A variety of bands, including several local groups and individuals, will take the outdoor stage on Harrison Avenue during the Leadville BBQ and Brewfest this weekend.

Deja Voodoo is a unique cover band from Denver. The members are seasoned musicians, all of whom bring an individual style and tone to the mix and the result is pretty magical and very high energy - just ask one of the members of their growing fan base.

They play an eclectic mix of blues, rock, southern rock and jam band music. The band’s set lists include the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Little Feat, Pink Floyd, Doors, Led Zeppelin, Phish, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

It is said that what distinguishes Deja Voodoo from the crowded cover band scene in the Denver area is their ability to improvise and create their own interpretation of the songs they love to play and play well, anything and everything is possible!

Digital Beat Down’s goal is to produce live electronic funk house that makes people dance. “We love house music, as much we love Phish,” declares Denver jamtronica duo Digital Beat Down. “We’re crossing the sounds four-on-the-floor with the esoteric and psychedelic sounds of rock and roll.”

Transplants from Wisconsin, Andy Lubner and Nick Pilz are all about creating entirely unique live music experiences for their audiences.

Theodore Smith goes by the name Soul Be Free. He grew up in Columbus Ohio, and now lives in Denver.

He’s been a MC since 1979, vocalist since 1991, DJ since 2002, and is still perfecting his musicianship and production skills. He prefers to play soulful, funky and fun house music, especially that which isn’t normally heard.

“I am Soul Be Free, and I love to play House music for anyone who wants to listen,” he said.

For nearly 20 years, Scott Peterson, also known as DJ Weez, has been a staple on local radio. Though he’s bounced around the dial over the years, he got his start on the Zephyr in ’87 and that, once again, is his home. His show, One Love Music, plays every Wednesday night at 9 and Sunday night at 10 on KZYR, 97.7.

Groovespeak is a name familiar to regulars in the high Rockies music scene over the last decade and a half.

The project of Cary Nall and Brian Woodward was spawned in Leadville as a two-man gig in 2003. Woodward now lives in Boulder, and Nall, who has been performing solo acoustic sets over the last few years, has recently teamed up with other local musicians to resurface as a six-piece group of friends and bandmates united under the banner of Nall’s original music.

In a wide range of styles, from blue jeans to funk, Groovespeak delivers on themes of easy high mountain living and complements their sets with choice selections of covers from the likes of Traffic, David Bowie and Van Morrison.

Al Laughlin was one of the founding members of The Samples. The reggae-influenced rock group achieved fame in the 90s, headlining national touring festivals and sharing the stage with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, The Wailers, and Blues Traveler. Laughlin co-wrote some of the band’s most iconic songs, and his percussive, off-beat reggae keyboard style helped define the band’s much-loved sound. 

Time moves on and many things change, but Laughlin is still growing and making great music. Collaborating with many of his old Samples bandmates, as well as new blood from the Colorado music scene, Laughlin has crafted a new sound in Highway 50 – a reggae/jazz/ska jam band named after a lonely road in Utah where Laughlin once ran out of gas. 

The band’s lineup includes guitarist James Hambleton, drummers Jeep MacNichol (also formally of The Samples), Brian Nevin (of Big Head Todd and the Monsters), and Sam Young; horn players Andrew McNew, Matt Planer, Rick Demey, and Kyle Etges, and bassists Chris Wright and Tony Soto.

Jessie Lee Thetford is a singer-songwriter, artist, and musician. Her debut album, AWAKE, began construction as she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in painting and drawing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

With songs spanning from her teens to early twenties, AWAKE presents an artist’s coming of age and awareness.

Today, Jessie Lee continues her songwriting, working towards a second album.

Tracy J Reynolds, known professionally as Maggie Rains, is a native of Colorado and sings with a soulful deep and rich sound. She is an accomplished vocalist that brings to life a new blend of blues, jazz and rock to make the components of her new EP Anathallo shine for the masses.

Maggie Rains & Crooked Keys is a seven-piece, blues-rock cover band with a few originals that is based out of Southern Colorado.

With influences that range from Eva Cassidy, Koto Taylor and Aretha Franklin to Brian Setzer, the group blends a multitude of genres and live delivers pure high energy rock & roll, blues, funk, gospel, soul and jazz.

Tim & Kristine Duo, with Tim Campbell and Kristine Bullock, presents elegant harmonies and inspiring songs from the 60s and 70s. Their song list includes John Prine, Beatles, George Jones, James Taylor, Alison Krause, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan and more.

Woodshed Red hails from the Colorado Springs area and performs all over Colorado and the neighboring states. Originally comprised of guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and drums from varying musical backgrounds, the group came together in 2013 and began covering a variety of genres, as well as writing their own original tunes.

In late 2017, the band welcomed Jason Gilmore on mandolin to round out their line-up. Inspired by bluegrass, blues, funk and rock spanning eras of music both old and new, the band members have incorporated their individual styles to create their own unique sound. 

The instrumentation of Woodshed Red generates an upbeat positive grassy sound, intertwined with funky, untamed improvisation. They deliver high energy artistic performances at various festivals, venues, and private events.

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