Steamboat’s Music Scene Soaring
Where do we start with Steamboat’s vibrant music scene? From bars like Schmiggity’s downtown, offering life music almost nightly, to the Chief Theater, Strings Music Pavilion and free concerts on the mountain, the hills around town are very much alive with every type of music under the sun.
Steamboat Ski Resort
This year’s music scene at Steamboat Ski Resort is better than ever, with both the free Bud Light Rocks the Boat concert series, held at base area’s concert stage Jan. 16; March 11, 18, 25; and April 1, 8, 15 and 16. Also, new this season is the Winter Wondergrass concert
(winterwondergrass.com) Feb. 23 to 26, where music and brews collide in an authentic Colorado gathering celebrating bluegrass and craft beer. The fifth-year festival has now found the ideal Colorado location in Steamboat. The event will include its tried-and-true events, as well as a free welcome party, farm-to-table dinner, special mid-mountain sessions and music and libation workshops. This year’s line-up includes Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, Steep Canyon Rangers and more.
Strings Music Pavilion
Whether you’re after classical music, jazz or rock ’n’ roll, award-winning music can be found at the Strings Music Pavilion between town and the mountain. From its 1988 beginnings to its current 9,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Mount Werner Road and Pine Grove Road, the organization brings top acts to Steamboat every winter, from Grammy-award-winning musicians to New York Metropolitan Opera singers and world-class orchestra performers. “We have great music and an unbelievably supportive community,” says Strings marketing director Cristin Frey. “We owe it all to the support of the community and the people who continue to come to our shows.” Info: stringsmusicfestival.com.
Located in the heart of downtown, the Chief Theater is a performing arts and cultural venue that continues to bolster Steamboat’s arts, culture and entertainment scene. Built in 1926, the theater was recently renovated and has hosted performances by such acts as the Wood Brothers, Uncle Lucius, John McEuen, Tony Furtado, Todd Park Mohr and more. “We’re getting better musical acts all the time,” says Executive Director Scott Parker. “Artists love playing here.” Highlighting this winter’s line-up is the Songwriter Series, including The Herman Clan (Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon and his two sons), Dec. 16; the Pre Music Fest, including a Jan. 5 concert by Cody Canada and the Departed Opening Act Zac Wilkerson; MusicFest 2017, which runs from Jan. 5 to 10; and Winter WonderGrass, Feb. 23 to 26. Info: chieftheater.com.
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