Music of the Mountains: Judo Chop


Judo Chop is not the first musical venture of any of the current members of the band. Drummer Cody Wales joined Judo Chop while on a break from his other band, The Magic Beans. He knew guitarist Brant Williams and bass guitarist Jiho Han for many years before that as members of the band The Workhy. He also knew keyboard player Eric Luba as a band member of Many Colors with Brant. Five or six years ago, they all joined together to create another band.

They cite their influences as bands and artists such as Stevie Wonder, Lettuce, J Dilla, and other folk and hip-hop artists. According to Wales, Williams and Han grew up and played music together in Iowa, and Luba originally grew up in New Jersey and eventually went to school in New York.

Wales grew up in Nederland, growing up in a musical family (his dad was a member of the band Leftover Salmon). He says that the funk and hip-hop sensibilities of their music tastes are what brings the group together.

Because the four are in other bands, they are often able to call friends from those other bands to fill in for them when they can’t make a gig. In this aspect, Wales cites the bands as ever-evolving and always changing from show to show depending on what the line-up is for each show.

For Wales, being able to perform music live allows both the audience and the musicians to live and be present in the moment, and he also believes that music is a great connector and healer. Evoking emotions in other people that they need to feel is something that the band takes great pride in, and they simply hope that they can make their audience members happy, allow them to enjoy the music, and encourage them to come back for more shows.

Be sure to check out Judo Chop live at the Gold Dirt Distillery/Stage Stop Backyard, 60 Main Street in Rollinsville, on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 4 pm

Check out this weeks full listing of music in the Peak to Peak, right here!

Caribou Room

Friday, June 10 at 8 pm – Caribou Mountain Collective

Facebook: thecaribouroom/


Location: 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland

Phone: 303-258-3637

Covered Wagon

Every Thursday at 7 pm – Karaoke

Friday, June 10 at 9 pm – New Family Dog and Mel

Friday, June 24 at 9 pm – Bottle Rocket Hurricane


Website: www.coveredwagon

Location: 15 East 1st Street, Nederland

Phone: 303-258-7578

Gold Dirt Distillery/ Stage Stop Backyard

Saturday, June 18 at 4 pm – Judo Chop

Facebook: stagestoppub

Facebook: GoldDirtDistillery


Location: 60 Main St, Rollinsville.


Gold Hill Inn

Friday, June 10 at 6 pm – AJ Lee & Blue Summit

Saturday, June 11 at 7 pm – Drew Emmitt & Andy Thorn



Location: 401 Main Street, Gold Hill.

Phone: 303-443-6461

Howlin Wind Brewing

Saturday, June 11 at 4 pm – PJ Moon

Saturday, June 18 at 4 pm – New Family Dog Duo

Sunday, June 19 at 4 pm – Mickey Balder

Saturday, June 25 at 5 pm – Pick and Howl


Facebook: howlinwindbrewing

Location: 51 A Main Street, Rollinsville.

Phone: 309-825-5245

Jamestown Mercantile

Friday, June 10 at 7 pm – Seth Strickland & Friends (from Green Buddha)

Thursday, June 16 at 7 pm – Category 5 Jazz Quartet

Friday, June 17 at 7 pm – Pine Beatles

Thursday, June 23 at 7 pm – Paul DeHaven Band

Friday, June 24 at 7 pm – Sturtz

Thursday, June 30 at 7 pm – Danny Shafer


Website: www.jamestown

Location: 108 Main Street, Jamestown.

Phone: 303-442-5847

Knotted Root Brewing

Every Sunday at 4 pm – Jazz Sundays with Black Dog

Friday, June 17 at 5 pm – Derek Dames Ohl

Website: www.knottedroot

Location: 250 N. Caribou Street, Nederland.

Phone: 720-248-7129

Last Stand Tavern

Friday, June 10 at 7 pm – Karaoke with Phil the Jukebox

Saturday, June 11 at 5 pm – Greg Green

Sunday, June 12 at 5 pm – Jerry and Jack

Friday, June 17 at 7 pm – Karaoke with PJ the DJ

Saturday, June 18 at 5 pm – Rick Lobato

Sunday, June 19 at 5 pm – Richard Shine

Friday, June 24 at 7 pm – Karaoke with Phil the Jukebox

Saturday, June 25 at 5 pm – Bunny Blake



Location: 32138 Highway 72, Coal Creek Canyon.

Phone: 303-642-3180

Ned’s Cafe

Dam Jam on Thursdays at 10 pm Karaoke on Sundays at 7 pm



Location: 121 N. Jefferson Street, Nederland.

Phone: 303-258-0614

Nederland Farmers Market

Sunday, June 19 at 10:30 am – Foggy Tops


Website: www.nederland

Location: 85 E. 1st Street, Nederland.


Friday, July 1 at 5 pm – Rocks and Wildlife


Website: menu


Location: 112 E. 2nd Street, Nederland.

Phone: 303-258-3537

United Center

Saturday, June 11 at 7 pm – Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore


Facebook: UnitedCenterInc/


Location: 1440 Colorado Boulevard, Idaho Springs

Phone: 303-900-8689

Very Nice Brewing Company

Thursday, June 9 at 6 pm – Ryan Farris

Friday, June 10 at 6 pm – Jordan Poole

Saturday, June 11 at 5 pm – Mountain ReVerb

Friday, June 17 at 6 pm – Adam Hunt

Saturday, June 18 at 5 pm – Eric Stone and Tom Hall

Sunday, June 19 at 5 pm – CP Meyer

Friday, June 24 at 6 pm – Dan Williams

Saturday, June 25 at 5 pm – Uncle Barnaby

Facebook: verynicebeer


Location: 20 E. Lakeview Drive, #112, Nederland.

Phone: 303-258-3770

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