and days) this Spring Break in Breckenridge.

Nightlife in Breckenridge is a ton of fun!Party: Isn’t partying what spring break is all about? In a one-mile stretch of town Breckenridge there are a lot of restaurants and bars, almost 100 in fact. There is no shortage of places to go for a meal, drink, entertainment and plain old good times. From Apres’ to late night, Breckenridge has a spot for everyone. Almost every night in March there is live music, trivia games, comedy, killer deals and plain good times. A great resource for finding the best deals and events in the local restaurants and bars is imnotatwork.com. Check it out and start planning your good times now.

Relax: Spending all day slaying powder is hard work and weather you decide to rip some turns or not there is nothing better than a massage, body wrap or any spa treatment to ease achy muscles and recharge a tired spirit. There are many spas all over Breckenridge so these is no shortage of different types of massages and spa treatments. Check out our recent blog on spas in Breckenridge for some great spa options in town.

Spring break in Breckenridge.Music and Arts: One of the coolest things that Breckenridge has done in the past few years is ramp up town’s cultural offerings including the creation of the Breckenridge Arts District or CreateBreck.org. Breckenridge has the second largest arts district in Colorado and Breck Create has done some very good work to bring in a variety of performing acts that span from rock bands to art exhibits to events. This March events such as the Banff Mountain Film Festival and bands like Donovan Frankenreiter, Comedy performances like Sandra Bernhard and much more are on tap. Click here to see the full lineup of events produced by Create Breck.

Try something besides skiing: Spring is still winter in Breckenridge and skiing is why it is so popular here in March. Of popularity comes with a price and that can be crowded slopes especially in March. Of course regardless of the crowds, you should ski and ski a lot! But consider taking a day to try a different winter activity like dog sledding, snowmobiling or cross country skiing. All of these activities are perfect to try in Breckenridge. Here is a great blog on things to in Breck without skis.

March is a fantastic time to visit Breckenridge. It is a time when everything is open and town is clicking on all cylinders. Spring Breakers rejoice! There is so much to do in Breckenridge. In fact we wrote a blog all about that.  Here are 100 things to do in Breckenridge this winter.

Don’t’ forget if you haven’t booked lodging for you Breckenridge spring break adventure yet visit http://www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com/.

Weekend Events 5.6.16

Things are starting to calm down in Breckenridge, which makes it the perfect time to break away and head up to the mountains! Less people, less crowds, less traffic, same mountain town you love. Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

Friday, April 22nd:

  • Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour | 5 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S. Main St. | $15 | 21+ only
  • Open Kayaking | 7 pm | Breckenridge Recreation Center | $10

Saturday, April 23rd:

  • The Velocity of Autumn | 7:30 pm | The Lake Dillon Theatre Company | 246-X Rainbow Dr, Silverthorne, CO
  • Shakin’ at The Basin: Spring Concert Series- The Robby Wicks Band | 1-4 pm | Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Sunday, April 24th:

  • Ghostly Tales – Historical Walking Tour | 7 pm | 180 W. Jefferson, Breckenridge CO | $15
  • Escape Room Breckenridge | Various Times & Days | Click Here for More Info | Price Varies

Click here for information on discounted lodging in Breckenridge, or check out our new Early Bird Summer Special below that includes lodging and golf!

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Live Music: Summit County Style

Sunset at Dillon Amphitheater

Courtesy of Summit Daily Newspaper

The Summit County music scene is all encompassing; no matter what beat you drum to, you’ll find that beat here. The numerous venues, bars, and restaurants around town have a very eclectic and diverse collection of live music. The different genres of music played all around town are endless; there’s bluegrass, country, electronic, jazz, classic rock, blues, reggae, funk, folk, and hip hop. No matter what kind of music you are into, you’ll find something that will make you dance, twirl, foot stomp, cut a rug, or sing your heart out to here in Breckenridge.

I’ll start with Breckenridge’s vast music scene:

The Riverwalk Center is clearly the biggest venue in Summit County, therefore allowing it to host some bigger name bands and bring in huge crowds. To name a few that have performed here, there are: John Hiatt & the Combo, Railroad Earth, The Devil Makes Three, Elephant Revival, The Wood Brothers, and Lyle Lovett. This diverse list of musicians includes an American rock guitarist and songwriter, a newgrass jam band, Americana, folk, blues, and country. This venue is a must see in Breckenridge; make sure to check out this calendar of events to look at upcoming concerts.

