Best of the Boat band: Buffalo Commons |

Best of the Boat band: Buffalo Commons

Buffalo Commons was named Best Band by readers. (Photo by John F. Russell)

How does a band go from playing a gig at a coffee shop to being a local headliner at WinterWonderGrass and becoming Steamboat’s most popular band, all within a three-year span?

It takes a village. Or in Buffalo Commons’ case, a “herd.”

“We’ve encountered peaks and valleys, and highs and lows,” frontman Tyree Woods said. “At this point, it’s better than I ever envisioned.”

What started as an idea in 2015 between a group of friends has evolved to feature the current lineup of band members, including Gabe Riding, Eric Baker, Tyree Woods, Denton Turner and Randy Kelley.

What sets them apart, Woods said, is their “original folk-n-soul from the Yampa Valley.” That and the fact the group is constantly working on new music and updating its set lists with new originals and covers.

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“This awesome community we’re a part of has a lot to do with our success as a band,” Woods said.

Buffalo Commons has a busy winter season ahead, including a second year at WinterWonderGrass, the Ullr Grass festival in Golden and Keystone’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend. They also plan on dropping their first album this winter, along with a signature beer in collaboration with Butcherknife Brewing Co.

“Things are happening,” Woods said. “For every step we take backward, we seem to take two steps forward, and that pace is fine by me.”

Best Band

• Winner: Buffalo Commons

• Runners-up: Loose Change and Yer State Birds

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