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Steamboat’s Missed the Boat to play festival

Local band in contest for big-stage Wakarusa set in June

Margaret Hair

Local mountain rockers Missed the Boat play at the new base area permanent stage at Steamboat Ski Area at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The band is, clockwise from bottom left, Pat Waters, Bryan Joyce, Andrew Henry, Peter Hall and Ryan Cox.

— A local band is hoping local support can help push it into the spotlight.

Steamboat Springs folk-rock and bluegrass five-piece Missed the Boat won a spot on the Wakarusa music festival lineup for when the four-day event hits Mulberry Mountain from June 3 to 6 in Ozark, Ark. Now the group is looking for fan votes to put it on one of the festival's main stages.

Missed the Boat was one of five bands on the Denver stop of the Waka Winter Classic, a competition waging local battles of the bands in 20 cities across the country. By winning its February battle in Denver, Missed the Boat got on the Wakarusa festival lineup and became one of 20 bands vying for one of two big-stage sets.

"Hopefully, we can get on that big stage because I think automatically you would get more exposure playing on that bigger stage," guitarist and singer Ryan Cox said. The band hopes hometown votes will give it a better shot, Cox and bassist Bryan Joyce said.

Voting for the contest is open through Friday. To vote for Missed the Boat, go to the band's Web site at http://www.missedtheboat Click the orange button labeled "take Wakarusa survey" toward the bottom of the main page; fill out a short registration form and a five-question survey to vote.

Wakarusa features big-name bands including Widespread Panic, The Black Keys and Slightly Stoopid.

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Since forming in late 2007 and playing its first show at a Steamboat Springs house party in January 2008, Missed the Boat has expanded its reach to include shows across Colorado.

After recording its debut in Chicago, the band has decided to record its second album soon at First String Music. Cox and Joyce said they hope keeping the project local will give the band plenty of time to perfect the second record. The second album will stick to the band's Americana roots but include some more electronic elements, Cox said.

The group got a surprise first-round Grammy nomination for its debut album, "Rollin'." Singer-songwriter Paula Mengarelli submitted "Rollin'" in four categories. Missed the Boat made it through an initial yes-or-no vote that narrowed its competition to a few hundred entries but did not make it to the final round of five, Cox said.

Missed the Boat is one of two local bands featured during a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Old Town Pub. Tickets to the show are $15; proceeds benefit the concert series.

The band has just about every weekend between late May and early August booked, with several stops at concert series and music festivals, Cox said. A list of confirmed summer shows is on the band's Web site.

"I think we've come a long way from the house party we played in January '08 to Wakarusa, and a Grammy nomination in there, as well," Cox said.

Missed the Boat is Cox on guitar, Joyce on bass, Andrew Henry on mandolin, Peter Hall on harmonica and Pat Waters on drums.

If you go

What: Missed the Boat, with Little Laura and the Nude Blues Band, fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $15

Call: 879-2101


■ To vote for Missed the Boat in the Waka Winter Classic to get the band a main stage spot at the Wakarusa music festival, go to the band’s Web page at Scroll down and click the orange button labeled “take Wakarusa survey.” Voting requires a short registration and a five-question, multiple-choice survey. Voting closes Friday. Learn more about Wakarusa at

■ Listen to Missed the Boat at