Free Summer Concert Series benefit will take place Friday |

Free Summer Concert Series benefit will take place Friday

— Known as a musical gathering of locals and visitors each summer, the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series brings nationally recognized acts to town for a unique outdoor experience.

But in order for the series of concerts to remain free, organizers say it takes the support of a community.

“It’s a free show but in reality, it’s not free,” said Scott Fox, Free Summer Concert Series board vice president. “This is an event for locals to come and support the series and to help bring great music to this town.”

The Chief Theater will host the Free Summer Concert Series benefit fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday. The three local bands featured at this year’s event will be SandRock Sound, Pat Waters and the Brian Smith Band.

Businesses across town donated gift certificates and items for a silent auction. Larger auction items include a Telluride Bluegrass Festival package with lodging, ski passes and various concert tickets to venues such as the Red Rocks Amphitheater.

At the benefit, there will also be an announcement of three more acts for this summer’s lineup.

“This summer’s lineup is definitely on par with last year’s,” said Coleman Cook, Free Summer Concert Series board president. “There is one in particular I think will get everyone excited.”

Cook said last summer’s concert series was one of the most successful with the July Fourth weekend show featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters. In addition, acts like Trombone Shorty, Nikki Bluhm and the Gramblers, the Infamous Stringdusters and Uncle Lucius created a diverse lineup with nationally recognized names.

“It’s really valuable to have music for everyone to hear and have it be fully appreciated here in Steamboat,” said Micheal Abalos, lead singer for SandRock Sound. “This offers a great opportunity to do that and for people to come out and enjoy themselves.”

With a lineup of notable bands year after year, Fox said the concerts attract more out-of-town visitors, and this year will be no exception.

“We feel that the concerts are vital to the community,” Fox said. “We are tapping into all kinds of demographics.”

Tickets for Friday’s benefit event are $25 and can be purchased at

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

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