Steamboat Swings to perform Saturday at Depot Art Center |

Steamboat Swings to perform Saturday at Depot Art Center

The Steamboat Swings big band will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Depot Art Center on 13th Street.
Matt Stensland

If you go

What: Steamboat Swing big band performance and community dance

When: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Depot Art Center on 13th Street

Cost: Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple

— Big band music returns to Steamboat Springs on Saturday, so grab your dance partner and head to the Depot Art Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. when Steamboat Swings will perform a concert featuring traditional big band music typical of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

Steamboat resident Henry Savage, with help from Jim Knapp, Mike Lewis and John Fairlie, formed the band in late 2008. The group’s first performance was in March 2009.

Savage, one of five saxophone players in Steamboat Swings, said swing music was replaced with rock in the 1950s, but it’s back. Since the band got together, he said it has been performed at community dances throughout Steamboat.

“There is a community of dancers in Steamboat Springs who have been learning swing dance, among other things,” he said. “Swing dancing has made a pretty big comeback across the country, with traditional big band music.”

Savage said the dances provide a source of entertainment at a reasonable cost for Steamboat residents. He said the whole idea behind the formation of the band was to provide a community service.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Savage said some of the proceeds are distributed among the band members, while the rest pays for music and sound equipment. There also will be a cash bar.

In addition to playing shows that have included community dances and performing for free at local events, Savage said the band provides an avenue for local musicians who simply love to play.

He said the 17-member band consists of a core group of professional musicians. The remainder, like Savage, consider themselves serious amateurs.

“I think I can say with a very straight face that it’s a very good band, and getting better over time,” he said.

Rachel Radetsky, program manager for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, said the first time she saw Steamboat Swings perform, she left impressed. She said she thought, “Wow, we have this talent here in Steamboat.”

Past performances at the Depot have drawn as many as 100 people. She encouraged everyone to attend.

“You don’t have to be a professional dancer,” Radetsky said. “It’s just a fun time.”

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail

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