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A long-running fixture in Buena Vista, the Lariat. Photo courtesy Dan Cooper.

Buena Vista’s music scene hasn’t slowed with the arrival of 2024’s second month. Locals and visitors alike have plenty of options to keep themselves entertained.

The Lariat (206 East Main Street)

Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez. Image courtesy of The Lariat.

8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 7

This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase online.

Daniel Rodriguez began a solo career after Elephant Revival disbanded in 2018. “Daniel cements himself as a solo performer with forthcoming album Sojourn of a Burning Sun,” said Rolling Stone.

Rodriguez released an EP titled Your Heart, The Stars, The Milky Way on February 15, 2019. Sojourn of a Burning Sun, Rodriguez’s first full length album, was released on August 28, 2020. Both albums were produced by longtime friend and bandmate, Darren Garvey.

In 2021, The Lumineers recorded and released Rodriguez’s song “This Is Life” with the addition of “Merry Christmas” to the chorus, creating a dark-humored Christmas classic.

Rodriguez’s second full length LP, Vast Nothing, is set to be released on March 1, 2023.

LowDown Brass Band

LowDown Brass Band. Image Courtesy of

8:30 p.m. Friday, February 9

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase online.

The LowDown Brass Band is a representation of Chicago Music culture. The all-horn band leans heavily on dancehall and street beat rhythm, with the energy of conscious hip hop, jazz, reggae, and soul.

LowDown maintains a touring schedule throughout the globe. Recent performances include: opening for Bon Jovi, The Montreal Jazz Festival, World Music Fest, Vancouver Jazz Fest, Lagunitas Beer Circus, Chicago Jazz Fest, Frendly Gathering, Alaska’s Salmon Fest, Chicago’s Do-Division Fest, Wicker Park Fest, Wakarusa, and Cotai Jazz Fest.

LowDown is currently touring with their last two albums The Reel Sessions LowDown Nights, which were created during the pandemic.

Banshee Tree with Yak Attack

8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 10

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase online.

Banshee Tree blends modern indie, trance, and psychedelic rock with old school Django-inspired jazz. The quartet uses traditional instruments to tie styles and sounds of modern music to the earthy roots of acoustic.

Their live shows are known as wild dance parties with a great deal of improvisation, while maintaining an emphasis on indie-style songwriting.

Yak Attack is a live, electronica power trio from Portland Oregon. Described as “organic electronica,” the trio uses tight chops, live loops, and well crafted songs in combination with improvisation resulting in high-energy and uplifting dance music from scratch.

Karaoke Night

8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 15

This is a free event hosted by Moonlighter Mobile Entertainment. Participants can choose from a selection of over 59,000 songs to perform. Interested participants can RSVP online.

Elder Grown

Elder Grown. Image courtesy of

8:30 p.m. Friday, February 16

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase online.

Elder Grown is a band of brothers from Durango. They consider the audience to be their sixth member. Elder Grown is known for a soul-inspired sound featuring a blend of funk, pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz, and reggae. They are known for defying conventions by switching instruments mid-song.

The group has released two albums, Fire On The Way and the EP The Motorhome Mixes. Elder Grown is working on an upcoming full-length album. It is self-produced and self-recorded with an anticipated release date in the spring.

The Hoffman brothers, Joshua, John, and Paul, grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico surrounded by the influence of their father’s performances as a singer-songwriter. The brothers formed Elder Grown after moving to southwest Colorado.

Sam Kelly (saxophone) joined the band during their time at Fort Lewis College. Brandon Clark (guitarist) expanded his skills to bass and keyboards to participate in the group’s instrument swapping. Guillaume Metz (guitarist) from Paris, France, joined in 2019.

Open Mic

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 28

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. This is a free event open to all ages. Interested participants can RSVP online and find more information on the technical specifications of the equipment online for the February 21 and February 28 event separately.

Float Like a Buffalo

Float Like a Buffalo. Photo by Sarah Shuel Photography.

8:30 p.m. Friday, February 23

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase online.

Float Like a Buffalo performs rock with funk, ska, reggae, and jam influences.

The Denver-based group features Cory Pearman (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jason Clukies (bass, vocals), James Steinbach (lead guitar), Luke Story (saxophone, trumpet, vocals), Cory “Beef” Meier (trombone, keys), and Jon Cales (drums, vocals).

The band has been together since 2016. They have performed at major regional venues, such as Red Rocks, Cervantes, the Bluebird Theater, Gothic Theatre, Levitt Pavilion, Summit Denver, the Lincoln Theatre (Cheyenne, Wyoming), George’s Majestic Lounge (Fayetteville, Arkansas), and Meteor (Windsor, Ontario). They were awarded Best Funk Band in Denver in Westword’s 2019 Music Awards.

