Steamboat Summer Concert Series announced |

Steamboat Summer Concert Series announced

The Infamous Stringdusters close out the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series on Aug. 8.

— The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series includes a New Orleans band fresh off a Grammy performance, two up-and-coming acts and a top bluegrass act.

The series, which begins June 21, was announced Friday at the Chief Theater during a fundraiser for the series.

Trombone Shorty, which played with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Grammy Awards, opens the series June 21.

Austin-based band Uncle Lucius plays July 18, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers play July 26 and the Infamous String Dusters close the series Aug. 8. All of the shows will take place at Howelsen Hill.

Coleman Cook, the president of the Free Summer Concert Series board of directors, said they have a fifth act lined up for the July 5 show but cannot announce it until the musician finishes a show at Red Rocks.

"That show will be a driver to bring people to Steamboat," Cook said. "That's what that weekend is all about. There is the parade, rodeo and fireworks. It gives everyone something to do for that holiday weekend."

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Trombone Shorty has played several times in Steamboat in the past, the trombone and trumpet player brings a unique style to his New Orleans rooted music.

Rock band Uncle Lucius is familiar with Steamboat having played at this year's Texas Music Week.

Nikki Bluhm and the Gramblers are a soulful rock and country band. The band has gained notoriety from its YouTube "Van Sessions." The band covers classic hits while sitting in a van between gigs.

The Infamous String Dusters have been one of the most consistent bluegrass bands for years. The band's latest album, "Let It Go," will be released Tuesday.

"We want to turn Steamboat onto some new and up-and-coming music," Cook said. "We're absolutely thrilled with the lineup. We think it reaches out to a good cross section of our fans."

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Free Summer Concert Series dates

June 21: Trombone Shorty

July 5: TBA

July 18: Uncle Lucius

July 26: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Aug. 8: Infamous Stringdusters

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