Highlights include The Jive Tribe, Michael Hornbuckle Band, Chain Station

The Lariat continues its reign as the Ark Valley’s music hot spot with another two-week lineup of award-winning talent taking the stage, featuring The Jive Tribe, Michael Hornbuckle Band, Chain Station, Kevin Danzig and Taylor Scott.

Scott continues a multi-day booking at The Lariat with a 6 p.m. set Wednesday, just before open mic performances at 7 p.m. Scott wraps up his Lariat residency Thursday, Sept. 27, with another 6 p.m. gig.
The singer-guitar slinger earned his chops playing in Otis Taylor’s band, “pretty much straight out of high school,” Scott said. With a new album recorded and produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Scott is “really excited. … It’s a good record. I’m really proud of it.”

Danzig will perform with Faith Crawford at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, as Kevin and Faith. Danzig began his music career after moving to Houston, Texas, where he “got involved with Texas singer-songwriters” and recently returned from touring Europe.

In between, Danzig has shared the stage with John Mayer, Dar Williams, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Leo Kottke, John Hammond, Chuck Pyle, The Bangles, Mary Gauthier and many others.

Danzig said inspiration comes “from all different kinds of places. I tend not to follow the typical formula, the Nashville approach.”

High-energy bluegrass by Chain Station will follow Kevin and Faith at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. With high, lonesome, tight vocal harmonies and impeccable picking, Chain Station will satisfy picky old-timers, newgrass fans and everyone in between.

Chain Station has shared the bill with bands like The Devil Makes Three, The Travelin’ McCourys, Todd Snider, Trout Steak Revival, The Railsplitters, Fruition, Hot Buttered Rum and Deadphish Orchestra.

Local rock star Chris Nasca will lead off the Saturday, Sept. 29, bill with a 6 p.m. performance of rock and Americana songs – originals and covers. “I weigh covers and originals equally. Some musicians would say, ‘Oh, it’s just a cover.’ But I think, if you’re going to perform something, it should be your best,” he said.

“My influences range from the Allman Brothers to Neil Young and country music,” Nasca said. Before settling in the Ark Valley 20 years ago, Nasca lived in Breckenridge but left because it lacked a strong community feel. “Here, we’re all in it together. That’s really important.”

The Jive Tribe will headline The Lariat scene Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 9 p.m. This Denver-based band draws from a wide range of influences to create music as varied as the Colorado landscape. The band’s music ranges from rock, jazz and funk to rhythm and blues, soul, hip-hop, blues and psychedelia.

The icing on the cake is the band’s commitment to creating a vibe where everyone can come together, escape their daily stresses and enjoy a shared love of music and dancing.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, brings another open mic to the Lariat at 7 p.m.

Denver’s Michael Hornbuckle Band will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, bringing authentic blues to Buena Vista. Hornbuckle is a nationally acclaimed songwriter and performer who has shared the stage with ZZ Top, The Doobie Brothers, Mike Zito, Davy Knowles and many more.

The son of the legendary Bobby Hornbuckle, Michael, along with his bandmates, brings an extensive musical lineage to the stage, and it shows in their performances.

At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, DJ Mikey Thunder will return to The Lariat with his house music mixes that never fail to get people grooving on the dance floor. Thunder prides himself on improvisation and “working the vibe of the party,” and he’s had 20 years of crowded dance floors to perfect his show.