Katie Carroll: Low-key music around town
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat is a veritable tornado of country music this week. Look up, and I bet you can see twang, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, country western and 10,000 bottles of whiskey swirling just above Mt. Werner in a musical cyclone.
Despite my liking for beer and Stetsons, I’ve got to be honest, I need a night off. Can we get a little bit of funk, some sax and no strings? Please help us music gods!
I also am calling everyone’s bluff on wearing cowgirl boots on icy sidewalks. Put back on the Sorels and take a break. Wicked Felina and your San Antone Rose will be there tomorrow night; tonight, cleanse the musical palate.
Between 3 and 5 p.m. Friday, you’ll want to head to Truffle Pig for a more relaxed atmosphere. Local Steve Boynton, owner of First Strings Music, will be playing on the stage directly next to the bar. If there’s a guitar in Steve’s hands, you may hear anything from pop to folk to jazz. After a day dodging folks on the mountain and in the square, some easy listening might be just the ticket. Grab a seat so you can hear the chords, see the sunset and leisurely enjoy the famous truffle fries. FREE.
Pianist Rick St. Pierre and his partner-in-strings, Willie Samuelson, play at Three Peaks Grill from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Three reasons you want to go to Three Peaks: it’s a bus ride away from all other music venues, Friday night is happy hour all night for the ladies and studies have proven that jazz reduces anxiety and boosts immunity from stressful events like long lift lines and avoiding drunken skiers. FREE.
If there’s any band in town that can break up the fiddle overload, it’s the band from Brooklyn. Funk band Turkuaz boasts guitar, synth bass, keyboard, drums, organ, wurlitzer, clavinet, rhodes, baritone and tenor saxes and a trumpet. Even more importantly, they self-describe as part freight train and part Tyrannosaurus Rex. To clarify, they are promising you part carnivorous, prehistoric, blind, man-eating dinosaur energy levels. Only Jeff Goldblum and a Jeep can save you from that kind of surge. $10 cover.
Walk down the steps to Steamboat’s underground wine bar for a lesson in seduction from the streets of Buenos Aires. Karma Bar and Lounge hosts Eva Luna at 8 p.m. Friday. She will teach you and your favorite date the ins and outs of Hollywood’s popular dance. If you need a little push, perhaps trying one of their specialty cocktails, the Karma Sutra, Chocolate Lotus or Lemon Drop Ecstasy, may put you in the right mood. FREE; donations accepted.
Sometimes the best music is the song you make up in your head. Why not head to the Buddhist Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday? The center’s half-day retreat practices ‘calm abiding’ (shamatha) and ‘insight’ (vipashyana), both of which sound like the opposite of the environment in Gondola Square. I can actually guarantee you no sound at all, except for the Dharmic “om” that might start your meditation. You will hear nothing but soothing silence. Donations appreciated.
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