At a glance
■ Old Town Pub will have live music Fridays and Saturdays with open mic Mondays
■ Ghost Ranch Saloon will have country dancing Wednesdays, a DJ on Thursdays and two shows Friday and Saturday nights
■ The Tugboat Grill & Pub will continue music Friday and Saturday nights
■ The Boathouse Pub, Rex’s American Grill & Bar, and Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill will not have regular live music through the offseason
Steamboat Springs Locals might think of the next two months as just another offseason, but to local entertainment venue owners and managers, September, October and November show a lot more promise than their spring counterparts of April and May.
Venues such as Ghost Ranch Saloon, Old Town Pub, Sweetwater Grill and The Tugboat Grill & Pub will keep live music going throughout most weekends leading to ski season.
“In the fall, I think there’s something in the air where people are getting excited for ski season as the weather turns,” said Amy Garris, owner of Ghost Ranch Saloon, which is gearing up for its third winter. “They’re more apt to party; weekends through the fall have always been good. There are tourists here, but it’s mostly locals.”
Still, there are fewer options to choose from during the next two months and many seasonal entertainment options have gone by the wayside.
There is no more happy hour music at Rex’s American Grill & Bar, Sweetwater or Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill because those shows usually were outside. Strings Music Festival shows have come to a halt until the holidays, and the Free Summer Concert Series, farmers market and Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series also have wrapped up. The Boathouse Pub similarly has stopped hosting live music until ski season picks up.
But Kurt Vordermeier, Old Town Pub manager, said not much would change at his Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue bar. Expect music Fridays and Saturdays throughout the next two months, with a special show from the Futurebirds on Sept. 30 and a Dyrty Byrds Halloween show on Oct. 30.
“There are more people around in the fall,” he said, comparing it to the usual spring slow-down. “Plus you have people coming through town — the leaf-lookers and the hunters — that don’t care about skiing or anything, they just like to be here and not deal with the crowds.”
Old Town Pub also hosts open mic night with Jay Roemer on Mondays.
As for Ghost Ranch, Garris said the bar will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays and plans to cater to locals with Thursday night DJ shows. Friday sand Saturdays will have 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows with local and Colorado bands like Missed the Boat and the Nuns of Brixton.
In addition to live music, Ghost Ranch also is hosting ski movies with the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival in November. Country dancing continues every Wednesday.
Kim Haggarty, owner of Sweetwater, said the restaurant will transition from its live-music intensive summer schedule to Friday and Saturday night shows from 8 to 11 p.m. through October.
Daddio’s Bar & Grille in Milner and Tugboat also will have Friday and Saturday music schedules, as well.
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