Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series announced two of the acts set to play in the Yampa Valley this summer, representing a tale of two coasts meeting in the Rocky Mountains to be a part of one of Steamboat’s most popular summer events.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops, an old-time folk and blues trio, hails from Greensboro, N.C., while the soul rock 'n’ rollers Vintage Trouble come from Los Angeles.
The Chocolate Drops are slated for July 26, bringing their foot-tapping, multi-instrumental modern manifestation of old-time folk, jazz and blues. With a fiddle, a banjo and led by the Southern-steeped vocals of Rhiannon Giddens, the Chocolate Drops are bringing tradition to life evoking sounds of the roarin '20s to jug bands to world music and modern folk.
“We’re pretty excited,” said Free Summer Concert Series board member Coleman Cook. “We make an effort to bring new and up-and-coming acts to town.”
Vintage Trouble definitely could be considered one of those acts, as well. Playing Aug. 16 in Steamboat Springs, the quartet will be coming off a world tour opening for The Who.
“Their stage presence is way cool,” Cook said. “It’s just a really fun band for the series.”
Frontman Ty Taylor soaks his loud-mouthed rock vocals with soul and R&B, and with his vocal range and entertaining capacity as a performer, he’s drawn comparisons to the likes of James Brown.
Of their recent performance at the Pepsi Center opening for The Who, Denver Westword reviewer Tom Murphy wrote, “For its part, Vintage Trouble played like it owned the room, and for its roughly half-hour set, it didn't make you wonder when the heck The Who were coming on.”
Vintage Trouble will be performing on the Jay Leno show April 8.
Locations for both shows have yet to be announced. Last year, the series spit the concerts between Howelsen Hill and the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
The concert series also recently announced the return of its annual Keepin’ It Free fundraiser, which stays with the annual Cinco de Mayo theme complete with live music from Throwdown and ample prize baskets to be won via raffle.
The event is at 4 p.m. May 5 at Sweetwater Grill, and tickets cost $25 in advance. Tickets include a drink ticket, taco bar and raffle ticket.
For more information, to donate or sign up for giveaways, visit www.keepinitfree.com.
“We’re in full swing and it’s been really fun,” Cook said.