You can count on the Motherloaded Tavern to pretty much always have something going on, whether it’s live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, or open mic nights on Monday. The music is always free and on top of that, they have a great bar scene and delicious food! You’ll feel right at home. Some bands you might see roll through Motherloaded include: Stoney Live, El Passo Lasso, and Two Dudes. This is a mixed variety of mostly local bands who play anything from rock to reggae.

Let’s move on to the Gold Pan Saloon, rumored to have the longest running liquor license west of the Mississippi; which is pretty legendary in and of itself. Add to that free live music, and I’m hooked. They’ve had anything from The Jason Spooner Band, who opened for Michael Franti at Red Rocks, to YAMN, a jam band from Denver.

Now for Napper Tandy’s: this place has a massive dance floor upstairs for you to get your boogey on. There’s live music every Saturday night ranging from The Six Million Dollar Band (the ultimate 80’s experience), to Sublime and AC/DC tribute bands, and Von Stomper. Napper Tandy’s can get pretty rowdy if you want to have a night to remember.

There’s always the Blue River Bistro as well if you want to enjoy your evening listening to some live music while having dinner and cocktails. They play live instrumental and modern jazz and delta blues from 5 pm to 10 pm most nights.

If you simply just want to dance the night away, Liquid Lounge or Cecilia’s are THE places to be. They have DJ’s spinning electro, bass, hip hop, dance, and house almost every night of the week along with awesome drink specials!

…Phew! If that’s not enough live music for you, keep on readin’!

||  As the Grateful Dead said, “The music never stopped!”  ||

Let’s move onto Frisco:

The Barkley’s Ballroom is a place I personally frequent at least once a week. They are quickly gaining momentum with their music scene and booking some amazing artists! Every week I get my twirl on for free bluegrass Wednesdays. Then, there’s also music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (most of it is free) and open mic night every Monday. Some bands that have rolled through here include: Beats Antique, DeadPhish Orchestra, The New Mastersounds, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Malah, and Gypsy Moon. Barkley’s is also starting to stream concerts for free on the big screen TV’s and projectors that they have, which I’m a huge fan of. They streamed the Grateful Dead 50 Year Anniversary shows that played this last summer in Santa Clara and Chicago (this made a broke Deadhead like myself very happy). They also recently streamed the Merriweather Phish shows and are planning to stream more!

Right next to Barkley’s Ballroom in Frisco is Ollie’s Pub and Grub! They have free DJ sets playing anywhere from hip hop to electronic every Friday and Saturday night. Local bands also play there sometimes. As you can imagine, this whole area is BUMPIN’ on the weekends with all of this live music!

Now onto the Dillon/Silverthorne/Keystone area:

First, there’s the Dillon Amphitheater which is a beautiful outdoor venue overlooking Lake Dillon. From June to September, there is a free Friday night concert series, and also from July to September, there is a “Sunset at the Summit” concert series. Did I mention the breath-taking sunsets you can check out while listening to live music? Some artists that have performed here include: The Beau Thomas Band, David Grisman, and Honkeytonk Voodoo. They have booked anything from bluegrass to rock, and anything in between.

Movin’ on down into the Keystone area, we will start with The Goat Soup and Whiskey Tavern. They close down for the summer, but in the winter, expect live music every Friday and Saturday and DJ’s every Wednesday. There are all sorts of bands that have played here such as: Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band (yes, that’s their real name), Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd tribute bands, and Funky Johnson.

Right down the street, we have the infamous Snake River Saloon, which has a plethora of live music every weekend. Sometimes there’s a cover, but it’s only five bucks or so (which is totally worth it). They have rock bands, bluegrass, country, soul, blues, funk, electronic, and reggae. Pretty much covering all of the bases here. You may have heard of Funkiphino, Brian Hornbuckle Band, or High 5. If not, be sure to head on down to the Snake and check ‘em out!

Finally, we have our last venue: Warren Station. This place doesn’t book a lot of live music, but when they do, it’s a party. Keller Williams plays there every December, they hosted The Motet this last February, and Head for the Hills played a New Year’s show. If you get a chance to see live music at Warren Station, do it!

If you’re in town and craving live music, check out any of these local spots! I guarantee there will be live music that you like somewhere… what are you doing still reading this?? Put your dancin’ shoes on, and get on out there!

 

||  “They’ll be laughing, singing, music swinging, and dancing in the street!”  ||

||  –The Grateful Dead  ||

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