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Jeremy Buck to kick off Steamboat’s 1st SummerEndo festival

Nicole Inglis

Jeremy Buck, a baseball player turned singer-songwriter, will kick off SummerEndo festivities at 6 p.m. Friday at the base of Steamboat Ski Area with his solo looping act called BuckTronica.

— It was a line drive that changed the course of a young baseball player named Jeremy Buck. A scholarship player for the University of North Carolina, Buck had transferred to Purdue, where he was an all-Big Ten pitcher.

Then, his junior year, that line drive drilled his shin, which became infected and ultimately led to six surgeries in seven days.

He didn't lose his leg, nor did he lose his ambition, which simply changed course from baseball to music.

"It was a change of pace, a change of lifestyle, by it making me put other things in perspective," he said. "When you do the sports thing, you have to be very disciplined. It's very hard core, and you have an authoritarian leadership, a coach. You have no say.

"And then music … it's kind of like you can have a bad show here and there, but I’ve never felt like hurting myself physically after a show.

"It just brings people together.”

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Buck, who first played Steamboat Springs during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, returns to Ski Town USA this weekend for a free show at 6 p.m. Friday on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square.

The show kicks off a three-day festival at the base of Steamboat Ski Area celebrating the end of summer.

Throughout SummerEndo, as the new event is called, the Steamboat Bike Park will be 50 percent off.

There will be free concerts Friday, Saturday with Wise 100 Doors and Friends and Sunday with the Sean Patrick McGraw Band. There will be after parties all three evenings with music from Jesse Christensen and Jon Gibbs inside the Bear River Bar & Grill and a downhill bike race Sunday afternoon.

The weather forecast is sunny with highs in the 70s for the free concerts, which Los Angeles resident Buck is looking forward to.

First and foremost a songwriter, Buck has been playing with a rock ‘n’ roll band called Jeremy Buck and the Bang in Los Angeles since 2004. But he's had a solo gig on the side all long.

Recently, as it became harder to mobilize an entire band on a whim for a gig, he's taken his solo musicianship up a notch.

On Friday, he'll have a plethora of electronics surrounding him, from guitars and key-tars to keyboards and a looping machine.

"There's so many wires," he laughed.

BuckTronica, as the act is called, uses vocal effects, samples and live manipulation to put an edge on Buck's Midwestern roots.

"It's kind of like rock 'n' roll meets the electronic dance world," he said. "I'm having a blast. A lot of stuff I make up as I go because I can. It's a vehicle I've created. It's like a spaceship."

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SummerEndo schedule

View the full SummerEndo weekend schedule here.

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