Freddy Jones Band plays at Howelsen Hill tonight as part of the Free Summer Concert Series. The roots rock band will take the stage at about 7 p.m. after local openers Missed the Boat.

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Freddy Jones Band plays at Howelsen Hill tonight as part of the Free Summer Concert Series. The roots rock band will take the stage at about 7 p.m. after local openers Missed the Boat.

Reunited Freddy Jones Band brings roots sound to free show

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"Contender" by Freddy Jones Band

If you go

What: Freddy Jones Band w/ opening act Missed the Boat, part of the 2009 Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series

When: 6 p.m. Missed the Boat, 7 p.m. Freddy Jones Band

Where: Howelsen Hill

Cost: Free

Call: 879-4422 for more information

— When the five musicians in Freddy Jones Band started playing shows in Chicago about 20 years ago, they stuck to covering the artists they knew and loved.

Songs by Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Allman Brothers, the Grateful Dead and the Eagles bolstered their sets. And as singer-guitarists Wayne Healy, Marty Lloyd and Rob Bonaccorsi, drummer Simon Horrocks and bassist Jim Bonaccorsi started writing their own songs, those classic American rock influences came through, Healy said during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.

"Those are your primary influences, and they were kind of shining through when we were writing and recording our records," he said. The band was on hiatus from 2000 to 2005 and, since reuniting, has retained its American roots rock sound.

At 7 p.m. today, Freddy Jones Band will take the stage at the bottom of Howelsen Hill as part of the 2009 Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series. Local bluegrass and folk rock band Missed the Boat opens the concert at 6 p.m.

This spring, Freddy Jones Band released its first studio record in 10 years. The band members are a little more mature than they were during their radio-play days in the mid- to late-'90s, and the new album - "Time Well Wasted," a collection of three new songs and 10 new live recordings of old tracks - reflects that, Healy said.

"It was more about the songs than it was everybody playing parts and being heard on the recordings. The song was kind of the most important part of the recording process, as opposed to everybody kind of playing their signature stuff, more or less," Healy said.

On past recording projects, band members would come to the studio with complete, ready-to-track songs. On "Time Well Wasted," the three original cuts were more collaborative, Healy said. The studio became an open forum to develop a song before it went on the record, he said.

The show that brought the band back together in 2005 was a charity event, and Healy said the group tries to donate part of its concert proceeds to charity organizations. With an all-original lineup, he said the group hopes to reinvent itself musically while it maintains the integrity of its original sound.

Food and drinks, including beer, are available for purchase at Free Summer Concert Series events; outside alcohol and dogs are not allowed. Walking or biking is encouraged, as parking downtown near the concert site is limited. Gates open at 5 p.m., activities start at 5:30 p.m., and music starts at 6 p.m. For more information about the series, visit www.steamboatfreeconcerts.com.

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