Holiday weekend filled with musical acts in Steamboat Springs
May 23, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Memorial Day weekend means different things to different people, with some preferring to get out of town and others ready to relax during the three-day respite. But if you are planning to stay in Steamboat or are in town visiting, you won't be bored.
This weekend will be a prime opportunity to catch live music, with numerous locations across town offering up tunes Friday and Saturday nights. Besides the array of local bands performing at McKnight's Irish Pub & Loft on Friday and Saturday evening and the Chief Theater's Friday showcase of Texas acts the Wheeler Brothers and Suzanna Choffel, the weekend will start off with evening performances at Sweetwater Grill, Carl’s Tavern, The Tap House Sports Grill and Old Town Pub, all of which you might be able to take in during one night if you try hard enough.
Denver group Rowdy Shadehouse will stop at Sweetwater to get the crowd pumped up at 9 p.m. Friday with its high-adrenaline beats.
"I'd describe them as a 'super funk' band," Sweetwater owner Kim Haggarty said. "They've got more energy and craziness than any band I've ever seen."
Haggarty said exuberant frontman Jon Thursday particularly will strike a chord with the audience.
The night continues at 9:30 p.m. at Carl's Tavern, where New Orleans trio Mississippi Rail Co. will slow things down with its blend of blues, rock and bluegrass.
"They've got that Delta sound, and it should be cool to see them play since it's their first time in Steamboat," Carl's owner Colin Kelley said.
The last show of the night will offer yet another type of music with psychedelic rockers Max Pain and the Groovies, of Salt Lake City, entertaining the late crowd at 10:30 p.m. at The Tap House.
Saturday will offer a whole new slate of artists at the same locations, with Jaden Carlson Band, headed by its titular preteen guitarist, taking the stage at 8 p.m. at Sweetwater.
"Jaden is just amazing on that guitar, just a prodigy," Haggarty said.
Elsewhere, Pete Stein and the Black Tiger Fire Band will be at Carl's at 9:30 p.m.
Kelley said Stein, whom he described as sounding like Tom Petty with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen lyrics, is one of his favorite performers to book.
"He always puts on a great show, and I can't believe he doesn't have an album," Kelley said.
Finally, The Tap House and Old Town Pub will offer dual downtown performances at 10 p.m., with DJ Leprechaun spinning at Tap House and Drift at Old Town Pub.
OTP manager Sean Regan said Drift consists of a "collaboration of local artists doing bluegrass rock fusion" that he thinks residents will love.
And just in case that's not enough music for weekend warriors, Memorial Day itself also marks the beginning of Old Town Pub’s series of open mic nights.
"We've already got a lot of people ready for that, so it should be great," Regan said.
Find a complete list of weekend events here.
To reach Andy Bockelman, email abockelman@ExploreSteamboat.com