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Steamboat’s Strings Music Festival announces winter lineup

Nicole Inglis

Grammy-nominated blues musician Marcia Ball will return to the Strings Music Pavilion for a Valentine's Day show as a part of Strings Music Festival's winter concert series. Tickets are $39 and go on sale Nov. 7.

Strings Music Festival schedule

Nov. 13 American Place Theater performs "The Things They Carried," $18/$10 students, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 20 Jim Gamble Puppet Productions presents "Peter and the Wolf," $10/$3 children, 5 p.m.

Dec. 21 Michael Kaeshammer, $48/$25 juniors, 7 p.m.

Feb. 14 Marcia Ball, $39, 7:30 p.m.

March 15 The Fighting Jamesons, $25, 8 p.m.

Date to be announced Sam Bush & Del McCoury acoustic duo, $45

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— There's more than one way to get that warm fuzzy feeling during the holidays, and Strings Music Festival offers another chance with a winter lineup of internationally acclaimed musicians:

Take a break from decorating the tree for the toe-tapping jazz of Michael Kaeshammer on Dec. 21.

For Valentine's Day, cuddle up to a special someone to the silky smooth voice of Grammy-nominated blues musician Marcia Ball.

Or, instead of dressing up like a leprechaun and heading to the bars on the weekend of St. Patrick's Day, have a pint of Guinness while listening to the powerful Celtic rock of The Fighting Jamesons on March 15.

"One of the things we've found is that people in Steamboat love an occasion to go out on the holidays," said Betse Grassby, Strings Music Festival's director of operations and non-classical programming. The music festival, in its 20th year, immersed fully into the holiday theme last winter by adding shows for the first time on Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day.

"In doing the holidays, it was successful. It's a fun way to celebrate," Grassby said.

For the December holidays, there also will be a children's puppet performance of "Peter and the Wolf" on Dec. 20, with $3 children's tickets.

"I'm looking for what I think will be very high quality, or fun and entertaining," Grassby said about booking the winter lineup. "Marcia Ball's that. Micahel Kaeshammer, he's one of the favorites. He's a brilliant musician. He's a remarkable, high-energy entertainer. He goes between poignant and just really fun."

Grassby said The Fighting Jamesons were one of the most popular acts at the Colorado Irish Festival this summer. "It's been called Celtic on steroids," she said. "It's really Irish songs, it's a sing-along.”

The week after St. Patty's Day, there will be another special end-of-season treat. Strings will present an acoustic duo of bluegrass legends Sam Bush and Del McCoury on either Wednesday or Friday of the week following St. Patty's Day. Tickets start at $45.

All winter tickets will be on sale Nov. 7 by calling 970-879-5056 or online at http://www.stringsmusicfestival.com. A new online ticketing system launching next week will allow concertgoers to select their seats online.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

Strings Music Festival schedule

Nov. 13 American Place Theater performs “The Things They Carried,” $18/$10 students, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 20 Jim Gamble Puppet Productions presents “Peter and the Wolf,” $10/$3 children, 5 p.m.

Dec. 21 Michael Kaeshammer, $48/$25 juniors, 7 p.m.

Feb. 14 Marcia Ball, $39, 7:30 p.m.

March 15 The Fighting Jamesons, $25, 8 p.m.

Date to be announced Sam Bush & Del McCoury acoustic duo, $45

Tickets

Tickets go on sale Nov. 7 at http://www.stringsmusicfestival.com or by phone at 970-879-5056.

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