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Popular bluegrass and reggae group wrap up the 2015 Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Music Series

If You Go

What: The Infamous Stringdusters

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11

Where: Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square

If You Go...

What: Steel Pulse

When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12

Where: Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square

— Two musical genres will come together this weekend in celebration of the 2014-2015 ski season.

As part of the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Music Series, the progressive bluegrass group known as The Infamous Stringdusters will take the stage in Gondola Square at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Then at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the Grammy-winning roots reggae band from Birminham England, known as Steel Pulse will close out the season.

“I think this is a fitting end for (the season),” said John Waldman, local promoter for Great Knight Productions. “The musical styles fit really well, not only for locals, but people from all over the state will be coming for the final weekend.”

Encompassing the attitude of Colorado residents’ adventurous energy with their musical undertones, The Infamous Stringdusters — with members Andy Falco on guitar, Travis Book on bass, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro and Chris Pandolfi on banjo — have created a grassroots fan base ever since their start in 2007.

“I think we have a lot of things in common with the people of Colorado, like being outdoors hiking, fishing etc.,” Garrett said. “That’s the lifestyle we live, and I think many people in the state identify with that.”

Weaving traditional bluegrass instrumentals and harmonies with each band member’s diverse music background allows the group to push the boundaries within the bluegrass genre.

“We rely on being trained musicians, but also have a sense of realism about us,” Garret said. “We can be honest and sing about what we feel and believe and not have to follow after some musical genre pattern.”

Garrett explained that the group members have progressively evolved to become more “in sync” with each other. So much so, that subtle cues can replace an entire conversation.

Forming in 1975, the roots reggae band Steel Pulse is all too familiar with this notion of a closely knit group.

“They are legendary,” said Jerry Sorenson, a fan of Steel Pulse and the drummer for the local reggae band Acutonic. “There is always something to be said about a band that can stay together that long. You have to have a love for what you are doing and have that passion for the art, music and message.”

Steel Pulse — coming to Steamboat from a recent performance in Italy — is comprised of members David Hinds, lead singer, rhythm guitarist, composer and harmonica player; Selwyn Brown, composer, backing, vocals and keyboards; Sidney Mills, keyboardist and backup vocals; Amiak Tafari, bass; Wayne Elvis Clarke, drums and percussion; Donovan McKitty, lead guitar; Makiesha McTaggart, backup vocals and Jerry Johnson, saxophone and horns.

Always remaining close to their roots, Steel Pulse continues to tour and create albums of uplifting music promoting positive messages.

“They rarely play B-side songs for their shows because all of the songs they produce are top-notch,” said Sorenson, who has seen the group he looks up to perform three times now. “They put on a great, high-energy show I’m really glad they will be here.”

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

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