Free Summer Concert Series lineup
July 1: Hot Tuna (Missed the Boat opens)
July 14: 20th anniversary show with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
July 22: Freddy Jones Band
Aug. 13: G. Love and Special Sauce
Aug. 26: 3 Twins featuring members of the Subdudes
A song by the 3 Twins is available to stream at facebook.com/the3twins.
Steamboat Springs All five bands for the 20th year of the Free Summer Concert Series have been confirmed.
Concert Series officials announced Tuesday the addition of Philadelphia hip-hop, funk and soul band G. Love and Special Sauce for a Saturday night show Aug. 13.
The season closes with the 3 Twins, an eight-piece roots rock band featuring three members of Colorado’s own Subdudes.
The 3 Twins play Friday, Aug. 26, the same weekend that the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will stop in Steamboat Springs.
Concert Series board secretary Coleman Cook said the Twins will bring an element of Colorado music history to the wide range of artists this summer, which include Hot Tuna and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
The Subdudes have been around since the late 1980s in the Fort Collins scene, and the Twins have been playing together for almost 15 years with rare dates across the West.
“We thought with the bike race in town, a lot of people know the Subdudes and they’ve been big New Orleans Jazzfest attendees for many years,” Cook said. “It gives a good flavor of the Colorado music scene for the cyclists coming into town.”
The band includes Subdudes members John Magnie on accordion, Steve Amedee on percussion and Tim Cook on bass, along with a guitarist, female vocalist and a horn section.
But danceable grooves won’t belong just to the 3 Twins this summer: G. Love’s show two weeks before is sure to bring fans out in droves.
Garrett “G. Love” Dutton is the front man, emcee, harmonica player and guitar player for the quartet, which is going on its third decade on the road.
Known for their summery blues style, they’ve sustained a knack for hits from their first single, “Cold Beverage,” in 1994, through a collaboration with Jack Johnson on “Rodeo Clowns” in 1999, right up to their 2011 album, the grittier “Fixin’ to Die,” produced by the Avett Brothers.
“I think it’s a great lineup for a 20th anniversary, without a doubt,” Cook said. “From some blues and rock and with Hot Tuna to our 20th anniversary show with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, who are just killing it right now … it’ll resonate.”
Cook attributes the quality of this year’s acts to fresh blood on the board and a renewed zeal in fundraising more and larger donations.
The series upped its booking budget to $60,000 for this season and sold five VIP tents for $3,000 to $5,000.
Cook said there is already a waiting list for next year’s tents.
“I think we just managed to cover a lot of different genres that hopefully appeal to a wide variety of people,” Cook said. “The theme moving forward is ‘keeping it free.’ And we’re always looking for donations. We want to keep this going and keep improving our acts on a yearly basis.”
— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com