Steamboat Springs musicians headlining Yampapalooza music festival Saturday |

Steamboat Springs musicians headlining Yampapalooza music festival Saturday

— Sound checking will be live, done on the fly. Flexibility is a must, and whatever happens, the show goes on.

In true festival-like fashion, Yampapalooza will not only showcase grassroots bands who share a love for the music but will give a spotlight to bands and musicians who are otherwise unknown in the local music scene.

Organizers Sean Regan, Old Town Pub owner, and Tommy Larson, who founded the event in 2014, hope to provide a gathering of the community and a celebration of all things music Saturday from 2 p.m. to close.

"There's a connecting thread between all of these musicians that creates this camaraderie," said Larson. "You will see people sitting around and talking about gear or about music lyrics for an hour or more.”

To find out who the locals are behind the mic, Explore Steamboat talked to a few of the Yampapalooza’s headlining acts.

El Kabong

2:30 p.m.

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About: Got their start as a band in 2013 when Gretchen Van De Carr received a drum set for her 50th birthday. The group has three new members in their lineup with a handful of new rockin' blues songs.

Music Mix: With a new lineup of musicians, expect a handful of new rockin' blues songs.

Members: Pete Van De Carr, Gretchen Van De Carr, Jon Fieges, Tommy Larson, Grant Burrough and Kat Fitzsimmons.

What you should know: El Kabong is not some cryptic message about pot. In fact, it's from an old cartoon, the "Quick Draw McGraw Show." The sheriff, who is also a horse, would put his mask on and beat the bad guys over the head with his guitar. "We are playing good music and beating the bad stuff out with our guitar playing," said Gretchen Van DeCarr.

"When we are performing and the music is tight, we are playing off each other, there's this unspoken communication that happens. It's a pretty special art form. Collaborating with others in this way is a really great feeling, especially when you nail it and it sounds great.”

John Miller

4:05 p.m. solo acoustic act

About: Known for his role in Yer State Birds.

Music Mix: With a keyboard and background vocals, Miller will perform tunes of raw, rock 'n’ roll laden with Motown-blues influences.

Extra Mustard

4:45 p.m.

Members: Tommy Larson, Chuck Cerasoli, Mick Paulis and Terry Ostrom

About: Larson and Cerasoli started playing on and off from when they were roommates in early 2000. Three years ago, they started playing again as a hobby. They picked up Ostrom as the banjo player two years ago.

Music Mix: Classic rock, country, bluegrass and various tunes that catch their ear. They play mainly covers from J.J. Grey to The Band, and a few originals like the blues rock tune Larson recently wrote.

What you should know:"Our band name, Extra Mustard, was the result after batting the idea for a name around one day and that name came up," said Cerasoli. “One of the guys said, 'You know, just when you thought you've had enough, you want a little bit of extra mustard.’ And that was it."

Ryan Fleming

6:20 p.m. solo acoustic act

About: Getting his start at an open mic night held at Mahagony Ridge Brewery and Grill 11 years ago, Fleming has performed at a variety of venues from the Boathouse, Sweetwater with the band Nothing to Fear, the old Tug Boat, Ghost Ranch and even Old Town Pub.

Music Mix: Singer songwriter, folk, blues and blugrass-country tunes.

"This will be the third time I've played at Yampapalooza and we always have a riot of a good time," Fleming said. "It's people who don't normally play around town, but that just shows we are a community that has more than just sports, this elevates the arts and the talent found here as well.

What you should know: He likes to incorporate a bit of comedy, listen to his lyrics and you may get a giggle.


6:45 p.m.

About: Getting their start nine years ago, the group is known to play events, private parties and the occasion bar show throughout Craig, Meeker and sometimes in Steamboat. Their music spans a wide variety of classic rock ballads from Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Rolling Stone, The Who and more.

Music Mix: Classic Rock, Blues, Trop Rock, Originals and Covers

Members: John Husband, Dave Payton, Steve Mazzuca, Art Witts and Rich Foster

What you should know: "Expect the unexpected with the variety of music we will play," Husband said.

Trevor G Potter

8:15 p.m.

About: This local musician got his start in Steamboat's music scene 13 years ago playing regular gigs at Rex's American Grill & Bar, Old Town Pub and Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill. He even has two albums out, "Curbside Vacancy" and "Potter County & Points Far Beyond" featuring his original music.

Music Mix: Singer songwriter playing a variety of Americana, rustic rock 'n’ roll, broken bluegrass and folk blues.

"Part of what has kept me pursuing music all these years is that there is a certain amount of vitality to it," Potter said. "You can continue to hone your skills whether you're a musician who only plays within your own home or if you're an entertainer. You can always make progress."


11:40 p.m.

Members: Jerry Sorenson, Sara Bass, Eric Giles, Nick LaGorga and Brad Leister

About: After taking some time off, Acutonic is back with a new lineup and members

Music Mix: A combination of progressive reggae influences, classic roots reggae, hip-hop and Mo-Town elements add to their new sound.

"With new members compared to the old, each person brings his or her own influences to the group and new people bring on a new energy," Sorenson said.

What you should know: Be on the lookout for more vocal harmonies from the event’s main headliner.


9:30 p.m.

Members: Nick Beldumans, Joe Richard and Tyler Crane

About: Crane describes the group as feel-good Colorado Jam sauce offering an array of flavors like blues, funk, reggae and everything in between.

Music Mix: Rock n' roll combined with blues, funk, reggae with covers and originals.

What you should know: This will be their first time introducing themselves to a larger Steamboat audience.

Kirk Martenson

9:05 p.m. solo acoustic

About: After living in Nashville, Boulder, Denver and then Steamboat, Martenson has made the transition from being part of a band to pursuing his own solo project.

Music Mix: Bluegrass, folk originals and covers

What you should know: Lookout for his hybrid finger-picking style. He uses a guitar pick and finger at the same time to strum his guitar. He said he learned this unusual and most times unheard of style, on his own and that it creates a fuller sound within the music.

There will be a suggested donation of $2 at the door. All proceeds from Yampapalooza are being donated to a young woman with an intellectual disability. She is traveling to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month and organizers and The Old Town Pub hope to cover 100-percent of the expenses for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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

2017 Yampapalooza Schedule

2 p.m. – Nick Hull

2:30 p.m. – El Kabong

4:05 p.m. – John Miller

(4:30 to 4:45 p.m. – Break for the Kentucky Derby race)

4:45 p.m. – Extra Mustard

6:20 p.m. – Ryan Fleming

6:45 p.m. – Four2Play

8:15 p.m. – Trevor G. Potter

8:40 p.m. – Cooking with Gas (first set)

9:05 p.m. – Kirk Martenson

9:30 p.m. – Sugarleaf

11:05 p.m. – Cooking with Gas (second set)

11:40 p.m. – Acutonic

If You Go…

What: 2017 Yampapalooza

When: 2 p.m. to close Saturday, May 06

Where: Old Town Pub & Grill, 600 Lincoln Ave.