Tuesday, Nov. 4: 7 p.m. Aoife O’Donovan and Noam Pikelny; tickets start at $28
Tuesday, Nov. 4: Winter tickets go on sale
Tuesday, Dec. 23: Under the Streetlamp
Sunday, Dec. 28: Junie B. in “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!”
Friday, Jan. 16: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Saturday, Feb. 14: Eroica Trio and Strings' Valentine’s Day fundraising event
Friday, March 20: Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
Steamboat Springs Last year, Strings Music Festival started offering fall and winter concerts with Steamboat locals in mind.
The season proved to be successful.
“We’ve begun to realize there is a demand for year-round concerts here in Steamboat with more of a locals crowd,” said Cristin Frey, the advertising and marketing director and non-classical programming coordinator for Strings.
Gradually gaining momentum, shows for the winter were booked by Strings staff keeping in mind that a majority of the audience would be Steamboat locals with fewer second-home owners and visitors attending.
“We are trying to appeal to the people that do live here and wanted to make sure they could potentially go to all of the performances,” Frey said.
The shoulder-season lineup kicks off with a Nov. 4 show featuring renowned singer Aoife (pronounced “ee-fuh”) O’Donovan and Grammy-winning banjo player Noam Pikelny. The show will start at 7 p.m. at the Strings Music Pavilion, and tickets are on sale now starting at $28.
Frey mentioned that many people may know the bands these two musicians come from but may not be familiar with them as individual artists.
Said to be one of the greatest banjo players among young and upcoming bluegrass musicians, Pikelny is the founding member of Punch Brothers and previously played with Leftover Salmon and the John Cowan Band.
O’Donovan is known as the lead singer for the dynamic bluegrass band Crooked Still along with her vocals in the female folk trio, Sometymes Why.
To ring in the holidays, the talented quartet Under the Streetlamp will perform a concert Dec. 23.
The classic doo-wop singers have had roles in the Tony Award-winning musical "Jersey Boys" and have been featured individually on Broadway and in film and television shows. Their repertoire will include songs from The Drifters, Beach Boys, Beatles and more.
Although Strings isn’t known for theater performances, organizers are planning a Dec. 28 show that will feature Junie B. in “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” It will be a theatrical performance based on the book series by Barbara Park.
“What we see is pretty cute,” Frey said about the Strings' youth concerts. “A lot of grandparents will bring their 5-year-old grandchildren. It’s just great timing to have this type of show and is a chance for the whole family — even the little kids — to get dressed up and go to the show.”
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are expected to be one of the bigger shows of the season. Fleck, a 15-time Grammy winner, and his wife have toured with original projects through the years as individual performers, but their Jan. 16 performance at Strings will be their first as a duet.
“He is like the epitome of world-class artists," Frey said. "There is a real appeal for this show to see him at Strings performing with his wife."
Offering an event for those looking for a more formal Valentine’s Day celebration, Strings will host the Eroica Trio Feb. 14. This performance will serve as a fundraiser for Strings.
“We really want to invigorate Strings,” Strings production director Steve Chambers said. “We are expanding what we can do to round things out.”
The winter season ends with a performance by a legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. as Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam will be the featured show March 20.
This is a show Frey and Chambers agree is not to be missed.
Tickets for the final six shows go on sale Nov. 4.
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