Steamboat Springs Mud season has the potential of being a boring time in Steamboat Springs for some people.
Yes, the crowds are gone, seats open up at breakfast places more quickly and life is genuinely less hectic. However, for those who live for live music, mud season sometimes doesn't offer many opportunities.
But not this time. The three main music venues in town will provide something to do probably every weekend up until ski season starts Nov. 27.
At the Wolf Den Tavern, owner Alex Wolf is working a deal to have the local bluegrass band The Brewglass Boys to play every Friday night. On Saturday, bands including Om Trio, Sonar and locals the Earthtones will come into town to keep things interesting. Jam night will be on Wednesdays and DJs will be spinning on various days of the week.
"We hope to keep something going on every weekend," Wolf said.
The same is true for the Tugboat. The bar will be open all through October and most of November, with live music on the weekends. The bar will be closed during the first week of November for cleaning, but it reopen for the remainder of the month. Next Friday, reggae artist Djate will play at the Tugboat.
Julian Farmer, who books the bands for the Tugboat, said the fall depletion of tourism isn't enough to close the bar unlike the spring.
"The mountain is just ridiculously dead then," he said.
Chad Gagliano, owner of Levelz, will try to bring a few shows to town during mud season as well. There will be a Tipsy Taxi benefit with local bands playing at Levelz, as well as a possibility for a few other shows.
Next weekend, Levelz will hold another Fight Night amateur boxing competition in the bar. This time, one of the events includes a sumo wrestling competition, where participants dress in heavy sumo outfits and push each other around.
"I talked to some people in Vail (who had the event) and they said they had so much fun," Gagliano said. He also has a bid out to bring a KISS cover band called Hotter than Hell to play on Halloween.
For those with different tastes, Strings in the Mountains is bringing the Vienna Choir Boys to town. The show is at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Steamboat Springs High School. It features the choir, which has been in existence for 500 years, singing a selection of music ranging from the 16th century to the present. For more information call 879-5056, ext. 105.