Concert Series offers the best entertainment and social atmosphere of summer
The Steamboat Springs Free Concert Series has become a favorite summer venue for visitors as well as locals.
“I have found that a lot of visitors coming into Steamboat are planning their vacations around when there is going to be a free concert,” organizer, John Waldman said.
In its 14th year, the Free Concert Series has grown leaps and bounds.
“The free concerts have become a staple of Steamboat summer with the high quality of acts and them being free,” Waldman said. “It’s a way to give back to the local community.”
There will be five or six concerts rotating venues between the field at the bottom of Howelsen Hill and the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. The concerts begin at 5:30 p.m.
“We try each year to keep it as diverse as we can so that there is a little something for everybody,” Waldman said. “We try to accommodate families as best as we can.”
Some names to look for this summer include Michael Franti and Spearhead on July 4. Susan Tedeschi will perform on Aug. 22.
Last year’s program included acts such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, John Hiatt and the Goners, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, North Mississippi AllStars, Steel Pulse, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Los Lobos and Jimmie Vaughn.
The Free Concert Series, which now boasts an audience of thousands, started off as a small gathering of music lovers on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. The series offers the best social atmosphere of the summer.
The city of Steamboat Springs sponsors the series with $25,000 and other contributors fund the rest.
“It lives on local and corporate sponsorships and all of the concessions go back into it,” Waldman said. “It’s a non-profit way to create a fun musical experience for everyone.”
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