If you go
What: Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, funk
When: 7 to 10 p.m. today
Where: Sunpie's Bistro, 735 Yampa St.
Listen: Songs by Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes are streaming at www.johnnysketch....
Steamboat Springs On Saturday, New Orleans six-piece funk band Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes will hit the peak of its summer Colorado tour with a spot at Red Rocks Amphitheatre's Mountainside Mardi Gras.
Before the band - which has been together for about eight years and impressed some Steamboat locals with their appearance at this spring's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - makes it to Red Rocks, they'll stop at Sunpie's Bistro for a free concert. The show is from 7 to 10 p.m. today in the Sunpie's back yard.
"The saxophonist was our bartender when we were in New Orleans for Jazzfest," said Colleen Miller, co-owner of Sunpie's. She and Mike Miller lived in New Orleans for 10 years before making the move to Steamboat; they still have a house in the Crescent City and visit twice a year, she said.
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes have been playing Steamboat Springs for years, making regular stops at The Tugboat Grill & Pub, said drummer Andre Bohren. Audience members at today's show can expect a lot of energy coming from the Dirty Notes' three-man horn section, Bohren said.
"It's very much New Orleans-brand funk, so there's maybe like some Dirty Dozen Brass Band kind of (feeling). We have a lot of instrumental songs that feature the horns - kind of like a Red Hot Chili Peppers with horns," he said.
At the Red Rocks show on Saturday, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes will join a bill that includes Dr. John, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Live music today
The three singer-songwriters of Austin, Texas-based country rock group The Band of Heathens return to Steamboat Springs after a doubleheader at this winter's MusicFest and Ski Jam Music Festival. The band plays at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Tickets are $10 online at www.ghostranchsaloon.com and $12 at the door.
Band of Heathens got together after meeting at an open mic night in Austin, said singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist Ed Jurdi.
"Really, when we first started there were no rehearsals, and it was really off the cuff. : And I think a lot of that has led into what we're doing now," Jurdi said in a recent phone interview. The force of Jurdi's voice along with Gordy Quist and Colin Brooks creates a sound that's "cool and unique and natural," Jurdi said.
"It's just rock 'n' roll really," he said. "It's gotten to the point where everything is really categorized and people try to explain everything, but it's rock 'n' roll - it's American music and blues music and country music."
Earlier in the day, Western storytellers the Yampa Valley Boys give the second-to-last Music on the Green concert of the Strings Music Festival summer season. Music starts at noon today at Yampa River Botanic Park. Admission is free.
Emerald City Opera performer Derrick Ballard teaches a vocal master class at 6 p.m. at the Depot Art Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Perry-Mansfield hosts the first night of its Intermediate Youth Festival at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.
The Boathouse Pub presents acoustic music by Jason Wilder at about 9 p.m. At The Tugboat Grill & Pub, DJ DaVinci plays all requests starting after the dinner rush. The Tap House Sports Grill hosts karaoke starting at about 10 p.m. Mambo Italiano hosts a dance party at 10:30 p.m. All listed bar events are free and open to those ages 21 and older.