Frisco’s free Concert in the Park series kicks off Thursday, June 17, 2021. The series will take place at the Frisco Historic Park and run for 12 consecutive Thursdays through September 2, 2021. This is three more concerts than in past years and a welcome return to in person concerts in Frisco. The series will feature a wide variety of musical genres including western swing, funk, rock, blues, Cuban jazz, and more. Each week a different local non-profit will sell refreshments to raise funds to support their efforts in Summit County. The concerts start at 5:30 pm each Thursday and are free to the public. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and well-behaved, leashed pets to join in on the best family-friendly happy hour in Summit County.
“For 14 months, we have been saying that there will eventually be a time for celebration, and while we know that many across the country and world are still grappling with COVID, we are grateful that we are able to take a few hours each week this summer to celebrate this community, local businesses, and the non-profits which have helped to bring Summit County to a better place than last June,” stated Vanessa Agee, Town of Frisco Director of Communications.
“In that spirit of gratitude, we have also focused this year’s band selections on local and regional bands who have always done so much to be the soundtrack of our lives here in the mountains.”
Thursday, June 17, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Katie Glassman and SnapShot
To benefit Breck Film
Katie Glassman and Snapshot marry the soul of old-time Western music with contemporary songwriting and musicianship. With a mix of swing standards, western swing, and hot fiddle tunes, reigning 4-time US National Swing Fiddle champion Katie Glassman’s improvisation astounds. The rest of Snapshot is made up of some Colorado’s most in demand and accomplished players, with archtop guitarist Greg Schochet, world-class pianist Eric Moon, and upright bassist Charlie Mertens.
Thursday, June 24, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
To benefit Northwest Colorado Center for Independence
PG6IX (pronounced “Page Six”) is one of Denver’s most popular party and cover bands, playing live music for events, clubs, and festivals in Denver and across Colorado. They play everything from classic Motown to old school funk and disco to hip hop and modern pop hits.
Thursday, July 1, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Eric James Groove Conspiracy
To benefit Women of the Summit
The Eric James Groove Conspiracy is known to throw down original funk tunes and an eclectic mix of classic rock and blues. Guitarist Eric James regularly plays with The Frisco Funk Collective in Summit County, and will be joined by Emily Durbin on vocals, bassist Tyler Easton, and Venezuelan jazz drummer Leo Lopez.
Thursday, July 8, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
To benefit Summit Community Care Clinic
Pulling equal inspiration from 70’s rock classics and modern heavy music, Summit County’s Hobo Village plays a unique style of heavy psychedelic rock. Guitar solos, fuzz bass, hard drumming, heavy riffing, and creative improvisation shape Hobo Village’s sound. At times soul-filled and sultry and at times scorching, Hobo Village’s high-energy live presentation of original music, as well as unique takes on old favorites from Led Zeppelin to Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles to Alice in Chains, is not to be missed.
Thursday, July 15, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
To benefit Summit County Preschool
Satellite13 is a modern rock band out of Colorado made up of members John Truscelli, Jess Rose, Tyler Easton, and Leo Lopez. The band formed in December 2018, bringing together different backgrounds and influences to create a modern sound with rock roots.
Thursday, July 22, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
To benefit the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Split Window features a large ensemble of talented musicians. Performing with as many as 12 musicians, the band is able to approach many genres. They are known for upbeat and danceable music with a positive message and socially conscious lyrics. The band started in 2012 as a duo by Julian Daknis and Jodi Messa and has since become a staple of the Colorado mountain music scene.
Thursday, July 29, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Frisco Funk Collective
To benefit the High County Conservation Center
The Frisco Funk Collective creates a high-energy, funk -fueled dance party with every show. Since its inception in 2015, the group has grown to be the premiere high Rockies powerhouse of funk. Named the “2018 Best Band in Summit”, the Collective’s unmistakable energy regularly fills dance floors in Summit County and beyond. The Collective’s rhythm section is rooted with bassist and founder Tyler Easton and renowned Venezuelan jazz drummer Leo Lopez. With Jon Neiman on tenor sax, Emily Durbin on vocals, and Eric James on guitar, the Collective creates a blend of jazz-inspired improvisation, New Orleans’s style grooves, and high-energy dance beats.
Thursday, August 5, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
To benefit the Frisco Chapter of the Summit Chamber of Commerce
This four-piece Frisco based funk and blues band features local blues artist Mark Schlaefer on guitar, Mark Anderson on drums, Woody Van Gundy on bass, and Mel Zeman on keyboards. The band plays a mix of 70s blues tunes from Keb Mo’ and Stevie Ray Vaughn to rock the classics of Joe Walsh and Pink Floyd.
Thursday, August 12, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Leon Joseph Littlebird
To benefit the Summit Musicians Relief Fund
With roots in both pioneer and native cultures, Leon Joseph Littlebird understands the magic of the mountains and the southwest. His great grandfather was one of the original settlers in Blackhawk Colorado, and his great-uncle was a classical composer and performer in Silver Plume and Georgetown. This connection to the rich history of Colorado comes through in Leon’s music. A prolific songwriter and performer, his unique style tells tales of Colorado and the people of the west. Leon’s flute style combines ancient flute music with captivating rhythms that weave a tapestry of unforgettable sound, which he has taken to stages across the country.
Thursday, August 19, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
To benefit Colorado Learning Connections
This local five-piece band brings groovy soul rock to the mountains, playing covers and originals with a female vocalist, piano, bass, drums, and guitar.
Thursday, August 26, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
To benefit Mountain Dreamers
Beau Thomas and his crew bring soul, R&B, and hip hop to the mountains with up tempo arrangements and strong soulful vocals. This six piece ensemble comes together from Summit County & the Vail Valley with Beau Thomas on lead vocals, Jeffery Smith on keyboard, Matt O’Rourke on lead guitar, Austin Dreher on sax, Max Engelman on bass, and Mike Bahr on drums.
Thursday, September 2, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Los Chicos Malos
To benefit Smart Bellies
This Denver-based band is guaranteed to get an audience up on their feet for some Música Cubano. Los Chicos Malos is a five piece band with Victor Mestas on keyboard and vocals; José Alberto Cabrera on vocals, guiro, and maracas; Leo Munoz-Corona on congas; Howard Hernández on timbales; and Zak Kopeikin on bass. Los Chicos Malos deliver a fun-filled show of Cuban jazz, salsa, cha-cha, and everything in between.
For more information visit TownOfFriscoEvents.com or call 800-424-1554.