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Nicole Inglis: In like a lion, out with a bang

Events ramp up in March

Nicole Inglis

— Finally, we can collectively sigh with relief and brag to our friends back East.

It snowed.

And what perfect timing Mother Nature has because March is one long spring break in Steamboat. Visitors and residents will have a lot to look forward to on and off the mountain as local venues and organizations gear up for a busy month in entertainment.

Live music

Old Town Pub announced several weeks ago that String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth would be appearing with his band March 10. Ever the avid home-brewer, Hollingsworth will be bringing with him a few kegs of a craft beer he designed with Breckenridge Brewery. The first of those kegs will be free. I may need to repeat that: free beer.

Sweetwater Grill will bring back New Yorker's JAB, a unique live-tronic project comprising two keyboards and a drum kit, on March 23.

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The Tap House Sports Grill continues to dial up its live music lineup, expanding well beyond the DJ realm and offering nationally renowned bands the chance to play the intimate basement venue. On March 12, the one-man beat-boxing entertainment machine Heatbox will perform, and March 23, Minneapolis rap crew Doomtree will play with live-tronic band Signal Path opening.

■ The Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series kicks off with Band of Heathens on March 10 at the new permanent stage at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. And each Saturday after that, bands including See-I, ALO and New Monsoon will continue to rock the inaugural year of the stage.

■ This month, former local Billy Franklin returns from New Orleans for several shows, including two nights at The Tugboat Grill & Pub on March 23 and 24 featuring Holden Young.

■ The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra caps off its 20th anniversary year with a spring concert March 11 at Strings Music Pavilion. The ensemble takes on Brahms and will conclude with two triumphant "Star Wars" pieces.

Community events

■ For the philanthropic-minded, the Yampa Valley Autism Program's annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball is March 3. The event has grown into a can't-miss costume bash.

■ Members of Steamboat's Rotary clubs are out and about selling raffle tickets for the annual Tango & Cash fundraiser that takes place March 24 at Thunderhead Lodge. You don't have to be present at the event to win any of the $15,000 in cash prizes.

■ Another local performance group is also celebrating a big anniversary this year. A cast of more than 130 local men and women will take the stage for Steamboat Dance Theatre's 40th annual concert March 15 to 17.

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email

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