Songwriter Series returns to the Chief Theater
If you go:
What: Songwriter Series presents Arthur Lee Land
When: Doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5
Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at chieftheater.com or All That.
Steamboat Springs — One of the great benefits of living in Steamboat Springs is its tremendous music scene. In addition to talented local musicians, performers from all over the world choose to play here because, well, it’s Steamboat.
Soon, an extraordinary group of singer-songwriters will be performing at the Chief Theater. The 2016-17 Songwriter Series features musicians who tour around the world, often playing at festivals and large venues.
The first show is on Nov.5 featuring Arthur Lee Land, a Lyons-based singer-songwriter who really offers two shows in one. The multi-talented performer blends elements from distinctive parts of his longtime career as a touring musician playing folk-rock, country, roots and a world beat/bluegrass hybrid.
His technical skills have allowed him to develop the Art of Live-Looping techniques, which create an “on-the-fly” full band sound by layering acoustic guitars, six string banjo, mandolin, B-Bender Telecaster, bass, African percussion, drum samples, beat boxing and other electronic sonic textures and effects.
On Dec. 16, Vince Herman, founding member, lead singer and guitarist of Leftover Salmon, will be performing a rare show as The Herman Clan. He will be joined on stage by his sons Collin and Silas Herman. This will be a unique opportunity to see The Herman Clan in an intimate setting.
January brings two major female talents to the Chief.
On Jan.12, Manhattan’s Lucy Kaplansky returns to Steamboat for the first time since her appearance at Strings in 2010. Her sexy, sultry, emotional voice adds great depth to her deep, heart-felt songs.
Kaplansky’s rising popularity has led to appearances on the CBS Morning Show, NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions, All Things Considered, Mountain Stage and West Coast Live.
New England’s Cheryl Wheeler performs at the Chief on Jan. 29. Wheeler’s concerts are more like what you would expect to find at a comedy club rather than at a folk music concert. She will tell a story that has you rolling in the aisles and then sing a song that leaves you wiping tears from your eyes.
Moors and McCumber come to the Chief Theater on Feb.25. James Moors and Kort McCumber have been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies and dazzling instrumental proficiency.
The duo incorporate elements of various music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues. They are multi-instrumentalists, including guitar, ukulele, mandolin, cello, fiddle, bouzouki, and harmonica.
On April 6, the 2016-17 Songwriter Series concludes with international star Lynn Miles, who is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer-songwriters. Miles has always created and performed music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability. Her touring schedule regularly takes her through the U.S., Europe and across Canada.
Past performers for the previous two years of the Songwriter Series are anxious to return. This is largely due to the hospitality extended by the group of volunteers who make this series possible.
Larry Carlton and Jodi Maccini host a crew meal before each show, and performers often stay at a volunteer’s home. Fine home cooking and soft beds are a welcome change for performers who spend a good chunk of their year in hotel rooms on the road.
Volunteers, including John and Marlene Fisher and Pat and Rich Gloor, network in the community, display 120 posters around town, usher at the show, sell performers’ CDs and bake treats for sale at the show.
Combined with the excellent sound engineered by Lock McShane and the professionalism of the Chief Theater staff, it’s no wonder that inevitably the final question Songwriter Series performers ask is, “When can I come back?”
Season tickets for the 2016-17 lineup are now on sale for $95, which is a $15 discount from individual ticket prices and includes a special season ticket holder appreciation party at the Chief prior to The Herman Clan concert on Dec.16.
Season tickets or individual tickets, including $15 tickets for Arthur Lee Land this Saturday, can be purchased online at chieftheater.com or at All That. All shows are at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
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