Musketeer Gripweed

Musketeer Gripweed brings a powerful live energy to The Lariat stage at 9 p.m., Friday promising a passion influenced by modern and classic rock ‘n’ soul heroes.

The Lariat brings music this weekend sure to warm the coldest winter bones.

Friday night brings Fort Collins-based blues-fusion band Musketeer Gripweed.

MG simply explodes onstage with the energy and fervor of a revival preacher out to save a filthy sinner’s soul, the band’s website says.

This group of highly accomplished musicians, however, isn’t about pushing religion – unless your religion is drinking, dancing and some damn good music – they’re about creating “American revival, stomp, shake and holla” music.

With a passion influenced by modern and classic rock ‘n’ soul heroes, Musketeer Gripweed creates an extraordinarily powerful live energy, and the band’s gasoline-intense vibe manifests in spontaneous, uncontrollable dancing and a compulsion to stand up, run to the stage and testify.

Musketeer Gripweed is honored to have shared the stage with prominent acts such as Los Lobos, Anders Osborne, Trampled By Turtles, North Mississippi All-Stars, The Revivalists, John Brown’s Body, The Big Wu, Dumpstaphunk, Pimps Of Joytime, Steve Kimock Band, Dead Floyd, Useful Jenkins and Grant Farm.

The band has played South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, Joshua Tree (CA) Music Festival and the Westword Music Showcase.

Tickets for the 9 p.m., show Jan. 17 are $10.

Colorado favorite Mama Magnolia takes the Lariat stage Saturday night, your guide through a groovy and dangerous musical landscape.

Their sound pushes musical boundaries while capturing the ear, touching the soul and moving the body, says the band’s website. Their powerful blend of groovy rhythms, explosive horn lines, captivating melodies and soulful lyrics will invite you to want more.

With a love of shifting meters, polyrhythmic structure, evolving harmonies and complex dynamic shape, they let the music guide them to create danceable and undeniably deep music that is tasty soul candy to those who hear it.

This crew from Denver pulls inspiration from each of their personal genre influences and brings it to the table to create the intertwining and captivating sound that they call home.

Soul, rock, jazz, hip-hop, classical – it’s in there somewhere. Mama Magnolia finds a way to sneak it in. They want to create music to make your body move and your brain think, but mostly, they want to give you the gift of music.

Every show, every event, every gathering of any kind is a family gathering with Mama Magnolia – and the kitchen is full of music, dancing, singing and making noise from the rooftops.

The majority of Mama Magnolia met in music school and played in a variety of musical settings – from big bands to Indian dance class.

Then singer Megan Letts brought forth the proposition of going steady with this stellar group of humans and musicians.

“There was something magical about when the six of us plugged in and played for the first time. No. It was just magic,” recalls Megan. And they took that magic and ran.

Tickets are $10 for the 9 p.m., Saturday show.

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