Paper Bird will headline 2015 Navigator Awards at the Strings Music Pavilion |

Paper Bird will headline 2015 Navigator Awards at the Strings Music Pavilion

Audrey Dwyer
The indie rock group Paper Bird will be back in Steamboat Springs for the 2015 Navigator Awards in November as the featured entertainment for this year's celebration at the Strings Music Pavilion.

Navigator Awards nominations still being accepted

Nominations for the 2015 Navigator Awards are still being accepted.

Any Steamboat Chamber member in good standing is eligible for the Business of the Year award. Business owners or general managers employed by Steamboat Chamber members are eligible for the Business Person of the Year award, and the Young Professional of the Year award is open to any young business leader in the Steamboat Springs community or surrounding area.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Sept. 30

To nominate an individual or business, visit

— Organizers of the 2015 Navigators Awards announced Wednesday night that Paper Bird will headline the annual event.

Blending multi-part harmonies and virtuous soul, the Denver-based group will bring their indie folk rock sound to the stage at Strings Music Pavilion for the awards celebration, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6.

“I’ve seen them before and loved them,” Chamber membership director Reed Jones said. “We thought Paper Bird would give the right vibe for the award show because they have great energy and an amazing sound that I think people will really be able to appreciate at the Strings Pavilion.”

Since the band formed in 2007, they’ve become a national phenomenon within the indie music world.

A favorite with Steamboat Springs audiences, Paper Bird has been busy touring across the country this year in addition to releasing a few new songs and covers on OpenAir Colorado Public Radio. The group has also been featured in a New York Times story about up-and-coming Denver bands, on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and were recently listed in Paste Magazine as one of the Top 10 Colorado Bands to Watch.

The band’s current lineup includes siblings Sarah Anderson on vocals and trumpet and Mark Anderson on drums, Paul DeHaven on guitar, Genevieve Patterson on vocals and keyboard, Caleb Summeril on bass, guitar and banjo and newest member Carleigh Aikens on vocals.

Hosted by the Chamber and the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Navigator Awards annually recognize a Business Person of the Year, Business of the Year and Young Professional of the Year.

In 2014, the format of the event was changed to make it an evening celebration including cocktails and live entertainment at the Strings Music Pavilion. Last year’s attendees were treated to an intimate night of music provided by country music star Joe Nichols and Brent Rowan, an esteemed session guitarist and producer from the Nashville music scene who now lives in Steamboat.

Award winners in 2014 were Ed MacArthur, Business Person of the Year, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Business of the Year, and Sarah Fox, Young Professional of the Year.

Nominations for the 2015 awards will be accepted through Sept. 30.

Tickets for the 2015 Navigator Awards can be purchased for $75 for reserved seating and can be purchased online at VIP tables for eight are available for $700.

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

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