Steamboat Free Summer Concerts releases 2019 lineup
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After much suspense, the Steamboat Free Summer Concerts 2019 lineup was announced at the Reveal Party on Friday at Thunderhead Lodge.
Summer 2019 Steamboat Free Summer Concerts lineup:
- Saturday, June 29: The Expendables and The Movement
- Friday, July 5: North Mississippi Allstars
- Saturday, July 27: Shinyribs
- Saturday, Aug. 10: TBA
- Sunday, Sept. 1: Billy Strings
The Aug. 10 show will be announced later this spring.
“We’re really excited, because we’re doing a number of different things this summer,” said Steamboat Free Summer Concerts Board President Ted Carey. “We’re doing a double-header for our June show — two headlining bands, which is something we’ve never done before. And only one band will have played in the series before, but it’s one we haven’t had in many years.”
The Expendables are based in Santa Cruz, California, blending reggae, punk, metal, ska and rock to form the genre “surf rock.”
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The Movement is a South Carolina-based band playing a mix of reggae, rock and hip hop.
The North Mississippi Allstars play southern blues-rock and are based in Hernando, Mississippi.
Shinyribs is a country-soul, swamp-funk group based in Austin, Texas.
William Apostol, better known as Billy Strings, is a Nashville-based folk-bluegrass guitarist.
The free summer concert series began in 1993 on the Routt County Court House lawn, with several hundred people in attendance. It’s since grown to feature five concerts per summer, averaging 3,500 to 7,000 attendees per show. Series organizers estimate that more than 500,000 guests have attended a show.
The series’ concerts take place at Howelsen Hill Amphitheater. Each show is family friendly, zero waste and free to attend, with concessions available. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and shows are generally done by 9:15 p.m.
“The concerts bring a sense of community,” Carey said. “Everyone enjoys them, and it’s a great time to see people and meet people. Some would argue it’s a big driver for tourism; it’s also really about the local community.”
Julia Ben-Asher is a contributing writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today.
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