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Free concerts planned as part of 34th annual MusicFest in Steamboat Springs

A large crowd gathers at the base of Steamboat Resort to listen to the Dirty River Boys play as part of MusicFest several years ago. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — MusicFest returns to Steamboat Springs this week.

The 34th annual weeklong festival kicks off Saturday, and Steamboat Resort is prepared to welcome the 6,000 attendees and visitors who come with it.

This year’s lineup includes 80 musicians ranging from legends to rising stars with over 120 live performances planned. In total, MusicFest is expected to attract 14,000 visitors to town.

Parking lot closures

The MusicFest tent, which provides more than 18,000 square feet of concert space, has been erected in the north portion of Steamboat Resort’s Knoll Lot, which is located on Mount Werner Circle across from the Gondola Square Transit Center. The festival tent will remain there through Tuesday, Jan. 15. In addition, the lower Knoll triangle lot will be closed Saturday, Jan 5, to Thursday, Jan. 10. The resort will continue to offer free parking in the south half of the Knoll Lot and in the Meadows Parking Lot and paid parking in the Gondola Square parking structure.

What started out as a trailer with a small stage that rolled into Steamboat each January has grown into a multi-venue music phenomenon that offers more than just country music.

“Everything from Americana to rock ‘n’ roll, to Cajun or jazz-infused sounds and exceptional instrumentation, the festival really represents a lot of different styles of music,” said John Dickson, founder and creator of the MusicFest and Dickson Productions Inc.

For the last 18 years, MusicFest has sold out within 15 minutes, Dickson said.

However, there’s still a chance for people to see the musicians at a variety of late night shows throughout the week at smaller venues.

“We wanted the late night shows to be free so locals could go and so there was late night music after the Fest was over,” said Brian Smith, a booking agent with B. Smith Presents, who books the free shows outside of the MusicFest.

“People tend to think all the music from the fest is just country,” he said. “The music is more listenable than you would think.”

Bands to be on the lookout for, according to Smith, include the local band Buffalo Commons, Midnight River Choir, Austin Meade and Kevin Galloway, who will be performing with a cello player for the first time at the Chief Theater.

“Some of these artists play to audiences of 10,000 people or more each weekend, Dickson said. “It’s such a rare opportunity to see them here at a smaller, more intimate venue — in a place like Steamboat Springs nonetheless.”

Steamboat Stage free concerts

In addition to the sold-out concerts and free late night events, MusicFest features four free concerts on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square.

  • Mike and The Moonpies and Jack Ingram: 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6
  • Kody West and Casey Donahew Band: 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7
  • Shane Smith and the Saints and Flatland Calvary: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8
  • Dirty River Boys and Koe Wetzel: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9

Free concerts schedule at various venues

Friday, Jan. 4

  • Jay Roemer and Darren Radach: 7:30 p.m. | The Press | 1009 Lincoln Ave.
  • Brent Michael Wood, Sweet Leah and Brian Milson: 8 to 11 p.m. | McKnight’s Irish Pub | 685 Marketpalce Plaza, Unit C-1

Saturday, Jan. 5

  • Rebecca Creek artists live: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | The Press
  • Live music Jay Roemer: 7 to 9 p.m. | McKnight’s Irish Pub, 685 Marketpalce Plaza, Unit C-1
  • Love & Chaos: 7 p.m. | The Press
  • Live Music with “Good Strangers:” 9 p.m. | Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse, 60880 Routt County Road 129
  • Buffalo Commons Trio: 10 p.m. | The Press

Sunday, Jan. 6

  • Rebecca Creek Whiskey Live Music: Noon to 7 p.m. | Slopeside Grill, 1855 Ski Time Square Drive
  • Dillan Poe: 4 to 6 p.m. | McKnight’s Irish Pub
  • Rebecca Creek artists live: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | The Press
  • Austin Meade: 7 p.m. | The Press
  • Ryan Wilcox & The Sunday Shakes: 7 to 9 p.m. | McKnight’s Irish Pub

Monday, Jan. 7

  • Rebecca Creek Whiskey Live Music: Noon to 7 p.m. | Slopeside Grill
  • Jon Young & Buck Fuffalo: 4 to 6 p.m. | McKnight’s Irish Pub
  • Rebecca Creek artists live: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | The Press
  • Bryan Catalani: 9:30 to 11 p.m. | McKnight’s Irish Pub

Tuesday, Jan. 8

  • Rebecca Creek Whiskey Live Music: Noon to 7 p.m. | Slopeside Grill
  • Rebecca Creek artists live: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | The Press
  • Ben Marshal Band: 9 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

  • Rebecca Creek Whiskey Live Music: Noon to 7 p.m. | Slopeside Grill

Ticketed shows with tickets available

Saturday, Jan. 5

  • Kevin Galloway and Zac Wilkerson: 7 p.m. | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
  • Jonathan Tyler and Nikki Lane: 10 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.

 

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.


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