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Strings Music Festival: It’s been a wild ride

Ali Mignone/For Steamboat Today
Tickets are on sale for BOSTYX Unplugged featuring David Victor, formerly of Boston, at Strings Music Festival. The show is slated for 7 p.m. Sept. 9.
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Upcoming at Strings

Upcoming fall/winter events:

• 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 — Lake Street Dive (soul pop)

• Friday, Sept. 9 — BOSTYX Unplugged (acoustic hits of Boston and Styx)

• Friday, Oct. 14 — Todo Mundo (world music)

• Friday, Nove. 4 — Mandy Harvey (jazz)

• Thursday, Dec. 22 — Riders In The Sky (Christmas the Cowboy Way)

• Friday, Dec. 23 — The Science of Santa (holiday family show)

• March 3 — Broadway’s Next Hit Musical (improv musical comedy)

Tickets are available are at 970-879-5056 and stringsmusicfestival.com.

For the staff, volunteers and crew at Strings Music Festival, these past eight weeks have been like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in The Wind in the Willows — our own musical escapade to “nowhere in particular.” But as the Strings’ summer season winds down, many things in the pavilion are depleted: hospitality stocks of water and trail mix, every Sharpie marker, microphone batteries and much of this stage manager’s energy and brain capacity.

Upcoming at Strings

Upcoming fall/winter events:

• 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 — Lake Street Dive (soul pop)

• Friday, Sept. 9 — BOSTYX Unplugged (acoustic hits of Boston and Styx)

• Friday, Oct. 14 — Todo Mundo (world music)

• Friday, Nove. 4 — Mandy Harvey (jazz)

• Thursday, Dec. 22 — Riders In The Sky (Christmas the Cowboy Way)

• Friday, Dec. 23 — The Science of Santa (holiday family show)

• March 3 — Broadway’s Next Hit Musical (improv musical comedy)

Tickets are available are at 970-879-5056 and stringsmusicfestival.com.

I have come to understand there is a natural progression for any season-oriented undertaking. The stages are as follows.

• Game on — fully stocked and raring to go.

• Oops, oh yeah — early season overconfidence, relearning last season’s forgotten lessons.

• The groove — mid-season smooth sailing, stuff is getting done, people are getting along

• We can do this — final stretch re-energizing, psyche up for the finish, buy more Band-Aids

• It’s not over yet? — bleary-eyed-ness and the inability to form complete sentences, even though there’s work yet to be done

Personally, I am smack-dab in the middle of the final stage, so the remainder of this column will be about me counting things and forgetting to put in proper punctuation (with apologies to the Steamboat Today’s copy editors for the extra work).

A distillation of Strings’ 29th summer season:

• 12,815 seats sold

• 107 classical musicians

• 95 hours of classical rehearsal

• 79 community volunteers

• 60 pots of (terrible) coffee

• 46 guild members

• 45 Different Tempo artists

• 30 performances at the pavilion

• Eight free shows at the Botanic Park

• Four rolls of black gaff tape

• One hard-working technical crew and management team

• And finally, an infinite number of music stand and orchestra chair moves

Our crazy, eight-week musical adventure has brought us from Clint Black to Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush to Tommy Emmanuel and all the way to Vienna in 1800. And now, we exit the summer season ride a little breathless, somewhat windblown and ready to prop our slippered feet up on the fender and proclaim it a jolly good time, indeed.

Ali Mignone stage manages for Strings Music Festival, among other things. When she’s not telling roadies and musicians what to do, you can find her hiking, biking or skiing around the Yampa Valley and blogging at thequirkyquill.com.


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