Jugglers, not clowns

New venue to host juggling, music show

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Steamboat Springs audiences will get a free taste of vaudeville Saturday night, when the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater hosts an evening of dazzling juggling interspersed with musical sets of jazz, funk and classic rock.

"Our goal is to produce a monthly vaudeville-style show with an eclectic mix of live music, juggling, dance and sketch comedy," said Scott Parker, a We're Not Clowns performer and co-owner of the new arts venue.

¤ We're Not Clowns Juggling and Jazz Variety Show

¤ 7 p.m. Saturday

¤ Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square

¤ Free

¤ The performance will include team juggling, a jazz funk trio, classic guitar rock and comedy videos

The We're Not Clowns juggling troupe will perform its first show in the new theater, and audiences can expect to see the daring fellows perform their "Glow in the Dark" routine. They also will juggle machetes and swords.

Just don't ask them to juggle machetes in the dark.

Versatile Steamboat musician Andy Pratt will lead his trio through a set of jazz, funk and blues during the show. He'll be joined on stage by bassist Willie Samuelson of the band Worried Men and Sun Dog drummer Ron Wheeler.

Pratt is adept at juggling musical personae. He plays drums for Afro dance groups, sings in the Columbine Chorale and plays French horn in the local chamber orchestra. He'll concentrate on keyboards this weekend.

Pratt has been music director and keyboardist for the sold-out Steamboat Springs Arts Council Cabaret shows the past three years. Pratt also has performed with the Strings in the Mountains youth touring program for four years.

His trio will back guitarist Kip Strean for a set of classic rock that's likely to resonate with the Woodstock generation.

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