Psychedelic folk band These United States plays Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Denver's Paper Bird opens the show. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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Psychedelic folk band These United States plays Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Denver's Paper Bird opens the show. Tickets are $5 at the door.

What to do in Steamboat this week, Jan. 1-7

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Friday

— ❱❱ Sam Ayer — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ First Friday Artwalk — Downtown Steamboat Springs, 5 to 8 p.m.

Stroll through downtown Steamboat and take in new art from local, regional and national artists at art galleries, restaurants, retailers and other venues. See page 4 of today’s Steamboat Today for a full listing of participating artists and events and for individual gallery contact information. FREE.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz pianist Paul Potyen plays solo piano in The Steamboat Grand lobby. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

❱❱ Legal Tender — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tom Schwall and Jeff Swoyer, of longtime local acoustic folk rock and country duo Legal Tender, provide happy-hour entertainment. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Organstein Jazz Trio — Three Peaks Grill, 7 to 10 p.m.

Local jazz musicians play a weekly set. FREE. Call 879-3399. 2165 Pine Grove Road.

❱❱ Country dancing — Shorty’s, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Shorty’s hosts free country line dancing each week. Call 736-2686. 107 Moffat Ave. in Oak Creek.

❱❱ Boozegrass, w/ String Board Theory — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Olympia, Wash., string quintet Boozegrass plays a staggering style of American roots music. Listen to a song by the band at www.exploresteamboat.com or www.steamboatpilot.com. Local jam rockers String Board Theory open the show; learn more about that band at www.exploresteamboat.com/bands/string-board-theory. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Local musician Trevor G. Potter plays acoustic Americana rock. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ DJ Also Starring — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Let the week go at Tap House’s Friday night dance party. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Kenny Perkins Band — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Kenny Perkins is a blues-influenced Americana singer-songwriter based in Broomfield. Listen to his music at www.myspace.com/kennyperkinsband. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

Saturday

❱❱ Dave Harlan — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz pianist Paul Potyen plays solo piano in The Steamboat Grand lobby. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

❱❱ Cosmic Night and free karaoke — Snow Bowl, 7 p.m.

FREE admission. The bowling alley also hosts “dollar bowling night,” with $1 games and $1 PBR, every Tuesday. Call 879-9840. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, off U.S. Highway 40 in west Steamboat.

❱❱ Steve Boynton Trio — Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 8 to 11 p.m.

Local musicians play jazz music. FREE. Call 879-2220. 2200 Village Inn Court.

❱❱ These United States, w/ Paper Bird — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

These United States is a critically acclaimed psychedelic folk band from the East. Listen to the group at www.myspace.com/theseunited. Paper Bird, a folk and Americana band from Denver, opens the show. Listen to a song by Paper Bird at www.exploresteamboat.com or www.steamboatpilot.com, and learn more about the band at www.myspace.com/paperbird. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ The Ben Kinky Band — The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Steamboat-based power rock trio The Ben Kinky Band delivers a high-energy show. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/benkinkyiii. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ Playstation “Rock Band” — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Play “Rock Band” on the Tap House stage, which will be lit up for this weekly event. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Kenny Perkins Band — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Kenny Perkins is a blues-influenced Americana singer-songwriter based in Broomfield. Listen to his music at www.myspace.com/kennyperkinsband. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

Sunday

❱❱ Paul Geppert — Steaming Bean Coffee, 9 to 11 a.m.

Paul Geppert is a local folk, bluegrass and acoustic musician who performs regularly with the groups Cornbread and 3Wire. FREE. Call 879-3393. 635 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz pianist Paul Potyen plays solo piano in The Steamboat Grand lobby. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

❱❱ Live trivia — Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 p.m.

