Katie Carroll: The weekend of our local favorites
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat is nearing the end of our sleepy mud season, and that means we have a lot of favorites playing in town this weekend. Now is the perfect time to spend a happy hour or two with our local bands and celebrate their sounds before we dive into the summer stage. Here’s the local round up this weekend — go mingle with your fellow Steamboaters.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29 — McKnights Irish Pub & Loft
Did you know that Ben is originally from Texas, and fell prey to the Yampa Valley curse instantly? Jordan is an assistant music teacher at the Emerald Mountain School? Together, the bearded duo rocks out on the fiddle and guitar with everything from Pearl Jam to Jack White to original compositions.
7 p.m. Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 — Chief Theater
If you’ve got the classical itch, head to the Chief for the Friends and Family series event of the spring: Bach to Rach — which is the hip slang for Rachmaninoff, natch. Classical can be cool! Check out this in-depth exploration of pianist Judith Lynn Stillman before you go. The Chief Theater always offers great entertainment for families.
7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 29 — Steamboat Smokehouse
Ever since Carl’s has forsworn bluegrass and Western music, the Steamboat Smokehouse has stepped up with its own music profile. Tonight, the valley’s best Western duo serenades diners over collared greens, bacon wrapped smokies, and of course, brisket.
10 p.m. Friday, May 29, Schmiggity’s
Northwest Colorado’s favorite Floyd cover band hits Schmiggity’s tonight. There’s no cover, a nice break for us locals during mud season and although the band hasn’t hinted what album set they’ll cover tonight, you can definitely expect to get crazy. Show up early to take advantage of the 7 to 9 p.m. happy hour, and if you eat Mac and Cheese bites, you might even make it to the RiverFest start on Saturday.
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 30, Three Peaks Grill
Maybe this is the weekend you discover a new local musician you love. I forget about Three Peaks, nestled under the pines at the corner like it is, but I have always wanted to hear piano virtuoso Rick St. Pierre play his heart out. His Saturday repertoire includes contemporary and pop tunes, and who knows – maybe we’ll even find Rock Hudson and Doris Day singing on the piano lid.
7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. music, Saturday, May 30, Schmiggity’s
This is the Weekend of Water in Steamboat, and we should all celebrate appropriately. After all, our town is named after a boat, hot water bubbles out of the earth, and the Yampa River is in everyone’s backyard. If you miss the races on Saturday morning and afternoon, show your Yampa love by attending the River Fest afterparty at Schmiggity’s. There will be live music, food, dancing, and of course, the Schmiggity’s happy hour.
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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