Annual Navigator Awards to have new addition this year |

Annual Navigator Awards to have new addition this year

Brent Rowan, shown, and country star Joe Nichols will be playing during the annual Navigator Awards, set for 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Strings Music Pavilion.
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— The annual Navigator Awards will have a different ambiance this year.

Not only is it an annual event to honor three professionals for being leaders in the business community, it will be a true celebration equipped with a cocktail party at Strings Music Pavilion and a special guest as the entertainment.

Does the song, “Brokenheartsville” or “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” ring a bell? The voice behind those songs is none other than country star Joe Nichols. He was discovered by Brent Rowan, an esteemed session guitarist from the Nashville music scene, established producer and now Steamboat local. It was Rowan who helped the rising star secure a recording contract and produce Nichols’ first album in 2002.

As a producer, Rowan said his job is to create a framework to represent the musician and his music. “Honor thy song” is a motto he lives by when producing the likes of Nichols or Blake Shelton.

“It’s always about honoring the artist and the song first,” Rowan said. “Joe has an extremely awesome voice, and when he sings, there is no doubt who it is.”

This will be Nichols’ and Rowan’s first public duo performance.

“It’s like coming home,” Rowan said. “This is my home now and the crowd is full of people that I love and know. I am looking forward to sharing it with Joe and to see the look on my friends’ faces when they hear him sing live.”

This extravagant evening affair is a collaborative event hosted by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Steamboat Pilot & Today. In its 107th year, the evening cocktail event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Strings Music Pavilion. The cost is $70 for general admission and $90 for seated admission.

The program will include awards honoring Ed MacArthur, with Native Excavating, as Businessperson of the Year; Sarah Fox, with Fox Construction and owner of Four Star Auto Repair, as Young Professional of the Year; and Yampa Valley Medical Center as the Business of the Year.

“The Chamber’s annual event should be the premier business event of the year,” Steamboat Pilot & Today Publisher Suzanne Schlicht said. “Moving it to the evening allows us to realize this vision.”

Celebrating music and the successfully vibrant business community in town, the event is said to be one not to miss this year.

“I think if people don’t see this as an opportunity to see a producer and someone like Joe with superstar status as an acoustic duo, they are missing out,” Resort Group President Mark Walker said. “It’s going to be a great event all around.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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