Fifth-graders enjoy a private party at the Ghost Ranch earlier this week. The popular downtown Steamboat Springs nightclub and bar will reopen this weekend.

Photo by John F. Russell

Fifth-graders enjoy a private party at the Ghost Ranch earlier this week. The popular downtown Steamboat Springs nightclub and bar will reopen this weekend.

Ghost Ranch to reopen with another new concept

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Confirmed shows this summer at the Ghost Ranch

Saturday: The Kris Lager Band, $8, thrift-store funk, blues, soul

June 21: White Water Ramble, $10, jam grass

July 5: Clay Colton Band, $10, country, rock, Americana

July 27: Naughty Professor, $5 advance/$7 door, New Orleans funk, jazz

Aug. 9: Smooth Money Gesture, $7, psychedelic rock

Aug. 10: Selasee and the Fafa Family, $8, pop roots reggae and West African dance

Aug. 16: Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, $8 advance/$10 door, country and Western

— After several months of being closed, the Ghost Ranch is reopening Saturday night with a new direction but an old feel.

The venue will still host concerts throughout the summer, but management has decided to focus its efforts on booking special events.

“After discussing it all spring with the management team, it doesn’t make sense to just be open as a bar,” manager Jennifer Wild-Zehner said. “There are all sorts of business things about it that make sense.”

Ghost Ranch will host concerts on some Friday and Saturday nights. It won’t be open the rest of the week, but will be available for private functions.

Wild-Zehner said that includes any events, like birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, reunions and rehearsal dinners. The Ghost Ranch will not have an on-site chef, instead using Steamboat Meat & Seafood company to cater.

This isn’t the first time the Ghost Ranch has shifted gears. After originally opening as the Ghost Ranch Saloon in May 2009, it shut down in October 2011 when owner Jean Sagouspe fired all of his staff after saying his business had strayed from its original vision. It reopened as simply the Ghost Ranch in May 2012, with new management and a focus on Western food and music.

On Wednesday, the Ghost Ranch hosted its first special event of its third incarnation, a year-end celebration for fifth-grade students, complete with a photo booth and DJ.

On Saturday, the Ghost Ranch gets back to its roots by hosting the Kris Lager Band at 9:30 p.m. The band plays blues and soul music with “heartland funk.” The cost is $8.

Wild-Zehner said all the shows this summer will cost between $5 and $10. Music isn’t scheduled for every weekend, but is instead dotted throughout the summer.

Currently, the Ghost Ranch has two acts in June, two in July and three in August. Missy Gelder, who helps book bands, said in an email that the Ghost Ranch is still booking shows for mid-July and early and late August.

The music is much more diverse than last summer and includes blues, soul, funk, reggae and country.

The limited music schedule was borne out of the same thought as making the venue just available for special events.

Wild-Zehner said it didn’t make sense to try and have live music four days a week.

“I don’t think we’ll miss out,” she said. “We’ll be able to do this instead of having music four days a week and 16 times a month. I think we’ll be able to specialize a little more on it and bring bands that aren’t typically here. We’ll be able to offer different genres of music.”

To book the venue for a party or special event, click here.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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