City Council calls first dibs on free concert tickets, VIP passes |

City Council calls first dibs on free concert tickets, VIP passes

Ziggy Marley drew thousands of music fans to Howelsen Hill last summer for the Steamboat Springs Free Concert Series. This year, the series will offer a different kind of experience for concert goers.
John F. Russell

— The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday broke from recent tradition and called first dibs on free concert tickets previous councils have either donated to local nonprofits or to city staff.

The council also called first dibs on a pair of lanyards that will allow council members free entry into a VIP tent at the Free Summer Concert Series at Howelsen Hill.

The moves will leave fewer concert tickets and lanyards available as perks for city staff and new downtown volunteers.

Councilman Tony Connell said the current council is working much more than previous councils and deserved some perks.

“I’m going to be a little selfish on this,” Connell said before advocating the council be given first pick of the Strings concert tickets the city receives for sponsoring the event. “We’ve been doing a lot more work than we’ve been in the past, and I do think we should get first dibs on this.”

Connell said the current council has put in 50 percent more time so far than previous councils he has served with.

The council will have the first pick of the two Strings tickets the city has per show.

Tickets to any concert a council member doesn’t claim will be given to city staff.

The city also is receiving four lanyards to the VIP tent at the Free Summer Concert Series this summer.

The question of who should have first dibs on these generated a little more debate, as council members discussed whether they should have first dibs on two lanyards or make more available for city staff and volunteers who will work downtown for free this summer as part of an ambassador program.

“I’ll be frank. I want to use the (VIP lanyard) for Bruce Hornsby,” Councilwoman Heather Sloop said.

Councilman Jason Lacy advocated leaving council out of the lanyard pool and giving two lanyards to the downtown volunteers every concert and the other two to city staff.

“It’s just something we’ve done in the past,” Lacy said Wednesday as he expressed a desire to give city staff and volunteers priority with tickets. “We really need to give some thanks to staff and these downtown ambassadors who are helping us out.”

But Sloop said Tuesday she didn’t think the council would take up too many of the concert lanyards and advocated for the downtown volunteers being in a smaller raffle pool with city staff.

Connell also wanted first dibs.

“I think we deserve the first option, I just do,” Connell said.

The council voted, 5-2, to allow council first dibs on two lanyards and give the other two to city staff and the downtown volunteers.

Lacy and Council President Walter Magill opposed the motion to give the council first dibs on any of the VIP lanyards.

The lanyards normally cost $200 for the entire concert season and will give council members free entry into a VIP tent with a bar, private restrooms and two free beers.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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