Free Peoples tonight " twice |

Free Peoples tonight " twice

Free Peoples perform two local shows tonight " one in Basalt and one in Carbondale. (Courtesy Free Peoples)

Free Peoples, a five-piece outfit hailing from the Bay area, play a pair of gigs tonight in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The band takes the stage at 6 p.m. in Basalt’s Lion’s Park for the town’s weekly free outdoor concert (head to the Riverside Grill in the event of rain) and then reappears at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale for an 8:30 p.m. show. No word on the cover charge for the latter appearance.

The acoustic-oriented group describes its style as a fusion of bluegrass, folk and jazz. Before a date at the Blue Door in Snowmass last year, lead vocalist Tim Sawyer told The Aspen Times the band draws bluegrass fans, jazz lovers, Deadheads and even rockers. “People can come and dance to it, or listen to it,” he said. “It’s the first band I’ve been in that both my little nephew and my parents like.”

Friday night at Steve’s brings a return engagement by George Gertz and his Metamoocil Mountain Boys, also at 8:30 p.m. Says Steve Standiford (the Steve in Steve’s): “They always play sitting down but still manage to rock out the room. We hope they share their ‘live unplugged’ album with us.”

July 27 ” The Peasall Sisters

July 28 ” Pete Huttlinger

July 29 ” Ellis Paul

July 30 ” Crooked Still (to be confirmed)

Aug. 9 ” LUCE

Aug 12 ” Jake Armering

Aug 13 ” Frank Martin CD release party/barbecue

Aug 16 ” The Matt Fliner Trio

Aug 18 ” Gabrielle Louise with Third Road Home (to be confirmed)

Aug 25 ” Humorist Barry Smith’s “Jesus in Montana”

Aug 26 ” Valorie Miller and Nelson Oldham

Aug 30 ” The Waybacks (to be confirmed)

Sept 1 ” Mack Bailey

Sept 6 ” The Biscuit Burners

Sept 10 ” Lucy Kaplansky

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