Elliot Seng: As the Fat Lady warms up her pipes, rage on
August 13, 2015
Steamboat Springs — It's almost that time, a time when the leaves begin to fall and we put our flip flops away, and the chill in the morning air becomes all too real. With only a tear-drop's amount of our ever-glorious Colorado summer left, we'll gauge what's left in the tank for Steamboat's live music schedule. Someone better keep feeding the fat lady, or else.
With the Jeff Austin Band closing out the Free Summer Concert Series Saturday night at Howelsen Hill, Steamboat will be in high gear for a wonderful night of twangy, light-hearted bluegrass Americana. Formerly a founding member of jamgrass juggernaut Yonder Mountain String band, Austin released his second solo album, "The Simple Truth," earlier this year. We can expect rousing renditions of the band’s new material and most likely some YMSB classics.
On top of that, Saturday night will also see nitty-gritty Denver jam-rockers Whisky Tango playing Old Town Pub, bringing their style of jazz, country and psychedelia to the dance floor. For all the electro-heads out there, head down to Schmiggity's and check out the second feature in this two-headed after party for DJ/producer and euro-dubstep mastermind, Silkie. Thanks to the good people of Ghetdown Network, Steamboat will be graced with this unique, London-based artist's album release tour for his newest work, "Fractals."
Looking outward, the rest of the month will not be disappointing. On Aug. 14, the return of Orgone will be celebrated at Old Town Pub. Playing the Old Town Pub earlier this summer, Orgone brought the heat with their R&B, funk-soul and afro-beat serenade. Their horn section is top notch. This is not a show to be missed. We let them down a bit last time attendance-wise, Steamboat. Tisk, tisk. We can look forward to perpetual Steamboat bands like Throwdown on Aug. 16 and Yer State Birds on Aug. 27 at Schmiggity's. Fruition, a Portalnd-born string quartet, will grace the stage Aug. 22, also at Schmiggity's. This quartet was recently honored with a readers’ poll award in Portland for "Best Alternative Country Band," and having seen them here in Colorado before, I'm excited to see these guys during their summer tour.
While September may like to throw an occasional tantrum weather-wise, we'll be in good company with the likes of Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds on Sept. 10 at Schmiggity's. The female-led vocals and full-band rhythms are sure to impress. Having graced the stage with jam band mainstays Gov't Mule, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows and Galactic — just, be there. Rounding off my short list of top acts coming to the area is the great Kyle Hollingsworth Band. A founding member of String Cheese Incident, a monster force in Colorado and around the world musically, Hollingsworth continues the party Sept. 18 at Schmiggity's. Expect a rousing night of original jams and, hopefully, a few of String Cheese Incident's go-to songs.
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With summer reeling away from the Yampa Valley and us packing away our tried-and-true tubing gear, let's not forget what we've been so lucky to be a part of. Chris Robinson BrotherHood, New Orleans Suspects, Jonny Lang, Ziggy Marley, Turkuaz, Dopapod and so many more to be thankful for. Let us count our blessings and wait to see what a new season will bring. Pray for snow? Too soon, too soon. Although, we can always pray for live music.
Elliot Seng can tell a few stories. Especially the type in which music takes the stage. His story started in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, back in 1987. At 27 years old and having resided in Steamboat Springs for the past five years, his dedication to music is more alive than ever. Whether at home in a robe harmonizing to a favorite vocalist or standing next to you at the weekend's top gig dancing like a ninny, he cannot be ignored. In his short time on Earth, he's a proven music junkie and totally broke from it.