Katie Carroll: Music on the front range
Steamboat Springs — Spring break in the ‘Boat is still here. I went to four bars in twenty minutes the other night before I found one was that was open. I have concluded that this is the weekend to drive east. Go eat out at restaurants, listen to live music and shop ski sales. Go to open stores. On the list? Catch some last runs at Winter Park before listening to The Wallflowers or get in the classical mood by picking up the Colorado Symphony. Regardless of your tastes, there are big shows this weekend that will definitely spice up your weekend no matter where you want to go.
This is your best option if you’ve been skinning up Mt. Werner on these last snowy days and can’t hang up the sticks just yet. Winter Park’s annual Springtopia Weekend is Saturday to Sunday, and Jakob Dylan’s band, The Wallflowers, headlines Saturday for a 4 p.m. concert. Huge fans can splurge on the $75 VIP ticket for a meet-and-greet with Dylan before the show. Other important things to note: Rob Drabkin and the Rick Lewis Project play from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Every time you ride the chairlift, you’ll get an entry to win a 2015-2016 season pass (Steamboat’s “sister” mountain people). Lodging specials start at $119 per night.
The Colorado Symphony is going to get a lot of time at Red Rocks this summer, backing up musicians like Ingrid Michaelson and Ben Folds. Take the opportunity, then, to have a classy night out and see them in Boettcher Hall on Thursday or Friday night. If you can drive to Denver on Thursday night, you’ll be able to take in “Zappa Plays Zappa.” Dweezil Zappa pays homage to his father, Frank Zappa’s, music and hopes to become a conduit for a new generation of Zappa fans. Friday night’s concert, titled “The New School of Composition,” explores today’s newest composers and features Tracy Silverman on the electric violin.
Saturday night, the orchestra kicks the energy up for the Colorado Symphony Ball at the Fillmore. The annual fundraising event “From Bach … to Rock!” takes over the auditorium with a concert from the symphony, as well as the DaVita Blues All Stars and Tracksuit Wedding. The evening includes cocktails (of course), dancing, auctions and an after-party. Gov. John Hickenlooper is an honorary co-chair, so his political fans might even catch a glimpse of him while supporting the arts. Although it is the pricier ticket of the three, it goes to a great cause.
If you can’t get out to the desert’s red rocks like everyone else in town, the amphitheater will have to do. This Saturday, Savoy with Michal Menert Big Band, Sound Remedy and Bass Physics will take over the amphitheater with electronic rock beats. Savoy’s DJ Gray Smith mixes with the band’s live instrumentalists Ben Eberdt (guitar) and Mike Kelly (drummer) onstage for a one-of-a-kind dance show. Along with Michal Menert (The “Godfather” of Pretty Lights Music), Sound Remedy and the duo Bass Physics, expect a crowded venue with a laser show to match last week’s concert and a crowd ready to get down.
Music contributor: Katie Carroll is a writer with a love for music and adventure. She hails from New Jersey, just 8 miles from New York City and 57 miles from the legendary Stone Pony. After spending years music hopping in the city and working for performing arts venues, she is excited to bring her passion for music to Explore Steamboat and the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Despite the Jersey upbringing, don’t worry; there won’t be any Springsteen overload (unless he is the surprise concert at the mountain, of course).
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