Steamboat musicians to play jazz, blues tribute show

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— Six Steamboat musicians will unleash their inner blues tonight in their performance of "Unexpected," a jazz and blues tribute show.

Jazz vocalist Liannne Mosser, guitarist Neil Marchman, stand-up bassist Tim Cunningham, drummer Kurt Wipperwurth, percussionist Tim Nichols and sax player Kenyon Brenner will perform. It will be Mosser's first show since moving to the Yampa Valley in 1992.

"Moving to Steamboat was definitely a change, but I knew I'd always have music in my life," Mosser said. "I finally have more time to dedicate and commit to this."

Mosser moved to Steamboat to marry a local ski instructor from Michigan. She began singing professionally at 16.

"I laugh because I have so many different influences," Mosser said. "I was studying classical jazz vocals in college, yet singing with a rock and roll band."

Heavily influenced by the Chicago blues scene, Mosser sang for more than 10 years in her home state. For tonight's show, Mosser and her band will focus on her background and play renditions of classical blues songs.

"We decided to bring together some older songs but added in new arrangements," Mosser said. "Once everything came together, it sounded fresh and really worked."

The show at Steamboat Mountain Theater begins at 5:30 p.m.

"It's early enough in the evening that people can start their night and go out afterwards," Mosser said, "or end their workday with some mellow music."

Mosser's accompanying band members play individual gigs regularly in town, but Mosser believes "Unexpected" is a rare chance for six locals to play together in concert.

"People think they have to go outside of town to bring in good caliber music," Mosser said. "Surprisingly, for a town of its size, Steamboat has a lot of talented musicians."

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