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Tricks and treats on tap for Steamboat Halloween events

Nicole Inglis

Steamboat's Keith Thibodeau, also known as El Doctor of the local punk rock band the Amputators, performs in New Hampshire. Coming off an East Coast tour, the local band is releasing its newest album at a Halloween-themed show Saturday at The Tap House Sports Grill.

— Halloween and local hard rock band the Amputators have two important things in common: tumult and a freeing sense of escapism.

So it's fitting that Amputators vocalist and harmonica player Keith Thibodeau said the annual Halloween concert is one the musicians look forward to every year.

"People get to step outside themselves, and it really shows in Steamboat," he said.

Coming off a two-week tour on the East Coast, the Amputators will celebrate the holiday early at 10 p.m. Saturday at The Tap House Sports Grill. The show costs $5 at the door.

For Thibodeau and the band — which comprises Pete Owen on drums, Wes Fout on guitar, Noah Laplante on bass and Mike Katz on guitar — it's a chance to shed the identity of their day jobs and play loud and fast in a dark basement room. But on this particular holiday, there will be an extra cause to go out and celebrate, as the Amputators will be releasing their new album, "…In the Land of Sin," on Saturday. The CD is available on iTunes and, and copies will be available at the show.

The new album includes the usual offensive lyrics and ear-rattling riffs, but Thibodeau said more time went into the final product.

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"I think we took a little longer writing these songs," he said. "There's a little more into them. They're a little more complex."

"…In the Land of Sin" is the band's debut album on Sailor Records out of Denver. Also on the record label is Denver band Low Gravity, who will be opening the Saturday concert.

"We're a Halloween band," Thibodeau said. "It's kind of traditional: We put on our bloody doctor amputator stuff. People expect us to play on Halloween. People in this town just love any excuse to get dressed up and go out and drink."

There's treat and tricks aplenty in Steamboat leading up to Halloween:

Live in Steamboat: The Amputators concert isn't the only one becoming a local tradition. String Board Theory plays its annual Halloween show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Old Town Pub, and Carl's Tavern's second annual costume party featuring the Old Town Pickers is at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

For the family: Fewer tricks and more treats are on hand for the children at several community events. Children are welcome to trick-or-treat at Hill Hall at Colorado Mountain College from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, and Lincoln Avenue will shut down for the masses from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday for the Downtown Halloween Stroll.

For a cause: Halloween is a popular choice to put the fun in fundraiser. The Screamboat Chamber of Horror is a haunted house running Saturday and Monday through Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College and benefits the school's Sky Club. The Steamboat Springs High School Drama Club is hosting a Halloween Extravaganza fundraiser Saturday afternoon at the high school, and the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts will be holding its annual Halloween Bash on Wednesday at Sweetwater Grill.

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