Kip Attaway brings comedy, mayhem back to the Chief
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Kip Attaway is no stranger to Steamboat Springs.
“One of the first few times I started performing at the Sheraton and what was Buddy’s Run (now Bear River Bar & Grill) one show in particular got too loud,” Attaway said. “So they moved me to the basement — little did they know — within an hour or two the room was packed with people. It set the all-time high bar record there.”
To this day, he’s not sure if that record’s been beaten, but what he does know is how to create a show using his own combination of comedy, music and a bit of mayhem.
Entertaining all over the world from Hawaii to Australia, Attaway will bring his parodies, impersonations and a few surprises to the Chief Theater stage starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Chief Theater.
“Kip Attaway puts on a show like no other,” said Scott Parker, Chief Theater executive director. “It’s music. It’s comedy. It’s storytelling and one heck of a good time. People have a lot of fun at his shows, and they always leave wanting more.”
The Texas native is based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, spending a majority of his time touring and performing at ski resorts and clubs across the West. While much of his act is humorous, he’s written some serious songs as well.
For example, the tune “Rock Springs to Cheyenne” was recorded by Chris LeDoux’s band Western Underground. The song was also recorded by Micky and the Motorcars and became part of the soundtrack for the movie “Soda Springs.”
“It developed into what it is now from a guy with a guitar in an empty bar,” Attaway said. “I thought, ‘Well, I suppose I have nothing to lose.’ Pretty soon people started walking by, and the next thing you know, the bar was packed.”
He’s also released more than a dozen albums.
For his live shows however, anything goes. Songs and comedy skits vary from a song called “Helium,” where he sings in a helium-induced voice to a Johnny Cash bit using an old exercise machine while singing.
A few of Parker’s favorite Attaway songs are “Doc I’m Seeing Double,” a history lesson of all the bars in Steamboat, many of which are not in existence anymore, or his Willie Nelson impression and medley.
“I’m not sure what it is, but when people come into a bar I’m usually playing at — especially after skiing — it’s a wild ride,” Attaway said. “The next thing you know, people are dancing on tables and having a good time.”
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