Steamboat Free Concert Series Benefit
Live Music/Silent Auction/Drinks
$20 online, $25 at the Door
WHEELAND BROTHERS STEAMBOAT SPRINGS FREE SHOW
Enjoy free music as at the base area with the Wheeland Brothers, whose music has a sound which they describe as “beach rock reggae”; inspired by waves, hangin’ with friends, and dreaming of distant shores.
The Wheeland Brothers are two Southern Californian brothers who grew up in Orange County surfing, scarfing down hole-in-the wall Mexican food, and jamming around bonfires. Their music has a sound which they describe as “beach rock reggae”; inspired by waves, hangin’ with friends, and dreaming of distant shores. Fast forward to 2014 and they have played Firefly, Wakarusa, High Sierra and Summer Camp Music Festivals, have supported national acts such as but not limited to 311, Bob Marley’s legendary band The Wailers and Slightly Stoopid, are currently being spun on radio stations nationwide in addition to music choice on TV and have received commercial syncs with Forever 21 and Hollister Co. The only downside to their busy new schedule is having less time surfing their favorite secret spots. The waves will have to wait.
Visit the band’s website to learn more.
Close out the season with the Steamboat Pond Skim Competition, April 12th!
The Splashdown Pond Skimming Championships hits Steamboat once again for an 8th season on Closing Day – Sunday, April 12th! Wrapping up another epic season at Steamboat, this event has antics like you wouldn’t believe. The Splashdown Pond Skimming Championships brings brave (and slightly crazy) skiers and riders in costume with a dream – of crossing the icy pond successfully – and, if they’re lucky, with style!
- 9:30am-11:30am: Participants must check in at the Coca-Cola tent in Gondola Square or their spot will be released
- 1pm: Pond Skim begins, first come, first serve basis
- Award Ceremony will immediately follow the end of race
This one division event has skiers and riders, men and women, children and the elderly all competing head to head to be crowned The 2015 Splashdown Pond Skimming Champion. Skimmers will be judged on the following criteria: costume, distance, style, crowd response, and air!
Register for the Steamboat Pond Skim Competition
Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Event Check-In: Coca-Cola tent in Gondola Square between 9:30-11:30am
Time: Event starts at 1:00pm
Where: On Stampede trail at the Base of the Steamboat Ski Area
Eligibility: Open, Event Capacity is limited to 50 skimmers. No refunds or transfers once an entry is accepted.
Registration: Entry fee is $20, participants must check in on the day of the event between 9:30-11:30am, or their spot will be given to those competitors on the waiting list.
- You must bring your own skis or board depending on your watercraft preference.
- COSTUMES are highly encouraged.
- No full-figured powder skis permitted – waist maximum of 11.5cm.
- Any length of ski or board permitted.
- ABSOLUTELY no poles allowed on course.
- You must be at least 9 years or older to participate.
- No alcoholic beverages within the race arena – disqualification will be immediate.
There is only one division in The 2015 Splashdown Pond Skimming Championships. You must outdo all skiers and riders, men and women, children and the elderly if you are to be crowned the champion.
Overall scores will be based on the following criteria:
- Costume: 10-point scale
- Distance: 1 points for every 5 feet crossed & 10 points for all the way
- Style: 10-point scale
- Crowd Response: 10-point scale based on the noise meter and overall crowd reaction
- Air: 10-point scale
SMARTWOOL BELLY FLOP COMPETITION: A special SmartWool prize will also be awarded to the best belly flop.
Space is limited, click here to register.
First Friday Art Walk Steamboat Springs
Free self-guided tour of local art galleries, museums and alternative venues in downtown Steamboat Springs.
These businesses remain open the first Friday of every month for this favorite event of locals and visitors alike. Many offer changing exhibits, so there is something new to see each month. Free to the public, 5 to 8 p.m. Refreshments are served.
Monthly exhibition listings at steamboatartcenter.com.
Steamboat Springs First Friday Artwalk is a collaborative effort among local visual art venues with a mission to foster appreciation of the visual arts in Steamboat Springs and support the growth of the local art community. First Friday Artwalk is a self-guided walking tour of art exhibitions at member venues which is free to the public and held on the first Friday of every month from 5PM – 8PM. For further information, contact Linda Laughlin, [email protected]
April 3, 2015- 5 p – 8 – Show Openings
Downtown Steamboat – Free
Tour Maps at All Locations Below
FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK LISTINGS
ART GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
CIRCLE SEVEN FINE ART
1009 Lincoln Ave., 879-4744
will feature an ALL GALLERY SHOW. Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor paintings, Monotype on paper, Bronze, Mineral, Metal and Wood sculptures, Glass, Ceramics, Photography, Jewelry. Come enjoy good company and good friends.
