Steamboat Springs to play host to all-ages metal concert |

Steamboat Springs to play host to all-ages metal concert

Luke Graham

— Sometimes a violin and banjo will do just fine. Twangy melodies have their place alongside cowboy boots and Stetson hats.

Then there are times when people simply want to rock. Sometimes, it's a Slayer type of day.

Other times, Iron Maiden will do.

And as the music scene in Steamboat Springs generally flows toward jamgrass and bluegrass, metal and punk shows are few and far between. It's not an indictment on musical tastes, but a reality.

Fortunately for metal heads, purveyors of fast guitar licks, a little growling and devil horns, Friday will be a treat.

Six metal and punk bands from across the state will play at Olympian Hall. The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. and go until midnight. Doors open at 5 p.m. The show costs $5 and is for all ages.

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"It's another form of music," said Michael Pinder, who is organizing the show and will play with his band Unreasonable Human. "A lot of mountain towns don't have access to it. We want to promote a good, healthy vibe to that direction. It's a different art form and medium kids don't get to see very often."

And they want to rock.

Bands expected to play include Biological Meltdown, ICO, Alcaeus, Last Word, Artemesis and Unreasonable Human.

Pinder, who lived off and on in Steamboat for 10 years, said he understands the music scene in Steamboat and what is available.

Unreasonable Human played a show at The Tugboat Grill & Pub in April 2012. The venue was packed, demonstrating Steamboat's interest in the metal genre.

Pinder said the band is based on guitar hooks and good times. But when they started to put the show together, making it all ages was a priority.

Pinder grew up moshing at all-ages shows designed for the after-school crowd. The same goes for Friday's show.

"We wanted to promote this to the teenage crowd," he said. "It's for the kids that don't get to see even real bands that come to Steamboat outside of the free concert series."

The venue should also provide a unique setting. Pinder said they tried to get on board with another venue, but their quest for making it an all-ages show limited options.

In metal and punk fashion, though, Pinder said the bands are going to show up, set up and rock.

"We'll set up on the floor and go with it," he said. "We're bringing tons of equipment and six bands. I promise it will be a good time."

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