A Summer’s Worth of Free Music in Steamboat

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One of the coolest things about summer in Steamboat Springs, CO is the abundance of free live music. From Howelsen Hill’s Keepin’ It Free Steamboat Summer Concert Series, to Music on the Mountain at Gondola Square, to Music on the Green at Yampa River Botanic Park and countless places in between, there is no shortage of music in this town. In fact, it is these cultural opportunities that got Steamboat confirmed as one of America’s 20 Best Small Towns according to Smithsonian.com.

Here is a quick guide to some of the national, international and local acts who will be jammin’ in Steamboat this summer:

Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series

When:  Different dates June – August

Where:  Howelsen Hill Amphitheater

Time:  Gates open at 5pm; Main act starts at 7pm; Concludes around 9pm

2015 Summer Schedule

Friday, June 19     Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Friday, July 3        New Orleans Suspects

Friday, July 10      Johnny Lang

Wednesday, August 5     Ziggy Marley

Saturday, August 15      Jeff Austin Band

Video of Chris Robinson Brotherhood at NY’s Mountain Jam last year.

Music on the Mountain

When:  Specific Fridays June – August

Where:  Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square on the mountain

Time:  Main act starts at 7pm; Concludes around 9pm

2015 Summer Schedule

Friday, July 17     Earphunk

Friday, August 6     6 Million Dollar Band

Friday, August 14    Freddy Jones Band

Friday, August 21     John Brown’s Body

(Sidenote: the Steamboat Ski Resort also hosts a free Movies on the Mountain series during the summer.)


Music on the Green

Music on the Green

When:  Every Thursday from late June – August

Where:  Yampa River Botanic Park

Time:  12:15pm

2015 Summer Schedule

A partnership between Strings Music Festival & the Botanic Park

Thursday, June 25     Catalyst ~ Classical Quartet

Thursday, July      Catalyst ~ Classical Quartet

Thursday, July 9    Leaner Lunker and Friends

Thursday, July 16    Chamberlin Birch ~ pop indie duo

Thursday, July 23     C Street Brass

Thursday, July 30    C Street Brass

Thursday, Aug 6     Emerald City Opera

Thursday, Aug 13    TBD


More Music in Steamboat Springs

The music does not stop with the free summer concerts. For as little as $1 per child up to standard ticket prices, other music venues and festivals are hosting a variety of music this summer too. If interested, look into:

Strings Youth Concerts

When:  Tuesday from late June – August

Where:  Strings Music Pavillion

Time:  11am

Family fun from a variety of artists including African drummers and Alphabet Rockers. Tickets are only $1 per child and $10 per adult.

Strings Music Festival

An assortment of musical talents ranging from The California Honeydrops, to the Orchestra and Vince Gill.


Chief Theater

There is always something worth seeing at the Chief Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs, including Emma Meinrenken, 15 year old world renowned violinist.


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