MANGELSEN-IMAGES OF NATURE
730 Lincoln Ave., 871-1822
Experience the wonder of nature through the lens of Thomas D. Mangelsen. Celebrating 40 years and his newest book The Last Great Wild Places.
STEAMBOAT ART MUSEUM
807 Lincoln Ave., 870-1755
Steamboat Art Museum presents winter exhibits: Mark Thompson Retrospective, featuring award winning Colorado artist Mark Thompson who mastered techniques of the lost art of painting with egg tempera. The museum will display many of his egg tempera paintings and etchings. Also on display Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist. December 5, 2014 – April 11, 2015.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ARTS COUNCIL AT THE DEPOT
1001 13th St., 879-9008
Routt County Youth Art: This exhibition features a HUGE collection of artwork showcasing students in grades K-12 throughout Routt County. The annual Routt County Youth Art Show is a spectacle of visual art in a variety of mediums, presented by Steamboat Springs Art Council, opens with a family friendly reception.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS
837 Lincoln Ave., 846-5970
Come see new artworks and local photography by our 30+ local artist members, including new photography for spring by KAREN GORDON SCHULMAN, encaustic landscapes by CHERIE DUTY and endearing representational regional landscapes by oil painter, STEVE BOLANDER Complimentary wine and snacks. www.steamboatartcenter.com
WILD HORSE GALLERY
802 Lincoln Ave., 879-5515
Wild Horse Gallery will feature all of its Gallery artists for the end of the season Artwalk! For more information call 970-819-2850 or www.wildhorsegallery.com.
COLORADO GROUP REALTY
509 Lincoln Ave., 875-2917
Katherine Burke will be featuring a photo exhibition of her travels through Asia showing her explorations throughout the globe. She will be donating 10% of the proceeds from this show to The Forgotten International, an amazing organization that provides aid to impoverished women & children worldwide. www.nomadphotoescape.com
131 11th St., 879-4925
Three talents, three mediums. Beth Liggitt (Wyld Blue Studio) is a jewelry and glass artist who makes thoughtful, creative pieces that have soul. Glenna Clark/Olmsted presents a brilliantly colored oil, acrylic and watercolor collection of seasonal landscapes, European inspired oils and NEW acrylic work created in Bali! Mel Dow presents hand sewed, creative unique layering bands, worn around your hips.
911 Lincoln Ave., 879-1919
Todd Sowers: Crossing The Antarctic Circle -Come on a photographic journey around the Antarctic Peninsula with local nature photographer Todd Sowers. Images and HD video will be on display from Todd’s recent Antarctic expedition. Come see penguins, whales, icebergs and more!
NORTHWEST COLORADO CENTER FOR INDEPENDENCE
1306 Lincoln Avenue, Suite A, 871-4838
NorthWest Colorado Center for Independence is showcasing work by artists with unique skills born of creativity, realized from the challenges of living with disabilities. Our office at the northwest corner of 13th and Lincoln, at the end of the line, where it is never the end of the line.
912 Lincoln Avenue, 879-7427
Lake Tahoe artist Hailey M. Kreis uses concrete and photography to create both a natural and industrial body of work. Hailey applies an offbeat perspective of imagery to capture the essence of materials used.
THE CHIEF THEATER
813 Lincoln Ave., 720-425-0522
Winter brings many challenges to a painter who hesitates to venture out into the cold. To find inspiration, Carol Jean turned to the lights and ornaments strung on her ficus tree. Ultimately this inspiration took her places that were unexpected. Please enjoy Carol Jean’s new collection titled “Winter Radiance”. Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave., 5-8pm, FREE.
703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B101, 879-9169
URBANE presents “A Call for Local Artists”. Join us to view a fun mix of art made in or around the Yampa Valley. 5-8pm
The Steamboat Cardboard Classic is a traditional rite of spring celebrating over three decades of fun!
This event features homemade crafts constructed only from cardboard, glue, string, water based paint, duct tape and masking tape racing down the face of Headwall to a hysterical finish.
