On Scene for July 7
The Ditty Bops
I heard the Ditty Bops do a radio interview the day before their Saturday show. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting to hear ragtime music.
It’s the music from the soundtracks of the movies that our grandmothers watched, but performed by two young ladies, with the sweetest voices I’ve ever heard. They were transported straight from the 1920s to 20th Century L.A., and then rode their bikes here.
They are riding from the City of Angels to the Big Apple promoting their new album. My best friend was so inspired, she rode her bike up Rabbit Ears Pass the next morning. They were that good.
They even learned how to juggle and closed the show by juggling with Scott Parker and Kelly Anzalone, the owners of Steamboat Mountain Theater.
They were funny, talented, entertaining and even let the audience members draw their set list out of a hat. I would definitely not miss these ladies the next time they roll through town, which will be in September.
Steamboat Springs may not have a whole lot of music venues, but it sure has a ridiculous amount of free shows every week. And the pinnacle of all free shows is the Summer Concert Series.
After last Friday, I feel like summer is officially, officially here. I could hardly hear the Chicago Blues Reunion over the excited chatter of friends reuniting after our long winter.
The lawn in front of our new year-round ski jump was divided into the dancers in front of the stage, families on picnic blankets in the middle and the 20-and-30-somethings in the back by the beer tent.
Although the rain shower sent a few people home, most members of the Steamboat family reunion were present.
Steamboat in the summertime involves the same concept that reunited the members of the Chicago Blues Reunion. The band formed to pass on a legacy of music — the original Chicago blues.
Hopefully, 40 years from now, we will be able to pass on the tradition of the free Summer Concert Series to the next generation. And it will honor the heritage of the collective Steamboat family and pass on a legacy of enjoying music together.
— Allison Plean
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