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SSWSC Foundation’s fifth annual Stars at Night fundraising gala to take place Tuesday

Guests enjoy the commentary during the live auction at the Stars at Night Gala fundraiser.
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What: Stars at Night SSWSC Foundation’s annual fundraising gala

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29

Where: Korbel Ballroom, Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

— Drawing on inspiration stemming from their New Orleans roots, The Subdudes are known for their signature harmonies and musical blend of blues, gospel, funk and R&B.

On Tuesday, the group will once again be in Steamboat for the Fifth annual Stars at Night event to showcase their acoustic harmonies, rocking ballads and mesmerizing on-stage charisma.

An evening of elegant dining, dancing and a live auction to benefit the athletes of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, the SSWSC Foundation’s annual fundraising gala will begin at 6 p.m. in the Korbel Ballroom at the Steamboat Grand.



If You Go…

What: Stars at Night SSWSC Foundation’s annual fundraising gala

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29



Where: Korbel Ballroom, Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

There will also be an opportunity to mingle with Olympians, SSWSC alumni, coaches and community members who hope to collaborate in support of the organization’s shared vision, “Creating Champions, On and Off the Mountain.”

“It’s an extraordinary gathering of people who share a belief in the value of positive youth development and impacting the lives of kids in our community and beyond,” said Lane Malone, director of development for the SSWSC and the SSWSC Foundation. “It’s an event that has a blend of philanthropy, giving from the heart and just plain fun.”

Malone said the event will feature a new SSWSC video to showcase the organization and the impact it has. It has been about three years since the last video was created for the club.

The entertainment portion of the event, Malone said, has continued to introduce new acts, as well as popular groups such as The Subdudes.

“I think they have a really unique blend of New Orleans culture and music scene, along with Colorado, because they have roots in both places,” said Malone, who first encountered the group in the late 1980s. “I love their harmonies and the great storytelling that is in their music. They have really compelling rhythms, and I dare you to not want to get up and dance.”

Led by singer and guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist John Magnie, The Subdudes was founded in 1987 under the original name, the Continental Drifters. After a brief hiatus in 1996, a few members of the group reunited in 2002.

“I think our songwriting makes us more unique, because we like to mix up with great dance music ballads to songs following a story instead,” said Tim Cook, percussionist, bass player and vocalist for The Subdudes. “Singing is a big part of our music, too, with the four-part harmonies based on us having been brought up with that old country, soul and gospel music background. It just naturally became part of our sound.”

Not only has the group continued to evolve over the years — consistently touring and releasing albums — they’ve also developed a unique and up-close-and-personal component to a few of their concerts.

“One time, we tried going out into the crowd to sing, just for the heck of it,” Cook said. “I think the magic of that was going out within that crowd of people, being a part of their experience, and to have them circle around us, and the music was just magic. I think people appreciate that and hearing songs sung in that way.”

Cook said the last time the group was in Steamboat was in 2008, but they always love coming back to the town that’s home to many faithful followers.

“We’ve never had a bad gig in Steamboat and remember it always being a lot of fun,” Cook said. “We are just really looking forward to coming back to Steamboat, especially to play a benefit show that’s for a good cause.”

Tickets for the Stars at Night event are $175 and can be reserved online at sswscstarsatnight.com. Tables can also be reserved.

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


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