The uniqueness and creativity of this race make it a highlight of closing weekend year after year.
For more information visit the Steamboat Ski & Resort website.
The Infamous Stringdusters Steamboat Springs
Let It Go
Out April 1 on High Country Recordings
Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Be true and play your songs.
That encompasses the prevailing spirit of Let It Go, the fifth studio album from Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists The Infamous Stringdusters. The new effort, released April 1 on the band’s own High Country Recordings, finds the band on firm footing, at ease with an evolving sound that defies categorization. It’s acoustic music, sure, but not the kind you’ll hear from any other band. Roots can be traced but boundaries don’t exist.
The Infamous Stringdusters have proven they can both mine the past and look forward to the unknown, and their new album is a touchstone for a group of tightly bonded musicians completely comfortable with each other and their collective identity.
Perhaps the sentiment is best summarized through five joined voices in the mountaintop gospel-hued title track: “If it’s worry you’ve been feeling over things you can’t control, it’s time to let it go.”
When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Instrumental” (for “Magic No. 9″ from the 2010 album Things That Fly). Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.
But for the five members of The Stringdusters—Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass)—reverence for traditionalism has always been only part of the equation. The group has always remained intent on fostering something bigger, more original. It’s this desire—and the combined efforts of uniquely creative minds—that has brought the quintet to its current place as multi-dimensional string explorers, mixing tight song craft from a variety of musical styles with a flare for improvisation. Armed with an exhilarating, often-unpredictable live show, the open-minded approach has certainly resonated and allowed the band to easily fit on a diverse set of stages—from Telluride and Grey Fox to Bonnaroo and High Sierra—building crowds along the way that fill some of the country’s best rock clubs
The Lifestyle Experience
The past year was particularly transformative, as the band members realized there was no need to go through the formulaic motions in a shaky music industry. Bolstered by the support of a loyal and dedicated grassroots fan base, The Infamous Stringdusters are constantly looking for opportunities to create new experiences. Oftentimes it happens on stage, like the recent sit-ins from Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh or jazz guitar legend John Scofield. Other times it’s through accompanying adventures, like the band’s August 2013 trip on the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River.
Following the group’s 2013 summer American Rivers Tour, which doubled as an awareness campaign for water sustainability issues in partnership with prominent outdoor industry companies including Patagonia, Klean Kanteen and Osprey Packs, the band members and select fans and friends embarked on a six-day float trip through an unspoiled wilderness area. With instruments in tow, the band played music daily, standing on the banks of the river or sitting together in campsite circles. The inspiration of natural surroundings yielded fresh songs that landed on the new album. “Middlefork” is a newgrass instrumental that conveys the mood of being free in pristine open spaces. “Where The Rivers Run Cold” features a fast progression and introspective lyrics that peak with a bold chorus about enjoying the beauty that surrounds.
In The Studio
When it was time to record Let It Go, the band came together in the fall at White Star Sound, a secluded studio with rustic, close-knit accommodations and state-of-the-art equipment, located on a vast, historic farm outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s a quiet place, accessed by a dirt road, where chickens wander freely and long pastoral views can be enjoyed in every direction. With no distractions, it was the perfect place to distill an overflowing well of ideas that had been filling since the band’s last release, 2012’s Silver Sky.
The result is easily the band’s most cohesive musical statement to date. It’s a record that respects the studio process. Dynamic picking is delivered with restrained grace, in service to song. There’s stylistic range within the context of a unified vision, as melodic reflective tunes wander between nuanced expansive folk (“I’ll Get Away”), anthemic country jams (“Colorado”), freewheelin’ acoustic rock (“Peace of Mind” and “Light & Love”) and dusty balladry (“Rainbows”).
The members of The Infamous Stringdusters now all reside in different locations. Hall and Pandolfi recently felt the calling of the mountains and both moved to Colorado. Guitar ace Falco returned to his roots in Long Island to be near family, while Garrett remains in Nashville, where he’s known as a prolific songwriter. Book dwells quietly in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, near the site of the band’s annual October festival The Festy Experience.
Occasional separation has proven to be a good thing. It’s important to remember these are five musicians with unique individual talents, but they all realize they have an undeniably special chemistry when they come together. That was apparent from day one. But now after years of growth—both personal and professional—the band has cast off labels and found an existence where music is about a greater connection. Through friendship, democracy, skill, passion and open minds, it’s a broader lifestyle filled with community and plenty of celebration.
