Five bands set for concert series

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You come for the winters but you stay for the Free Summer Concert Series.

There's nothing better than meeting half of town in the field at the bottom of Howelsen Hill or at the base of Headwall for music and the best social atmosphere Steamboat Springs has to offer.

Five of the six bands for this year's Free Summer Concert Series have been chosen and a sixth is in the works, co-organizer Joe Kboudi said.

The lineup includes Sonia Dada on July 10, the South Austin Jug Band on July 30 and Galactic on Aug. 12. Little Feat and Delbert McClinton are scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

The sixth band will be scheduled for a concert at the end of June or between the two July concerts.

The bands were chosen to appeal to a wide variety of music lovers.

"The South Austin Jug Band is an up-and-coming bluegrass band, and we always like to (schedule) bluegrass, if we can," Kboudi said. "There are many, many bluegrass fans here in Steamboat. We could call it a bluegrass hotbed."

Galactic is for the younger listeners and the Labor Day concerts are two classic rock acts geared to bring people in from the Front Range and draw in the local audience.

In its 12th year, the Free Summer Concert Series started as a small gathering of music lovers on the courthouse lawn, but it has grown to an audience of thousands with the budget to bring in acts such as last year's lineup of Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Los Lobos.

The city of Steamboat Springs sponsors the series with $25,000. Other contributors are B&K Distributors, Steamboat Ski Corp., the Downtown Business Association and the Mountain Business Association.

The balance is made with individual donations and money made from concessions and beer sales.

"The concert series is pretty revered by the community," Kboudi said. "And it's always fun."

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