Steamboat Springs A fortuitous calendar lands New Year’s Eve on a Saturday night this year, meaning all three nights this weekend boast a full schedule of entertainment events.
Steamboat Ski Area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said the weekend will be one in which locals and visitors alike can revel in a variety of activities.
“I think when New Year’s falls on a weekend night it means people can really enjoy the holiday and get into the festive spirit,” she said. “There are so many opportunities to get into the fun ... you can pack everything in. You can see the torchlight parade, you can go see a concert, it’s just fun to celebrate in so many ways.”
On the last day of 2011, the fireworks and torchlight parade will be visible at Steamboat Ski Area from miles away. Starting at about 7 p.m., the instructors of the Steamboat Ski Area Ski and Snowboard School will snake down the mountain with glowing red torches, followed by a booming fireworks show.
“The torchlight parade, especially on New Year’s, is something that our locals really look forward to, and a lot of our guests make it a part of their tradition,” Kasten said.
The best viewing spots are from elevated areas of downtown Steamboat and in Gondola Square for a close-up view.
And after the finale, it’s time to let the Champagne flow.
Friday night, a new configuration of bluegrass musicians takes on Carl’s Tavern at about 9 p.m. Guitarist Jay Roemer leads the band of Jon Huge, Eric Baker and Chris Yarbrough, dubbed the Highland View.
Also Friday, the Old Town Pub hosts a special show from Colorado trancefusion rockers Yamn, their second-to-last show with keyboardist Ryan Ebarb before the band takes an indefinite break while they replace him. The cover for that show is $5.
New Year’s Eve
On the mountain, the Bear River Bar & Grill will host its annual comedy show along with music from Wise 100 Doors.
The Steamboat Grand hosts a dinner and cocktail party complete with a DJ and dancing into the 2012 hours.
The Tugboat Grill & Pub hosts Steamboat regulars Buckner Funken Jazz, an old-school funk rock band from Denver known for its dance parties. Tickets are $20.
Downtown, the Old Town Pub will showcase local bands in electro-jam rockers String Board Theory and the blues-rock duo Mountain Devils, who are making their first appearance after an injury to the guitar player. Rich Allison, or DjMT spins set break, and tickets for that show are $10 in advance and $12 on Saturday.
Sweetwater Grill and Carl’s Tavern are offering free music Saturday night. At Sweetwater, New Orleans’ Billy Franklin teams up with several local musicians for an evening of NOLA-style funk and rock. There will be live jazz at Carl’s followed by a DJ spinning at about 11:30 p.m.
Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill opens its doors to live music again with Boulder-based Salem for $10, and Hahn’s Peak Cafe in north Routt County hosts local bands Duckin’ Bullits and the Sound Scoundrels for $5.
Expect most venues to offer a sparkling wine toast at midnight.
New Year’s Day
On Sunday, Wise 100 Doors plays at Bear River throughout the day, and two local DJs will spin at the Tugboat late at night.
For more events, view the Routt County events calendar.
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com