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WAR to round out Steamboat’s Free Summer Concert Series

Nicole Inglis

WAR is the sixth and final Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series show announcement for the event's 21st season. The Latin-funk band gained notoriety in the 1970s for hits like "Low Rider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?"

— If 2,000 flashing neon glow sticks at Howelsen Hill on Wednesday night weren't enough to convince skeptics that the Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series is aiming high this year, the 21-year-old summer event announced Thursday that 1970s hit-makers WAR will appear in Steamboat next month.

The band behind "Low Rider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends" will play Aug. 10 at Howelsen Hill and is the sixth act announced for the Free Summer Concert Series.

"WAR is a good representation of what we're trying this year, which is to really kind of make it as diverse as we can to reach out to all of our fans," concert series board member Coleman Cook said. "I think WAR really kind of pulled that all together."

The loss of this year's Fourth of July fireworks because of high fire danger spurred the series to team up with the city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association to produce Wednesday's 1964 … The Tribute concert.

The few raindrops falling from the sky didn't prevent more than 3,000 people from turning out for the late-evening concert and waving their free "Keepin' It Free" glow sticks along to the performance of the Beatles tribute band.

"I was amazed when I came down," Cook said. "I was blown away by the crowds. I think everyone kind of quickly forgot about fireworks.

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"I think it was a great collective effort between the city and the Chamber and ourselves and pulling together a great community event."

Because the funds for the show came out of the city's fireworks budget, the concert series is able to produce six full shows this year instead of the usual five.

The series continues July 13 with Trampled by Turtles at Howelsen Hill. Zach Heckendorf and The Samples will play at the base of Steamboat Ski Area on July 21. After the WAR performance, MarchFourth Marching Band will close out the series Aug. 17 at Howelsen Hill.

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

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