Dub group Easy Star All-Stars opens the 11th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series at 3 p.m. March 13 in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area. The band is known for its reggae re-imaginings of classic albums.

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Dub group Easy Star All-Stars opens the 11th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series at 3 p.m. March 13 in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area. The band is known for its reggae re-imaginings of classic albums.

Acts announced for Steamboat Ski Area concert series

Lineup features reggae, hip-hop and more

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Concert series schedule

March 13: Easy Star All-Stars

March 20: Lyrics Born

March 27: The Pimps of Joytime

April 3: The Dirty Heads

April 11: Donavon Frankenreiter

All concerts start at 3 p.m. in Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Admission is free and open to all ages. Call 879-6111 or go here for more information.

Easy Star All-Stars, "Karma Police"


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Lyrics Born, "Whispers"


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The Pimps of Joytime, "Workin All the Time"


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The Dirty Heads, "Stand Tall"


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Donavon Frankenreiter, "Life, Love & Laughter"


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— The lineup for the 2010 Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series is set, with reggae, rock, hip-hop and soul styles featured in five concerts at Steamboat Ski Area running March 13 through April 11.

John Waldman, of locally based production company Great Knight Productions, books the series. This year’s lineup meets his qualifications for providing a blend of musical styles that can appeal to a variety of tastes and age demographics.

“It’s diverse; that’s the biggest thing,” Waldman said. “Every year, you’re trying to look for the best available acts, but you also want the best variety you can get.”

Reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars starts the series at 3 p.m. March 13 in Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The band is best known for its dub renditions of classic albums, putting its touch on songs originally recorded by Pink Floyd, Radiohead and The Beatles with its “Dub Side of the Moon,” “Radiodread” and “Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band.” Learn more about the group at www.easystar.com.

On March 20, hip-hop artist Lyr­ics Born will take the stage with a full band, providing a seamless connection between creative rhymes and groove-oriented, funk-thick production. Lyrics Born most recently appeared in Steamboat for a Ghost Ranch Saloon show in July. Learn more about him at www.myspace.com/lyricsborn.

Falling into a niche that’s somewhere between a Prince song, 1990s party rap and 1970s soul, The Pimps of Joytime craft dance music with a sense of humor and boundless energy. The band opened for The Greyboy Allstars during the 2009 Steamboat Springs Free Sum­mer Concert Series and plays March 27 in Gond­ola Square. Learn more at www.myspace.com/pimpsofjoytime.

Reggae roots provide a platter to pile bits of hip-hop, pop-rock, lush orchestration and skater attitude for California-based band The Dirty Heads, playing April 3. Learn more about the five-piece band at www.dirtyheads.com.

Closing the series on April 11, during the ski area’s third annual “Springalicious” season-ending festival, pop-conscious singer-songwriter Donavon Frank­en­reiter will share his honest-minded and soul-steeped original songs. With his infectious melodies and this-will-make-you-feel-better lyrics, Fran­k­en­­reiter falls into a sound similar to his friend and noted mentor, Jack Johnson. Learn more at www.myspace.com/donavonfrankenreiter.

Springalicious starts the closing weekend with official events including the 30th annual SmartWool Cardboard Classic on April 10 and the third annual Splashdown Pond Skim on April 11. Go to www.steamboat.com for more information.

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