Strings Music Festival gears up for 2018 summer season with 60 events |

Strings Music Festival gears up for 2018 summer season with 60 events

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Although summer may still be a daydream away, the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs is gearing up for its 31st season.

Strings released its 2018 lineup earlier this week with nearly 60 events, including 32 concerts at the Pavilion, free community events like Music on the Green and Yoga in the Strings Park as well as musical talks and performances around town.

"A lot of these musicians are playing in larger venues so to see them in a space that's only for 570 people you're not seeing someone who is far away at the Pepsi Center or Red Rocks, you're actually having a more intimate experience with them," said Kristine Kilbourne, Strings marketing director. "If there's a genre you like, even if you don't know the name – it's going to be an awesome show."

Since 1990, Strings has infused its summer festival, known as the Different Tempo series, with popular, contemporary music featuring bluegrass, country, blues, jazz and rock. This year’s line-up includes the Indigo Girls, Nnenna Freelon, Melissa Etheridge, David Crosby, Martin Sexton, BOSTYX and Don McLean.

In addition to the more famous performers, Kilbourne said to be on the look out for singer-songwriters and up-and-comers like Shovels & Rope, Andrew Bird and Amos Lee.

The Django Festival All-Stars and Rodrigo y Gabriela will perform hot jazz and Mexican guitar. The season will also include country performances by country baritone John Michael Montgomery and returning musicians Brent Rowan and Joe Nichols.

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"The half-priced classical show tickets offer a good way to have an introduction to classical music," Kilbourne said. "Every classical concert I've been to I learned something new. You're never going to have a bad time at one of those, and it's a good entry point for classical."

Under the leadership of music director Michael Sachs, the 12 classical season performances will feature the return of the Fourth of July show, a celebration of American dance music from the Ragtime Era to the Roaring ’20s with Loras John Schissel from the Library of Congress conducting and much more.

Music on the Green performances will feature local musicians such as Buffalo Commons, the Sweet Columbines and Rural Wreckage.

This year’s programing will also incorporate new venues like The BARley Colorado Craft and Draft and Brent Romick Arena. Other events include musical talks at the library and Strings on the Slopes.

"What we do at the Pavilion is at the core of our festival, but we also want to be out in the community to provide music services for everyone," Kilbourne said. "When planning this season, we thought about where to offer programming that will give access to perhaps people who may not be aware of Strings or who maybe can't come during the evening shows."

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 8. To view the full schedule of shows, visit

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2018 Strings Music Festival lineup

June 22: BOSTYX: Unplugged

June 23: Opening Night Orchestra

June 27: Cliburn Medalist Kenny Broberg

June 30: Celebrate America Vol. II

July 1: David Crosby and Friends

July 7: SHUFFLE Concert

July 8: Brent Rowan and Friends: Joe Nichols

July 11: Attacca Quartet

July 13: Nnenna Freelon

July 14: Alpin Hong: Chasing Chopin

July 15: John Michael Montgomery

July 18: Chamber Music Duos & Trios

July 20: Django Festival All-Stars

July 21: Haydn and His Students

July 25: Watercolors

July 27: Melissa Etheridge

July 28: Happy Feet!

July 29: Amos Lee

July 31: Jarabe Mexicano

August 1: Cello/Piano Recital

August 3: The Dustbowl Revival

August 4: Orchestra Finale

August 10: Shovels & Rope

August 14: Andrew Bird

August 17: Indigo Girls

August 19: Martin Sexton

August 22: Rodrigo y Gabriela

August 24: Don McLean and Pure Prairie League