UPDATED 10/19/2015 – Three20South has shuttered its doors and is being reopened as a restaurant for winter 2015-2016. Looking for alternatives for nightlife, check out this post. For Breck’s most creative cocktails, here’s another one. Cheers!
Looking for great live music? Three20south, aptly named by its address on Breckenridge’s Main Street, draws regional and national musicians regularly.
The venue hosts live music about six days a week in the winter and Wednesdays through Saturdays in the summer, and the bands that perform play everything from rock to hip-hop to bluegrass, punk, reggae and more.
“We pay attention to who’s coming through, who’s got some buzz or some history,” said Matt Karukin, owner of three20south, of the acts he selects for his venue. “We try to keep our lineup very diverse. We try to offer a little bit of something for everyone.”
Three20south holds a maximum of 265 people – mostly standing room only. The venue’s small size makes any show there intimate.
And Spring Break is when three20south really starts to rock. But — heads up: The bands start late. Though many shows begin at 9 or 9:30 p.m., it’s not unheard of for them to start after 10, or even 11, so be prepared for a long party night. Here’s the March lineup:
March 6: Chicago Farmer and Henhouse Prowlers
The band’s sound plays upon fellow Mid-westerner John Prine; his songs revolve around finding your place in life — with a big-city Chicago feel. His songs are so catchy, it’s not uncommon for audiences to belt out the chorus of tunes like “Workin’ On It” the first time they hear it.
March 7: 40 oz to Freedom and Beau Thomas & the Bandolier
40 oz to Freedom brings a high-octane show, which smacks of Sublime, to three20south for $10-12. Beau Thomas & the Bandoliers, a rock band from Nashville, round out the night.
March 8: Pink Floyd Tribute
Welcome to the machine with Pigs on the Wing, a Pink Floyd Tribute band, for $16-20. The musicians specialize in the era of 1970s Floyd, capturing the essence and atmosphere (rather than a note-for-note perfection) of the iconic band. Shine on you crazy diamond.
March 9: My Body Sings Electric and Swing Hero
My Body Sings Electric blends pop and indie with a playful, passionate night. Swing Hero employs melodic grooves to speak of growing up — heartbreak included. It’s $10-12 for a night of passion and heartbreak.
March 11: Conspirator and Manic Focus
Monday, the bar takes a night off, but Tuesday, March 11, Conspirator and Manic Focus rev up the week again. It’s $18-20 for electronic music lovers, as Conspirator explores everything from house, dub-step, electro and drum and bass. And, like the band name suggests, Manic Focus heads into a fast-paced party groove.
March 12: Twiddle and The Mantras
The multi-genre Vermont-based quartet, Twiddle, joins The Mantras on this $10-12 night. Twiddle is a frenzy of improvisational climaxes, which weave through all kinds of genres, while The Mantras go for broke with high-energy funk, rock, Mid-Eastern, electronica and metal fusions.
March 13: Good Gravy and The Vine Street Vines
March 14: JGBCB — Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band
Truck on over to three2osouth for an $8-10 night of favorite Jerry Garcia Band tunes with JGBCB — Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band.
March 15: Yamn and Acorn Project
Yamn lives to push the boundaries of progressive electronica, with its clear melodies and powerful rock jams. Acorn Project doesn’t really have any musical boundaries; it blends electro-funk grooves, psychedelic rock, dance and whatever comes its way. For $5-10, it’s a great experimental night.
March 16: Great American Taxi and Gipsy Moon
Catch a ride on the Great American Taxi for $10-12 as it takes you on a trip through uninhibited bluegrass, funky New Orleans struts, country, gospel, honky tonk, Southern boogie and rock. Then hang out with Gipsy Moon, as they simulate a New York jazz club — well, one that’s in the middle of a backwoods hoedown.
March 20: Everyone Orchestra
Everyone Orchestra has an ever-changing lineup, and has included participants from The Grateful Dead, Phish, String Cheese Incident, Taj Mahal and much more. With a conductor and sometimes theatrical performances, its soulful music begs audience involvement.
March 21: Todd Park Mohr and Ben Taylor
Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters plays a special acoustic set for $18-20. Ben Taylor, son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, can’t help but show his musical influence from his two legendary parents, with both his guitar playing and his vocals.
March 22: Yelawolf and The Foodchain
With a keen ear for hip hop, Yelawolf is a rapper from Alabama who’s seen it all: His mom got pregnant at 15, and as he tells it, he’s been around lots of drugs, lots of crime, lots of crazy house parties, bikers, big trucks, box chevys; the list goes on. He summarizes it as Slumerican. The Foodchain, on the other hand, is based in Denver, and the musicians approach hip hop artistically, in order to move the masses. It’s $22.50-$25.50 to catch these guys.
March 25: DJ NoDJ
DJ NoDJ recreates the music of the best DJs, and in doing so, calls itself a thousand-piece electronic dance band — all for $8.
March 26: The Grant Farm
The Grant Farm is all about love, family and the joy of music, particularly jams of the roots and rock kind. $6-8.
March 29: This Must Be the Band
This Must Be the Band is the real-deal Talking Heads tribute band — and the musicians prefer to play for three and four hours straight. They take on Talking Head’s complete persona. Start “Burning Down the House” for $15 Saturday, March 29.
March 30: Tribute to Tool: Schism
For over 10 years, Schism has been a Tool tribute band. It brings an interactive experience for listeners, all for $8-10.
April 2: The Werks
The Werks is a national jam band powerhouse that results in a dance party with psychedelic guitar fused with funk slap bass, synthesizers and modern dance beats — all for $10-12.
April 4: Jimkata
Jimkata blends heavy beats and synthy hooks into its signature electro-rock style. $8-10.
April 18: People Under the Stairs
People Under the Stairs call themselves an underground hip-hop group. The two MCs hail from Los Angeles and have a style similar to A Tribe Called Quest, along with more traditional forms of DJ-ing. $14-16.