STEEL PULSE STEAMBOAT SPRINGS FREE CONCERT
Steel Pulse were one of Britain’s greatest reggae bands, rivaled only by Aswad in terms of creative and commercial success. Generally a protest-minded Rastafarian outfit, Steel Pulse started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music, and earned a substantial audience among white U.K. punks as well. Their 1978 debut,Handsworth Revolution, is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. As the ’80s wore on, slick synthesizers and elements of dance and urban R&B gradually crept into their sound, even as their subject matter stayed on the militant side. By the late ’80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and were working full-fledged crossover territory, but never reached the same degree of commercial acceptance as Aswad or Inner Circle. They subsequently returned to a tough-minded, rootsy sound that nonetheless made concessions to contemporary trends with touches of dancehall and hip-hop.
Steel Pulse were formed in 1975 in Birmingham, England, specifically the ghetto area of Handsworth. The founding members were schoolmates David Hinds (the primary songwriter as well as the lead singer and guitarist), Basil Gabbidon (guitar), and Ronnie “Stepper” McQueen (bass). All of them came from poor West Indian immigrant families, and none had much musical experience. They took some time to improve their technical proficiency, often on Rasta-slanted material by Bob Marley andBurning Spear. McQueen suggested the group name, after a racehorse, and they soon fleshed out the lineup with drummer Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett, keyboardist/vocalist Selwyn “Bumbo” Brown, percussionist/vocalist Alphonso “Fonso” Martin, and vocalist Michael Riley.
Steel Pulse initially had difficulty finding live gigs, as club owners were reluctant to give them a platform for their “subversive” Rastafarian politics. Luckily, the punk movement was opening up new avenues for music all over Britain, and also finding a spiritual kinship with protest reggae. Thus, the group wound up as an opening act for punk and new wave bands like the Clash, the Stranglers, Generation X, the Police, and XTC, and built a broad-based audience in the process. In keeping with the spirit of the times, Steel Pulse developed a theatrical stage show that leavened their social commentary with satirical humor; many of the members dressed in costumes that mocked traditional British archetypes (Riley was a vicar, McQueen a bowler-wearing aristocrat, Martin a coach footman, etc.). The band issued two singles — “Kibudu, Mansetta and Abuku” and “Nyah Love” — on small independent labels, then came to the attention of Island Records after opening for Burning Spear.
Steel Pulse‘s first single for Island was the classic “Ku Klux Klan,” which happened to lend itself well to the band’s highly visual, costume-heavy concerts. It appeared on their 1978 debut album, Handsworth Revolution, which was soon hailed as a classic of British reggae by many fans and critics, thanks to songs like the title track, “Macka Splaff,” “Prodigal Son,” and “Soldiers.” Riley departed before the follow-up, 1979’s Tribute to the Martyrs, which featured other key early singles in “Sound System” and “Babylon Makes the Rules,” and solidified the band’s reputation for uncompromising political ferocity. That reputation went out the window on 1980’s Caught You, a more pop-oriented set devoted to dance tracks and lovers rock. By that point,Steel Pulse were keen on trying to crack the American market, and went on tour over Island’s objections. Caught You was issued in the States as Reggae Fever, but failed to break the group, and they soon parted ways with Island.
Steel Pulse moved on to Elektra/Asylum, which released an LP version of their headlining set at the 1981 Reggae Sunsplash Festival. Their studio debut was 1982’s True Democracy, a generally acclaimed set that balanced bright, accessible production with a return to social consciousness. It became their first charting LP in America, making both the pop and R&B listings. The slicker follow-up, Earth Crisis, was released in 1984 and featured producer Jimmy “Senyah” Haynes subbing on guitar and bass for founding members Gabbidon and McQueen, both of whom were gone by the end of the recording sessions. They were replaced by guitarist Carlton Bryan and bassist Alvin Ewen for 1986’s Babylon the Bandit, another Haynes-produced effort that ranked as the group’s most polished, synth-centered record to date. Although it featured the powerful “Not King James Version” and won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, it sold poorly and alienated some of the band’s older fans; as a result, Elektra soon dropped them.
