Music on the Green kicks off for summer 2014 |

Music on the Green kicks off for summer 2014

Steve Boynton performs in 2012 at the Yampa River Botanic Park as part of Music on the Green.

Music on the Green 2014 schedule

Thursday: Trevor G. Potter, Americana singer/songwriter

July 3: C Street Brass, Sousa marches, Bach and Mozart

July 10: C Street Brass, tangos, jazz and classic rock

July 17: Ping, Americana vocal music

July 24: Ping, songs from Shakespeare to modern times

July 31: Chamberlin Birch, pop indie duo

Aug. 7: Acutonic, reggae

Aug. 14: Leaner, Lunker & Friends, classic, folk rock

— As a kid, Elissa Greene remembers biking on the Yampa River Core Trail to attend one of her favorite events of the summer.

“I think it brings in so much of what Steamboat is all about,” Greene, the director of artistic administration, education and technology for the Strings Music Festival, said about Music on the Green. “We love the outdoors and music and it brings those two things together in a beautiful way.”

The Music on the Green concert series at the Yampa River Botanic Park will begin again Thursday at 12:15 to 1 p.m. and will continue through Aug. 15. Attendees can bring a blanket and a picnic if they’d like to Yampa River Botanical Park, where the event takes place.

This week’s featured artist is Americana singer-songwriter Trevor G. Potter, who will perform a set list of original songs from a mixture of folk, blues and traditional Americana music genres. Upright bass player Walt Seabert will accompany him for the performance.

Potter hasn’t performed at the outdoor concert venue in a few years but looks forward to what the day will bring.

“The thing that stands out the most about the venue is the surroundings,” he said. “It’s a beautiful spot situated by the amphitheater and is always a nice place to play.”

Catering to a generally attentive audience, Potter and Seabert will perform songs inspired by everyday life that Potter hopes will resonate with this particular audience.

He may be in luck, as this year the Strings Music Festival staff has upgraded the sound capabilities at the venue.

“No matter where you sit or stand it will sound great,” Greene said.

The original intent for the creation of the space was to have an amphitheater used for shows and keeping the garden in good condition to keep the space an alluring destination for all visitors and locals alike.

This year’s Music on the Green series will showcase several artists from a vast assortment of musical backgrounds.

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

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