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Popular musician Tyree Woods of Buffalo Commons spices up benefit concert

Tyree Woods, singer and guitarist for Buffalo Commons, will host Tunes for Toys on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 at the Old Town Pub. Woods hosted the event in 2019, but has been on hold the past couple of years because of COVID-19. This year the event will return and Woods is hoping it will raise money to help less fortunate members of the community during the holiday season. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at Eventbrite.com.
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Tyree Woods, lead singer and guitarist for Buffalo Commons, still recalls the help his family got when he was growing up in Michigan.

“My beginnings are in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, and it is one of the most dangerous places in America,” Woods said. “It’s filled with some really good people, but through different circumstance, we’re put in this place that is now the ghetto. I know that between my family and the foster families that I lived with, we were helped out by things like United Way.”

That is one big reason Woods is working with Routt County United Way to host the second Tunes for Toys concert. The benefit concert will feature Woods, his buddies from Buffalo Commons and several big names in the world of music. The concert is slated to start at 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at Old Town Pub & Restaurant in Steamboat.

This isn’t the first time Woods has supported the effort. He hosted a similar event in 2019, but this is the first time the event will be back on stage since the pandemic began.

“If I can use music to help somebody else out, then it just feels like the right thing to do,” Woods said of his reasons for putting on the event. “It makes me feel good to help, but it also makes me feel like I’m paying back the same people that helped me, that helped my family and have helped millions of countless other families.”

This year, Woods has invited several guests including fiddle player Andy Reiner, cellist Joy Adams, guitarist Kory Montgomery, multi-instrumentalist Jack Cloonan, horns player Luke Story, keyboardist Mike Martinez and vocalist Alyssa Medina. Woods added that band members from Buffalo Commons will also contribute.

“I really want to highlight the people that we’re bringing from out of town because it’s really going to add a spice,” Woods said. “There’s going to be like a strong Buffalo Commons influence because I’m leading it, but also because those guys are like my brothers and they want to be involved.”

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at EventBrite.com. In the first event, Woods asked attendees to bring an unwrapped toy. However, because United Way no longer offers a toy drop-off for its holiday programs, Woods wants concert-goers to bring gift cards that United Way will give to those in need.

 “I really liked the idea of giving toys,” Woods said. “But for the sake of helping people that need help, the gift cards are good. People can buy toys with this or maybe pay a bill that is going to keep their lights on this holiday season.”

Woods said that for every $20 gift card a concert-goer brings, he or she will receive one entry into a raffle that includes VIP concert tickets to WinterWonderGrass, as well as items from Harvest Skis, Powder Tools’ board shop, Hala and Franciosi Brothers Pizza. Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club will provide the out-of-town bands with a place to stay.

The poster for this year’s event was created by artist Tom Stefanelli, who gave his time and skills for the event.

Woods said the gift cards, the proceeds from the raffle and a portion of the ticket sales will go to support the cause.

“This is as good as it gets, and so at the core of why I wanted to do this to begin with, it’s because I wanted to use something that I could do to give back to a community that has been there for me,” Woods said. “I want to enjoy this as much as I can. I want it to be a successful thing in the sense that we got people to come out to be involved in their community and be involved in the community in such a way where they are having fun, but giving back as well.”

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