Music and Merriment
● By Christina Freeman
Music lovers kick back at the base with apres ski vibes. Photo by Paula Jo Jaconetta.
Free Concert Series
Ditch the ski boots, then grab a drink and an app and mosey on over to the ski area base for the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Music Series. All bands begin playing at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14 – No BS! Brass Band: Prepare to dance your feet off with this Virginia-based group. Hugely original, the music mixes elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin.
Saturday, March 7 – The Groovetrotters: It's all about the funk, from reggae and blues to rock and jazz. What started as plain old family fun jam sessions morphed into major live performances.
Saturday, March 14 – Nahko and Medicine for the People: Compared to Bob Marley by the Huffington Post, Nahko plays hip-hop, folk and jazz music inspired by tribal and cultural influences derived from his own childhood.
Saturday, March 21 – 6 Million Dollar Band: Step back to the '80s with an eclectic rendition of time-honored favorites delivered by five key boards, drum and bass, blazing guitar solos, and four part vocal harmonies.
Saturday, March 28 – The Wheeland Brothers: Two Southern California boys bring their “beach rock reggae” to the mountains. Making waves on radio stations nationwide, they have received commercial syncs with Forever 21 and Hollister Co.
Saturday, April 4 – The Motet: Denver based, the Motet blends American funk, afrobeat and jazz. Known for their high energy performances, the band has released seven studio albums.
Sunday, April 12 (Closing Day) – Steel Pulse: Spreading a message of love and justice to all people, this British reggae band plays Grammy award-winning music all over the world. Prepare to end ski season with style.
Start out on the mountain at Slopeside Grill or enjoy live music nightly at Bear River Bar and Grill. Take a gondola to Sunset Happy Hour, watch the sun go down over the valley listening to an array of local musicians. For more tunes, keep grooving at Schmiggity's or Old Town Pub in Steamboat's historic downtown. Find your inner cowboy at the Western BBQ, or hop on a saddle seat at 8th Street Steakhouse. Sip a local brew at Mahogany Ridge Brewery or treat the tastebuds with gourmet dining at bistro c.v., Cafe Diva or Harwigs & L'Apogée.
Try something completely different this Valentine's Day. Start the morning with a hot air balloon ride cruising over the valley. Explore the mountains on a snowmobile or a dog sled ride, then head back for a couple's massage and prepare for a sleigh ride dinner at Haymaker. Steamboat loves fireworks, always starting the festivities off with a torchlight parade. Kick back at the base area with a drink at locals’ favorite the T-bar, or warm up by the outdoor fire at the Truffle Pig. Two torchlight parades on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Tuesday, March 17, with a kids 'parade on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Don beads and join the fun of Mardi Gras with parades, free concerts, and Cajun BBQ, Thursday-Tuesday, Feb. 12-17. Find the Irish in you on St Patrick's Day when the mountain is green again even if only for the day. Tuesday, March 17.
Springalicious See the ski season out in style with the Steamboat Ski Area’s not to be missed grand finale of wild and wacky events. April 1-12.
Cardboard Classic A legendary happening year after year– watch teams race down the hill in their individually designed cardboard contraptions. Using only cardboard, glue, string, duct or masking tape; past creations have included everything from Viking ships to race cars. Saturday, April 11.
Splashdown Pond Skimming Competition Dress to impress as you attempt to cross a freezing pond at the ski area base. Judging for this annual contest is based on outfit choice, distance skimmed and audible crowd appreciation. Sunday, April 12.
Closing Day Anything goes on the last day of the season. Tutus and t-shirts surpass ski suits as the chosen attire of the day. Make the most of your favorite runs before hanging up the ski boots, and rocking out at the final free concert. Sunday, April 12.