Steel Pulse resurfaced on MCA in 1988 with State of Emergency, their most explicitly crossover-oriented album yet. They also contributed the track “Can’t Stand It” to the soundtrack of Spike Lee‘s classic Do the Right Thing. In 1991, they released another heavily commercial album, the Grammy-nominated Victims, which featured the single “Taxi Driver.” Backing up the song’s views, Steel Pulse filed a class-action lawsuit against the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, charging that drivers discriminated against blacks and particularly Rastafarians. Founding member Fonso Martin left that year, reducing Steel Pulse to a core trio of Hinds, Nisbett, and Brown. Their backing band still featured Ewen and was elsewhere anchored by guitarist Clifford “Moonie” Pusey, keyboardist Sidney Mills, and drummer/percussionist Conrad Kelly.
The 1992 live album Rastafari Centennial marked the beginning of a return to the group’s musical roots, and earned another Grammy nomination. The following year, they performed at Bill Clinton’s inaugural celebration, the first reggae band to appear at such an event. 1994’s studio albumVex completed Steel Pulse‘s re-embrace of classic roots reggae, though it also nodded to contemporary dancehall with several guest toasters and a digital-flavored production. 1997’s Rage and Fury continued in a similar vein, and was nominated for a Grammy. In 1999, the group released another collection of live performances, Living Legacy.
BISCO INFERNO: THE DISCO BISUITS RED ROCKS
with Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, with Break Science
The Disco Biscuits perform 3 sets April 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with MICKEY HART & BILL KREUTZMANN of The Grateful Dead. All Ages welcome.
Uniting elements of electronic dance music with more traditional forms of American rock, the Disco Biscuits have long established themselves as one of the most exciting – and influential – touring bands in the country. In the late 90s, the band pioneered a unique style of music, often referred to as “trance-fusion,” that distinguished them from their peers, while heavily influencing an entire generation of younger “livetronica” acts.
It’s now been more than 10 years since guitarist Jon Gutwillig, bassist Marc Brownstein, keyboardist Aron Magner, and original drummer Sam Altman first formed the Disco Biscuits from within the ivy walls of the University of Pennsylvania. Since then (and with Allen Aucoin now on drums, following his victory at a Bisco firing squad drum-off at Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino in 2005), the band has repeatedly sold out many of the nation’s most prestigious venues and are a proven draw at U.S. festivals, earning key slots at majors such as Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Along the way, they’ve accumulated cover stories (Relix Magazine), accolades (Jammy Award for “Jam of the Year”), and hit videos (“Caterpillar;” MTV Latin America).
The Disco Biscuits’ live show has developed from a regional nightclub attraction to a full on American experience. As Brownstein explains, “There’s this deep, fun-loving community built around the band that’s a decade old and which extends throughout the entire country. When we go anywhere, there’s something else going on that’s not just about the band and the music, but it’s a part of a greater experience.”
Standard rock concerts have become formulaic showcases where bands support their latest album by performing new songs amidst a selection of greatest hits. The Disco Biscuits, on the other hand, use their shows to create an entirely new album every night, in front of a live audience. Gutwillig equates it to watching a painter craft an image from scratch, using just a palette and a muse. “It’s unlike buying the art, where it’s already painted,” he says. “It’s watching the paint getting thrown on the canvas in a frenzy. And we’re doing it with dance beats and we’re doing it with grooves and we’re trying to make it as exciting as possible. It’s almost like getting cars into a field with cameras and just shooting a high-speed chase right there on the spot. What we’re trying to do, for the observer, is to make the most awesome, exciting, high-speed chase that they could possibly watch. And we’re trying to do it in a way that makes everyone feel like they went there, they lived it, and they felt it deep inside. That’s our goal.”
At the end of each summer, the Disco Biscuits host the largest live electronica event of its kind in the country. Called “Camp Bisco,” the festival has featured electro superstars (Amon Tobin, Infected Mushroom), live bands (Umphrey’s McGee, Brazilian Girls), hip-hop acts (The Roots, Slick Rick), and even weekend-long games of “color wars” organized and run by the fans.
Beyond just making music, the band is involved in community & political outreach. Brownstein is a co-founder and co-chair of HeadCount, a non-profit voter registration organization that registered nearly 50,000 new voters at live concerts in 2004 and aims to register 200,000 additional voters for the 2008 election. In addition to the Disco Biscuits, HeadCount has received support and involvement from a number of top-tiered touring acts, including the Dave Matthews Band and Phil Lesh & Friends, while members of the Grateful Dead, moe., and Leftover Salmon sit on its board of directors.