Steamboat Springs Those who do not have a ticket to the sold-out Steamboat MusicFest will be able to take in four free concerts beginning next weekend at the Steamboat Stage.
The ticketed and free MusicFest concerts begin Jan. 5.
Event promoter John Dickson said Thursday that after hearing about the ski conditions, they especially are looking forward to coming to Steamboat again this year.
The festival continues to grow in size, and this year, more than 5,000 people will attend the event. The addition of what Dickson described as a low-key venue at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort made room for about 300 more people at this year’s festival. Last year, the festival also increased its numbers by about 300.
The six-day event brings in more than 70 American bands and artists, many of which are rooted in Texas.
“We’re just thankful to be able to put on some of the top local acts,” Dickson said.
The artists will play more than 120 performances with music styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and Western swing. The bands play at various locations including a giant tent, The Steamboat Grand and at Thunderhead. In all, there is more than 150 hours of live music.
“It’s just four solid days of music out there,” Dickson said.
Two bands will perform at each of the free concerts at the Steamboat Stage.
Jack Ingram and Bri Bagwell will play Jan. 5; Cody Johnson and the Rockin’ CJB and Shinyribs on Jan. 6; Los Texmaniacs and Dirty River Boys on Jan. 7; and Turnpike Troubadours and Kyle Park on Jan. 8.
Dickson said Ingram is a regular performer at the festival, and the concert has developed into a favorite for locals.
“He loves it,” Dickson said. “He always puts on a phenomenal show.”
Dickson said Turnpike Troubadours is the hippest band out of Austin right now, and Dirty River Boys are not to be missed.
“That’s going to be a hell of a show,” Dickson said.
Those without a ticket to the ticketed shows still might have a chance to see their favorite performer. While in Steamboat, many of the artists have booked performances at venues outside MusicFest. It provides a unique opportunity for people to watch the show at intimate venues.
“I think it’s really cool that the community is embracing the music,” Dickson said.
Starting Thursday, the 18,000-square-foot concert tent will start going up at the Knoll Parking Lot. The tent will be used for various events in January and will keep the north portion of the lot closed through Jan. 12. The lower Knoll lot also will be used for events.
Steamboat Ski Area will continue to offer free parking at the south portion of the Knoll lot and the Meadows Parking Lot.
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