Concert series plans get under way

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— Three bands are set for the Steamboat Springs summer concert series and a deal for a fourth one is close to being made. A fifth band has yet to be determined.

The annual free concerts that locals flock to in the summer will start July 12 with jam band Galactic playing a show at Howelsen Hill.

On Aug. 9, classic rock and jam band Little Feet will take the stage and folk-rock artist Michelle Shocked will come to Howelsen Aug. 23.

Joe Kboudi, summer concerts co-founder and committee member, said The Radiators are getting lined up to play July 25, but that deal is not yet final.

A fifth and final band or artist will perform for a late summer or early fall slot, but nothing is final on who that will be.

"We are going to wait and see who we can get," Kboudi said.

The number of bands in the free concert series is dependent on money. Kboudi said he and promoter John Waldman are looking for a balance of good music and a good price.

"We usually look for the best act for the money," he said.

Some summers there are more than five performances, but this season Kboudi said they might spend the leftover money to get one high-quality act.

"We try to make the series something that everyone in the community can enjoy," he said.

That means finding acts in different genres of music. This year the fifth band may be country, bluegrass or blues, because those types of music haven't been covered in the series. However, if a good act comes available that is similar to what is already scheduled, the committee may just pick it.

"It's kind of a crap shoot," Kboudi said.

It will probably be mid-June before the fifth act will be known.

This is the ninth summer locals have been treated to free music from national acts. The series originally was staged at the Routt County Courthouse yard, but it outgrew that spot. Now shows are at Howelsen Hill and at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Most summers the shows start in late June. But Kboudi said with the String Cheese Incident Fourth of July shows this year, officials thought it might be best to wait until mid-July to start the series.

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