Cristin Frey: Paper Bird, Kenny Loggins highlight this week’s Strings schedule |

Cristin Frey: Paper Bird, Kenny Loggins highlight this week’s Strings schedule

Cristin Frey/For the Steamboat Pilot & Today

— There was a time in my life when I knew everything there was to know about music, or so I thought.

I lived above the Fox Theatre in Boulder and invested in a blacklight stamp so I could sneak into the concerts on my nonexistent college budget. I headed out on tour with bands with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in my pocket instead of dollars. (You would be surprised how far that can get you in the festival world.) I even interned at a local radio station. But this was before Pandora and Spotify, before social media and before Bonnaroo changed the festival circuit forever.

Barriers that used to contain music have broken down, and the floodgates are wide open for amazing, new talent to be heard.

Recently, I attended a Paper Bird performance in Denver at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, a ballet performance with Ballet Nouveau Colorado for which they had written the score. It was a sold-out house full of hip 20-somethings dressed in their thrift store best. The crowd intrigued me. They were silent as they watched the art onstage, every movement, every velvety harmony taken in. This is a new generation that has no barriers or limits when it comes to creativity and collaborations, and its expectations are high. It's obvious that Paper Bird exceeded all of them, and it all makes sense why this young group has created a cult-like following. If this crowd is any indication of this band's future, they are going to be big. You can see Paper Bird at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Strings Music Pavilion.

Also in the lineup this week at Strings is world-class pianist David Deveau on Wednesday night. He has collaborated with some of the best conductors in the world, made two solo tours of China and has given master classes at Harvard and Dartmouth music schools, just to name a few of his accomplishments. He will be joined by the Tesla Quartet, a young group of award-winning musicians from The Juilliard School that most recently won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Friday night welcomes rock legend Kenny Loggins. You might recognize him from his smash-hit theme songs for the classic movies “Caddyshack,” “Footloose” and “Top Gun.” However, he continues to have hit songs decade after decade and most recently has joined forces with the Blue Sky Riders.

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Cristin Frey is the marketing director for Strings Music Festival.

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