Country music for college

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Brent Rowan and friends will return to the Strings Tent tonight for an evening of country music that will benefit college scholars.

For the third year, Rowan -- a guitarist and record producer in Nashville, Tenn., and part-time Steamboat Springs resident -- will perform a concert benefiting the Catamount Ranch & Club Scholarship Foundation.

¤ Strings in the Mountains: Brent Rowan, Lisa Shaffer and Jerry Salley ¤ 8 p.m. today ¤ Music Festival Park ¤ $25, benefits Catamount Ranch & Club Scholarship Foundation ¤ 871-9300

Joining Rowan will be Lisa Shaffer, an emerging artist who recently signed with Lyric Street Records and is preparing to release a record produced by Rowan.

Songwriter and artist Jerry Salley also will join the mix.

Catamount Ranch & Club started its scholarship fund last year to sponsor seasonal employees' post-high school educations, said Jim Miller, club manager and foundation president.

This year, the foundation decided to branch out, soliciting scholarship nominations from Steamboat Springs High School, Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club, Steamboat Golf Club and Haymaker Golf Course.

While funds donated by Catamount members and raised at Catamount events go toward that organization's applicants, Friday's concert proceeds will go toward students nominated by the other organizations.

Those candidates are from the Yampa Valley.

The foundation has given about $23,000 to scholars, Miller said.

Qualified candidates may be enrolled in a two- or four-year college, trade school or other type of post-secondary school.

All candidates receive something, said Miller, who hopes to see a good turnout Friday to keep the foundation's momentum.

"We had a great showing last year," he said.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at the Strings ticket office, the Catamount Golf Shop or Clubhouse office and all that Jazz.

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