Allstars headline free concert

Saturday show second in summer series


North Mississippi Allstars sounds like an electric version of the way I picture the South. They sound like boys playing on a porch in Mississippi, or, more accurately, like boys who used to play on the porch before years of tour dates and recording studios.

The guitar-driven, blues-based band has one foot in roots music and one foot in the ever popular jam scene.

They have a full schedule in the Rockies and up and down the East Coast with a stop Saturday afternoon in Steamboat Springs as the next show in the Summer Free Concert Series at Howelsen Hill.

Frontman Luther Dickinson's voice slides across the neck of his lapsteel guitar and the notes bend in behind him.

According to their Web site, Luther Dickinson and his brother and band mate, Cody Dickinson, have been playing music together since they were children, "before they could ride a bike."

They will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., following Boulder band Possum Logic.

The Free Concert Series committee chose North Mississippi Allstars, Joe Kboudi said, to appeal to a younger audience.

"We like the concert series to be diverse and varied," he said. "We've brought classic rock and blues and now we have this band that will be good for the younger crowd."

But the Free Concert Series is not only about music. It's about getting all corners of the community to come out into and open field to socialize and dance with the grasshoppers.

"This time of year, there are great sunsets," Kboudi said. "Sometimes I stand on the hill and look out over the whole scene. The sky is pink and I think, 'God. This is so perfect.'"

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