Steamboat Springs On Oct. 31, 2010, Jeff Barlow, dressed as Jesus, peered out into the crowd at the Old Town Pub, where he saw superheroes, fairytale characters and ghouls.
He could only laugh in recollection as he talked Thursday about performing on Halloween with his local band, String Board Theory.
“It’s definitely one of the most fun, craziest nights of the whole year to play on,” Barlow said. “People like the Day of the Dead and like to party for it.”
With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, many local venues seem to have landed on Saturday night as the celebratory eve.
But String Board Theory will play a free show at the Ghost Ranch Saloon on the actual holiday, continuing what has come to be a tradition for the electro-funk rock band.
North Routt rock band Awkward Moment will play the Hahn’s Peak Cafe for free Monday night, as well.
While Barlow wouldn’t reveal his costume for this year, he is looking forward to seeing what local partygoers don for the evening of revelry.
“It’s the only day of the year you get to be someone else for a night,” he said. “Anything goes.”
He said the band will bring some Halloween-themed covers, older String Board songs and a few new tunes that have never before been played in Steamboat.
After extensive touring across the state and a few festival dates during the summer, Barlow said the band’s momentum has been snowballing.
Monday will be the first time in two months the quartet will play for its hometown crowd.
“Every show in Steamboat is a good one,” Barlow said.
The band, which formed almost four years ago with Barlow on bass, Jeff Hayes on drums and Tyler Kimball on guitar, has been hitting the road hard with the recent addition of Andrew Edmondson on guitar.
Also in the past year, Barlow said the band has added to its light show, which is an integral part of the String Board experience.
“We’re dance music, and the lights and the music combine to create a really great atmosphere and visual entertainment,” Barlow said.
Barlow also has been getting crowds moving with his solo DJ venture, and he plays a show Saturday night at The Boathouse Pub as DJ Jeraff, alongside Rich Allison, also known as DjMT.
Another Halloween tradition continues Saturday with Denver’s Dyrty Byrds playing the Old Town Pub. This annual Halloween bash will have a $5 cover, a costume party and rowdy Southern rock from the Pub regulars.
There are many other costume-party concerts to count at other entertainment venues across town this weekend. For the full listing, check out this week’s Routt County events calendar.
— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com