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Get to know a few Steamboat musicians performing free shows during MusicFest

Buffalo Commons, a Steamboat Springs-based funk and soul group, will perform at one of the late night free shows this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — No tickets? No problem.

There’s still plenty of ways to catch a few of the featured MusicFest artists this weekend at a variety of venues.

While MusicFest headlines about 80 musicians, there will also be a sampling of local musicians featured at a few of the late night venues outside of the sold-out festival.

Find out where to see their shows and which musicians they’re looking forward to seeing at the 34th annual MusicFest, which hits MusicFest .

Jay Roemer

Jay Roemer will perform at the late night free shows during the week of MusicFest.

See Jay Roemer perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at McKnight’s Irish Pub or at Open Mic Night at McKnight’s from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Roemer is the front man for Old Town Pickers, a local group known for Americana and bluegrass. He released his all-original album, “Taking Names & Breaking Hearts,” in 2017, and he’s also performed at events like WinterWonderGrass.

This will be his 10th year working for Music Fest, and he offered some advice on what shows to catch this weekend.

“What stands out to me about my favorite acts at this festival is the amazing songwriters that I’ve discovered over the years,” Roemer said.

A few of his favorite songwriters at MusicFest include John Fullbright, Corb Lund, Bruce Robison, Adam Hood and Hayes Carll.

Buffalo Commons

Named the Best of the Boat’s Best Band for 2018, Buffalo Commons has built a strong grassroots following. They are set to perform at 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at The Press.

The group has headlined the WinterWonderGrass festival and performs regularly around town at Music on the Green, Sunset Happy Hour and Old Town Pub.

“Someone dubbed our music as ‘soul music from outer space,’” said Denton Turner, a North Carolina native and band member who previously performed with the Old Town Pickers. “It’s rare in Steamboat to get a band that can perform original music and have a style that’s unique.”

The current lineup of band members includes Gabe Riding, Eric Baker, Tyree Woods, Denton Turner and Randy Kelley.

“I think finding someone you can play music with is three times as hard as finding someone you can fall in love with here,” Woods said.

Woods said MusicFest is a singer songwriter’s dream because musicians have an audience fully engaged in the music they are sharing.

“The feeling of writing something that someone you don’t even know connects to is as good as it gets in my book,” he said.

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 Marketplace Plaza, Unit C-1

Saturday, Jan. 5

  • Rebecca Creek artists live: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | The Press
  • Live music with 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: 10 p.m. | The Press

Sunday, Jan. 6

  • Rebecca Creek artists live: 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 artists live: Noon to 7 p.m. | Slopeside Grill
  • Jon Young and 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 artists live: 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 artists live: 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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