Former resident back to rock out

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Key points Free Summer Concert Series: Aimee Bushong Band opens for Sonny Landreth 5:30 p.m. today Howelsen Hill Free

Aimee Bushong is praying for good weather. Since moving away from Steamboat Springs, she had come back twice in hopes of showing her old friends how much she has grown as a musician. The first time, she played at the Wolf Den and couldn't compete with a big-name act playing on the mountain. The second time, she played at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill the day after Halloween.

"The entire town was recovering from their hangover, and no one came," she said. "This time, the only thing that can go wrong is if it rains."

Bushong picked up the guitar for the first time in the mid-1990s while living in Steamboat. As soon as she could play a few chords, she started performing at weekly open mic nights. In summer 2001, she left for Denver.

"I was going to bust my (butt) and get into a band and make a CD," Bushong said.

Since then, she has put together a blues band that Jägermeister sponsors. She has recorded a CD and plays regularly in Denver, mostly at biker bars where her brand of get-down rock and blues party music is a hit.

"It's been a dream of mine to open up for a summer concert in Steamboat ever since I started playing," Bushong said. "It's exciting when your dream comes true."

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