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Trout Steak Revival back in Steamboat to headline Strings Music Festival this weekend

Trout Steak Revival’s five members – Steve Foltz on mandolin and guitar





Trout Steak Revival's five members – Steve Foltz on mandolin and guitar, Casey Houlihan on standup bass, Will Koster on dobro and guitar, Travis McNamara on banjo and Bevin Foley on the fiddle will be back in Steamboat Springs this Friday for a night at the Strings Music Pavilion.

— Winning the 41st annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2014 was an pivotal moment in time for Denver-based Trout Steak Revival.

"It was one of those moments you are on top of a mountain and feel like you've finally broken out from all that hard work," said Steve Foltz, mandolin and guitar player for the group. "It was a catalyst moment for us."

If You Go…

What: Trout Steak Revival

When: 8 p.m. Friday, July 17

Where: Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

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Tickets are currently sold out, however lawn seating will go on sale at 7 p.m. the day of the concert.

What started out as a friends jam session in 2008 has now evolved into an Americana-rooted quintet known as one of Colorado's most tightly-knit bluegrass bands. The group is comprised of members Foltz on mandolin and guitar, Casey Houlihan on standup bass, Will Koster on dobro and guitar, Travis McNamara on banjo and Bevin Foley on fiddle.

"From the beginning, it's been about just having a good time and to be ourselves," Foltz said. "When we sing originals at a show, I think there is this cyclical effect that audiences grab onto, and it helps us play especially well when we have people enjoying the music, singing along, dancing and just having a good time with us."

The group has been performing to sold-out audiences all over the front range and outside the state; it won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack with Rocky Mountain PBS, and in March, the group released its first studio album "Brighter Every Day."

Today, the group will be back in Steamboat — a place members like to call home — for a show at the Strings Music Pavilion at 8 p.m.

Foltz said Steamboat was one of the first mountain towns outside Denver in which they felt welcomed by a strong, supportive network of friends and fans they still keep in touch with.

"We've kind of grown up together in Colorado," said Jay Roemer, guitar player and singer for the Old Town Pickers. "They have grown up a lot more than us, maybe, but after they won the competition in Telluride, I cried I was so happy for them, because we knew how big of a thing that was, but I don't think they did at the time."

To play at the one of the finest music performance halls — where renowned jazz, rock, country and bluegrass musicians have played, Foltz said, is an honor.

"It's a huge launching pad for your band and music career because you move forward, and it opens up a lot of doors," said Eric Baker, mandolin player for the Old Town Pickers. "People start to take notice, and that's a huge thing."

Blending intricate harmonies and poignant lyrics, the years of friendships is unmistakable with each show they perform.

"The quality of the music and the acoustic quality of the sound is what really drew us to bluegrass initially," Foltz said. "But we were all friends before we started playing seriously, and I think that's the thing that will keep us together. There are lots of peaks and valleys you go through as a group."

The collaborative songwriting process for Trout Steak Revival operates more as a collective unit than individuals fleshing out arrangements.

"I think people will be really impressed with their musicianship, songwriting and harmonies," Baker said. "It's an awesome feeling to see their music blossom as much as it has. We are really proud to know them as friends."

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If You Go…

What: Trout Steak Revival

When: 8 p.m. Friday, July 17

Where: Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

Tickets are currently sold out, however lawn seating will go on sale at 7 p.m. the day of the concert.