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Missed the Boat back in town

Missed the Boat members, from left, Jon Huge, Ryan Cox and Andrew Henry, performed with their band in May 2011 at State Bridge. The historic music venue in Bond was rebuilt last year and opens again this weekend. Missed the Boat will play there again May 25 for Campout for the Cause.
Nicole Inglis

— In Steamboat Springs, there is something about music that has a bluegrass funk-rock vibe that just makes any listener want to get up and dance.

For local band, Missed the Boat, their beat has become infectious.

Missed the Boat will be back in Steamboat Springs to perform at Schmiggity’s 10 p.m. Friday. It will be the group’s first time performing at the venue and it surely will be a show not to miss.

“People have had a chance to see us grow,” said Andrew Henry, who sings and plays mandolin, four-string electric mandobird and the tenor banjo.

The guys met as their younger selves looking for an outlet to play music with like-minded individuals. Eight years ago, the founding members performed at a Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill’s open mic night. Now, they have a strong following of fans who look forward to their homecoming performance.

Local fan Rebecca Wheeler remembers the first show she saw when she moved to Steamboat Springs in spring 2010. It was one of Missed the Boat’s first shows.

“You could tell they were fresh to performing and were excited just to draw a crowd,” Wheeler said as she remembers that first show. “They were such a fun band to see and they still are.”

From a small crowd of close friends, the group now draws a crowd from all over. Performing more than 250 shows in more than 30 cities, Missed the Boat is accustomed to playing the Front Range and beyond.

“It’s awesome to see how far they’ve come,” she said. “I haven’t seem them in over a year so it will be cool to see how they have changed.”

“I’m proud they are able to carry their success to bigger venues around Colorado and other states,” said longtime friend and fan, Jeanne Weintraub, in reference to Missed the Boat’s performance at Wakarusa.

Pat Waters, owner of Schmiggity’s and band member said that the last performance they had in Steamboat Springs was the CD release party for their most recent album, “Trouble.”

For Friday’s performance, Joe Lessard will be a guest fiddle player from the group, Head for the Hills, along with members Ryan Cox (guitar and vocals), Andrew Henry, Skip Warnke (bass player) , Jonathan Huge (dobro and five string banjo) and Waters (drums and vocals).

Perhaps it’s their stage persona that draws a number of fans, but for the locals, it’s their distinct sound and the scene it creates.

Full of good vibes and a true “Colorado Sound,” Waters and Henry said the band members are just as “stoked” to be performing back in Steamboat as the fans are to have them here.

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

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