Nicole Inglis: 2012 events shaping up |

Nicole Inglis: 2012 events shaping up

Nicole Inglis

— I’ve worked New Year’s Eve night for many of my adult years.

I’ve served drinks to the reveling masses and baby-sat and watched the ball drop as my eyelids drooped.

New Year’s isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. When the hangovers dissipate, the beginning of 2012 will feel much like the end of 2011 did.

So even if you fall asleep before midnight Saturday, know that there always will be another night, another party or another concert to look forward to.

Here’s what Routt County has in store for the start of 2012:

■ Steamboat (again) will welcome a new venue into the live music fold: McKnights Irish Pub & Loft will host entertainment Saturday with Celtic music from Pipedance.

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Next week, the music plays on with Jon Huge and Theresa Rogers on Thursday, Pipedance on Friday and Throwdown on Saturday. Part-owner Jennifer Shea said this week that the venue plans to have live music Thursdays through Saturdays for the foreseeable future, featuring local musicians in the downstairs bar area and in the loft.

■ MusicFest spills into the public realm even more this year with a show Thursday at the Old Town Pub] featuring MusicFest acts Sons of Fathers and Uncle Lucius. Look for the free outdoor shows at the base of Steamboat Ski Area the afternoons of Jan. 6, 7 and 8.

Carl’s Tavern is bringing in Frogs Gone Fishin’ this month as well as its side project, Andreux & the See of Sounds. Carl’s also is presenting the Steamboat debut of Monocle, an acoustic neo-folk band from Boulder lead by the silky-voiced Monica Whittington. That show is Feb. 11.

The Tugboat Grill & Pub sees the return of Whitewater Ramble on the last weekend of January, and the Old Town Pub has Boulder’s Morsoul on Jan. 14 and Missed the Boat and James and the Devil on Jan. 20.

■ As for fundraisers, the annual Fireman’s Ball is Jan. 28 at The Steamboat Grand. It’s a “Steamboat formal” event that benefits the Fire Fighter Community Assistance Fund as well as the Public Safety and Education Program. Tickets are $65 and are available from firefighters and at Steaming Bean Coffee Co.

■ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council plans to bring winter to Steamboat even if Mother Nature is running late.

“Snow/Crystal: Intricacy, Impermanence and Influence,” opening in late January, features Arts Council artistic director Park Myers in his curatorial debut.

In the exhibition, which will run Jan. 27 to March 17, contemporary artists Damon Zucconi, Sonja Hinrichsen and Ian Scott will fuse new media, photography, video and installation art contemplating the aesthetic and conceptual values of snow and crystalline forms.

Hinrichsen will create site-specific snow art in West Lincoln Park on Jan. 27 and at Carpenter Ranch with interaction from the public Jan. 29. Visit for more information.

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To reach Nicole Inglis, call 907-871-4204 or email