Fundraiser for Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series on Friday |

Fundraiser for Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series on Friday

Luke Graham

Arion Schweikert twirls a hula hoop in 2010 as she watched the Free Summer Concert Series event at Howelsen Hill.

— The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series serves multiple purposes.

It's a haven for music lovers looking for bigger acts. It's a meet-up spot for old friends and a refuge for socializing.

But it all comes with a cost, and on Friday the Concert Series hopes to raise money to keep it free.

The Chief Theater will host a Free Summer Concert Series Fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Three bands will play, and the schedule for this year’s series will be announced.

Organizers have four acts lined up and a fifth date open. They currently are in negotiations with a fifth act.

"It's two up-and-comers and two headliners," said Coleman Cook, the president of the Free Summer Concert Series board of directors. "One has a Grammy award appearance."

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Tickets are $20 in advance. They can be purchased at All That Jazz or online at Tickets will be $25 at the door.

"It's such a big event for Steamboat locals and guests alike," Cook said. "The fan base grows every year. We want it to continue and grow."

The bands that will play throughout the evening include the Brian Smith Band at 7 p.m., All About Me at 8:30 p.m., and Wish You Were Pink will go on at 10 p.m.

The fundraiser also will have a silent auction. The auction will go until about 9:30 p.m. and will feature gift certificates from businesses across town.

Tickets to shows, SmartWool gear, ski passes and stand-up paddleboards also will be among the silent auction items.

In addition, there will be a cash bar. Those proceeds will be split between the concert series and the Chief Theater.

Cook said the this year's lineup is on par with last year's lineup, which featured Dumpstaphunk, Sam Bush Band, Drive-By Truckers, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Vintage Trouble.

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