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Local musicians to play Sunday at Chief Theater

Andy Bockelman

— With the first phase of renovations to its large performance space completed and tested with last week's "Cabaret 2013: Barely Legal," the Chief Theater is ready to launch its season of shows.

First up on the docket is this weekend's Locals Party, a gathering of local music acts starting at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 and are available at All That Jazz.

Taking the stage will be three musical acts hailing from Routt County: guitarist and singer Guerin Lewis, '80s tribute band All About Me and folk rock group House with a Yard.

Tamara Beland, executive director of the Chief, said her aim in assembling the night's entertainment was to find a well-rounded list of performers.

"We have a little bit of everything, and it should be a very eclectic and dynamic show," she said. "It's a very intimate setting to celebrate locals."

Lewis will start the night off with the strum of his acoustic guitar, taking his influence from Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson and John Mayer.

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"I do about 50-50 covers and original songs," he said. "People want to hear new stuff, but they also want to hear something they know and like."

The 17-year-old Steamboat Springs High School senior has played at school functions and several locations across town, but this will be his first time in a more traditional venue.

"I really want to be a good opener for the other bands playing," he said.

The voice of Nicci Curd will hearken the audience back to the days of acid-washed jeans, mullets and leg warmers with local favorite All About Me, a group that also includes Mike Kinnecom, Ernie Thiel and Mike Gould and has been big on the local scene since last year.

The third act of the night has just started to make its name known across Steamboat.

The members of House with a Yard, hailing from Oak Creek, include drummer Russ Duplessis, cellist Callie Bradley, guitarist and vocalist Davey Wallace and Ethan Adelsberger on the mandolin.

Wallace said he and Adelsberger, who also plays the guitar and the trumpet, played together for years while living in Pennsylvania before both relocated to Routt County within the past year. The newly formed quartet, which started to take shape in March, also had a fifth member, a violinist, who recently left the group. Wallace described their sound as "avant-garde."

"It's upbeat, almost like bluegrass but more like indie rock," he said. "We perform our own songs, and we'll throw in some covers, too. We're working on putting together a CD right now."

House with a Yard has performed at Old Town Pub and The Tugboat Grill & Pub and is scheduled to perform May 25 at Hahn's Peak Cafe and in June at Taste of South Routt.

"We're very excited to be playing at a place like the Chief with its new conversion," Wallace said. "We just want to give everyone a nonstop, rocking good time with a lot of foot stomping and a good backbeat."

To reach Andy Bockelman, call 970-871-4204 or email abockelman@ExploreSteamboat.com

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