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The Easy Peaces add history to music in concert today

Margaret Hair

— Before his band launches into a rendition of "Wooden Ships" by Stephen Stills and David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Paul Kantner, of Jeff­­er­­son Airplane, The Easy Pea­­ces frontman Kip Strean will tell a story that goes something like this:

"They were out on Crosby's boat one day, and they were writing this song, and it was basically a science fiction story," Strean said, noting that the song's lyrics make a little more sense within the science fiction context. The three writers each contributed to the song, which eventually became a 5-plus-minute-long album hit for Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jefferson Airplane.

Strean plans to offer a short story or history lesson before most songs in The Easy Peaces' set at 7 p.m. today at the Depot Art Center.

The concert is part of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Singer-Songwriter Series. Tick­ets are $5 at the door for Arts Council members and $10 for nonmembers. There will be a cash bar, and proceeds from tickets and drinks will go to the Arts Council, a nonprofit with many affiliate arts organizations in Routt County.

The Easy Peaces plan to do two sets of vocals-focused songs by staple 1960s music acts including Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, The Beatles, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Strean said.

Telling a story before each song will "give a little bit of a different slant on a gig" and give the show a concert hall vibe The Easy Peaces have been looking to get back to, Strean said. The band is Strean on vocals and guitar, Laura Lamun on vocals, Ed Dingledine on keyboards, Willie Samuelson on bass, and Dave Allen on drums.

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The Arts Council's Singer-Songwriter Series started in September with a CD release by local musician Chris Walsh and his band, Trouble or Nothing. Since then, the series has featured performances at the Depot by local groups including Yampa Valley Boys and Little Laura & the Nude Blues Band.

Arts Council president Kelly Anzalone said the response to the concert series venue at the Depot has been positive. Future concert dates for the series are still taking shape, he said.

If you go

What: The Easy Peaces, presented by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Singer-Songwriter Series

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Cost: $10 at the door; $5 for members of the Arts Council

Call: 879-9008

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