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2017 Strings Music Festival tickets on sale for general public Tuesday

Bringing their rhythmic fervor and Latin machismo, The Mavericks will be one of Strings Music Festival's featured acts for the 2017 Different Tempo lineup.

— While many venture off to a tropical oasis during this "slower" season, what better time to get a head start on planning your summer?

Tickets for Strings Music Festival will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. April 25.

Marking Strings' 30th anniversary, the summer lineup features a variety of talent from seasoned favorites to up-and-coming acts featuring genres of bluegrass, soul and funk, jazz, rock, classical, chamber music and everything in between.

While it may be hard to attend every show this summer, the Steamboat Today asked Kristine Kilbourne, Strings Music Festival marketing director, which acts music enthusiasts should be on the look out for.

• New up-and-comers: Morgan James | Chatham County Line

Morgan James | June 23 | 8 p.m. | Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Rd.
Chatham County Line | July 7 | 8 p.m. | Strings Music Pavilion

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These two acts may not be as well known just by name in the music world, said Kilbourne but they each have talent that makes them two acts not to miss this season.

Celebrate America! BBQ and Classical Concert

July 1 | 5:30 and 7 p.m. | Strings Music Pavilion

For its 30th anniversary concert and celebration, Strings will host a classic American BBQ in Strings Music Park with fun for the whole family prior to the show that will feature principal brass and percussion players from top orchestras performing Fourth of July favorites.

Something to note: This is the first time in Strings’ history that a brass and percussion ensemble plays a rousing repertoire dedicated to celebrating the Fourth of July.

• "Rhapsody in Blue: Live and on the Air"

July 29 | 7 p.m. | Strings Music Pavilion

"Those looking forward to the classical season will enjoy this old-timey radio performance," said Kilbourne about the jazz band version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" concert that will also feature Loras John Schissel as he returns to Strings from the Library of Congress to conduct.

• Weekend of Mandy Harvey and Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native

Mandy Harvey | July 14 | 8 p.m. | Strings Music Pavilion
Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native | July 15 | 7 p.m. | Strings Music Pavilion

Newer musical standouts Mandy Harvey and Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native will performing the weekend of July 14 — Mandy on Friday, Ben on Saturday. Strings will be offering a package deal for those interested in attending both shows. Buy tickets to both and you’ll get $25 off.

• Different tempo acts to get excited for: Mavericks and Marceo Parker

Marceo Parker | Aug. 16 | 8 p.m. | Strings Music Pavilion
Mavericks | July 30 | 8 p.m. | Strings Music Pavilion

From rocking the house and getting the audience up and dancing with the Mavericks, to Marceo Parker, who has an impeccable pedigree of funk performing with musical legends like James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, Kilbourne said there is something for everyone with different shows each night.

• Get your tickets fast

Kilbourne said the easiest way to get your tickets — and the best seats — is to purchase them online at stringsmusicfestival.com.

Locals take note: Strings will be offering half-priced classical tickets to locals. These tickets must be purchased at the box office.

Visit stringsmusicfestival.com for more information and details about the 2017 Strings Music Festival lineup.

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2017 Strings Music Festival lineup

Classical and different tempo shows:

June 23: Morgan James

June 24: Opening night orchestra

June 28: A Night in Prague: Chamber Music

July 1: Celebrate America

July 2: Brent Rowan & Friends: Tanya Tucker

July 7: Chatham County Line

July 12: Parker Quartet

July 14: Mandy Harvey

July 21: Mary Chapin Carpenter

July 22: 30th Anniversary Celebration

July 26: Boston Brass “And the Nominees Are…”

July 29: Rhapsody in Blue: The Music of George Gershwin

July 30: The Mavericks

Aug. 2: Romantic Favorites from Mendelssohn and Chopin

Aug. 3: Stephen Stills and Judy Collins

Aug. 5: Strings Festival Orchestra Season Final

Aug. 8: Asleep at the Wheel

Aug. 11: Take 6

Aug. 16: Maceo Parker

Aug. 20: Michael McDonald