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Steamboat Springs' Elissa Greene of Strings Music Festival

10/30/2015 03:47PM ● By Dan Greeson

Courtesy Elissa Greene

Elissa Greene, executive director and CEO for Strings Music Festival, moved to Steamboat Springs in 2004.No stranger to life in the ‘Boat, she spent almost every summer of her life in the Yampa Valley before making it her home.


Favorite way to spend an evening out in Steamboat?

Mahogany Ridge, getting tapas with friends.

Best spot for happy hour?

Low Country Kitchen: best food prices and their raspberry smash is my favorite. Bourbon, muddled raspberry, muddled mint, lemon. Great to drink in winter to remind you about summer.

Favorite local musician/band?

Steve Boynton is great. He plays classical guitar and jazz really well, and some singer/ songwriter folk stuff.

Most memorable performance you’ve ever seen at Strings?

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. He was so cool. His on-stage presence is really funny; he acts like he’s timid and afraid but it’s really endearing. His music is definitely not shy. He had 14 other musicians on stage with him. It made me realize Strings brings in great people to perform.

Must-try local dish?

The elk tenderloin at Café Diva is to die for. It’s one of the things they don’t ever take of their menu.

Any advice on what to wear for a night out in Steamboat?

Always bring layers, but it’s nice because you don’t have to get dressed up. Wear what you’re comfortable in. Steamboat is all about come-as-you-are.