Test your nonessential knowledge in four rounds of questions, with categories ranging sports, history, food, music and more. Free. Call 871-6277. 628 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Secret Stash Sunday — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Ghost Ranch Saloon’s occasional series of Sunday hip-hop and reggae shows features Mane Rok, Deejay Tense and DJ Curly One. Listen to Mane Rok, a hip-hop and Latin band, at www.myspace.com/manerok. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Kenny Perkins Band — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Kenny Perkins is a blues-influenced Americana singer-songwriter based in Broomfield. Listen to his music at www.myspace.com/kennyperkinsband. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

Monday

❱❱ 25th annual MusicFest at Steamboat — Steamboat mountain area, times vary through Thursday

Musicians from the Texas and Nashville, Tenn., alternative country scenes come to Steamboat Springs for this annual event. Tickets are sold with lodging packages and have been sold out for months. A free, public concert featuring Jack Ingram and Doug Moreland is at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in Gondola Square. A portion of the Knoll Parking Lot will be closed during the festival. Go to www.themusicfest.com for information about participating musicians, and check the Steamboat Today next week for a parking guide and other information related to the festival.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Acoustic open mic night — The Boathouse Pub, 7 p.m.

Local musicians Paul Geppert and Jay Roemer host an open mic night for acoustic music setups. This is a weekly event through the winter. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Tuesday

❱❱ Expressions of the Spirit — Fishcreek at Sundance Plaza, noon to 2 p.m.

Susan de Wardt leads a weekly journaling workshop. This week’s topic is “The Year in Review.” Cost is $20. Call 846-6562. 465 Anglers Drive, Suite 2C.

❱❱ Sam Ayer — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Local singer-songwriter Trevor G. Potter plays acoustic Americana music. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Wednesday

❱❱ Dave Harlan — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Live trivia — The Tap House Sports Grill, 6:30 p.m.

Answer questions on a variety of topics for a chance at Tap House gift cards. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Great American Taxi — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Great American Taxi is a rootsy Americana rock band featuring Vince Herman, of Leftover Salmon. The band has substantial songwriting chops that channel the Appalachian folk music spirit in a Rocky Mountain setting. Listen to a song by the band at www.exploresteam

boat.com or www.steamboatpilot.com, and learn more about the group at www.myspace.com/greatamericantaxi. Pay $10 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Danny Shafer — The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Recently separated from his Americana rock group Unknown Americans, Front Range musician Danny Shafer offers up roots-conscious, thoughtfully written songs in frequent visits to Steamboat. Listen to the songwriter at www.dannyshafer.com. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Thursday

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Writer’s Group — Depot Art Center, noon

Local writers gather for weekly readings of their work; visitors are welcome. FREE. Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Community Cinema: “Young@Heart” — Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 5:30 p.m.

“Young@Heart” is a documentary about a senior choir, with an average age of 81, that rocks out to tunes from James Brown to Coldplay. Bud Werner Memorial Library and Aging Well, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, present this screening of the acclaimed film. Tai Chi for Health, a low-impact exercise class, is at 5:30 p.m. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m. This event is part of the library’s Community Cinema series, which pairs new documentaries with activities by community organizations. FREE. Call 879-0240. 1289 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Jon Gibbs and Randy Kelley — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Local musicians provide happy hour entertainment. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Level II ballroom dance class — Northwest Ballet Studio, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

This six-week class with instructors Charles Horton and Polly Idol starts Thursday and runs through Feb. 11. It covers cha-cha, salsa, foxtrot and swing, and is for intermediate dancers. Dance shoes or socks are required; no street shoes or sharp heels will be allowed. The class costs $200 per couple for the six-week series; there is a $50 nonrefundable deposit; advance reservations only. Call Charles at 879-3712 or Polly at 846-4217 to make a reservation. 326 Oak St.

❱❱ Pottery wheel class — Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, 6 to 9 p.m.

Local ceramic artist Julie Anderson goes over basic pottery techniques in this class, including: centering the clay on the wheel, trimming, glazing and firing. The class cost is $250 for six weeks through Feb. 11, with a $60 materials fee. That price includes 25 pounds of clay, all firings, paints and glazes, and five day passes to the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym. Call 870-0384. 1280 13th St.

❱❱ Ghost Town Blues Band — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Three-piece blues act Ghost Town Blues Band comes from Memphis, Tenn., and features a gritty electric blues sound. Listen to a song by the band at www.exploresteamboat.com or www.steam

boatpilot.com, and learn more about the group at www.myspace.com/ghosttown

bluesband.com. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Sam Ayer — The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Local musician Sam Ayer gives a soulful force to his covers of rock, country, R&B and more. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ Karaoke — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Sing your heart out on the Tap House stage. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

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