In 2023, Float Like a Buffalo finished their first international tour and enjoyed a festival lineup last summer as they shared the stage with Lettuce, The Motet, Pepper, The Main Squeeze, Paul Cauthen, Sam Bush, Eminence Ensemble, Evanoff, LowDown Brass Band and many more.


9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24

Doors will open at 8:00 p.m. This is a 21+ event. Tickets for DJ night at The Lariat cost $5 and are available for purchase online.

Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrels

Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrels. Image courtesy of The Lariat

8:30 p.m. Friday, March 1

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase online.

Sam Burchfield grew up in Seneca, South Carolina and has roots in eastern Tennessee and western Carolina. Burchfield’s latest record Scoundrel tells 11 tales of greed, betrayal, desire, heartache, despair, and redemption.

“We recorded these songs on my friend’s farm in South Georgia, tracking live in the same room. It felt right,” said Burchfield about the pre-pandemic recording sessions. “It’s nice to finally have this record out. It’s sort of a marker of a new chapter for me. A new sound, a new direction, and a return to my roots really.”

A full list of upcoming events is available on The Lariat’s website.

The Surf Hotel (1012 Front Loop)

Wines of Sardinia Pairing Dinner

Argiolas, a wine estate on the island of Sardinia, produces wines from native grapes. Image courtesy of

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 10 in the Ivy Ballroom

This five-course wine pairing dinner will feature wines from Sardinia, Italy paired with Sardinian-style cuisine. The dinner is presented by Mario Scanu of Winebow Imports and offers the opportunity for attendees to taste wines and foods from this lesser-known area of Italy.

Tickets cost $99 per person plus tax and a 20 percent gratuity. Seats can be secured with a $20 deposit with the balance due upon arrival. All items are non-refundable.

Those with food allergies or seating requests should contact Neal at

Tickets are available online and can be purchased here.

Moontricks in the Ivy Ballroom

Moontricks. Image courtesy of

7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 18

The box office opens at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will start at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets cost $55 and are available for purchase online. Kids 12 and under are free.

Western Canadian group Moontricks is a nationally renowned electric-folk duo based in the Kootenay mountains. Nathan Gurley and Sean Rodman draw inspiration from ongoing cycles of the natural world.

Moontricks is known for their dynamic live show and blend of introspective writing, soulful, gritty blues, boot-stomping basslines, and electronic arrangements featuring an assortment of guitar, keys, banjo, and vocals accented with electronic elements.

“The solace found in reaching past our personal confines into the vastness beyond them is something we return to again and again—in nature and in our music,” said lead singer and songwriter Rodman.

The Elovaters Endless Summer Tour with Special Guests Shwayze and Claire Wright

The Elovaters Endless Summer. Image courtesy of

6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 22

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.

This is an all ages show. Tickets cost $40. Kids twelve and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase online.

The Elovaters entered the American progressive roots scene in 2018 with their #1 Reggae album “Defy Gravity.”

They won Artist Of The Year and Live Act of The Year at the 2022 New England Music Awards. The Elovaters were also were voted Reggae/Ska Artist of The Year in the Boston Music Awards.

Aaron Smith, known simply as Shwayze, is a rapper, actor, musician, and father who was raised on the beaches of Southern California. Shwayze has had a top 10 album, Billboard chart topping singles, a rock-doc reality show on MTV, and various acting roles in television and film over the past decade.

Northern California native, Claire Wright focuses on storytelling in her songwriting. Wright’s songs mix West Coast vibes and her philosophy that life should be enjoyed.

The Prisoner Wine Co. Pairing Dinner with Sommelier Neal Drysdale

The Prisoner Wine Company’s array of unique blends. Image courtesy of The Surf Hotel

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1 in the Wesley & Rose Private Dining Room

Tickets cost $125 per person with additional tax and a 20 percent gratuity. Seats can be secured with a $20 deposit. Balance is due upon arrival.

The Prisoner Wine Company is located on Highway 29 in Napa Valley. It is open year-round for visitors. They released their first wine, The Prisoner, twenty years ago. The Prisoner is known for its complex blend of California’s unusual grape varieties and started a trend for the company to explore unique blends.

Director of Winemaking Chrissy Wittmann and her team collaborate with over 100 growers in California to create a family of distinct wines.

Those with food allergies or seating requests should contact Neal at

Tickets are available online and can be purchased here.

The full roster of upcoming Surf Hotel events is available at