STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-Jan. 17, 2019 —  Steamboat’s Rock The Boat Free Concert Series kicks off Monday, January 21 with legendary mandolin player Sam Bush, as part of the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill event. The performance is followed by eight additional free concerts, with the largest concentration taking place during March & April. All concerts are free to the public and take place on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square beginning around 3:30pm (with some exceptions).

“This year’s lineup provides a little of something for everyone, with a wide span of musical options,” said Katie Brown, vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “To be able to bring together our guests and staff in the base area with a musical celebration each weekend is one of the highlights of a visit to Steamboat.”  We have some old favorites returning and fresh new additions to keep everyone on their feet dancing.

The following outlines the full schedule of concerts as part of the Rock the Boat free concert series:

Jan. 21: Sam Bush
March 2: Nathan & Zydeco Cha Cha’s
March 9: Drew Emmitt
March 16: The Main Squeeze
March 23: Freddy Jones Band


March 30: Southern Avenue
April 6: The Commonheart
April 13: TBA
April 14: The Wailers


The new Timber & Torch terrace provides the ultimate viewing location for all the free Rock the Boat concerts. For more information, check out


Sam Bush                                                             Monday, Jan. 21                       

The Father of Newgrass, and King of Telluride, has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Bela Fleck. The legendary mandolin player has been honored with an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and a suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies. Bush’s new album “Storyman”, is a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from Jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound.

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas                         Saturday, March 2                                 

Dedicated musician and songwriter, Nathan Williams plays the fast an furious accordion-driven dance music of the Creole people of South Lousiana, a relatively modern style that emerged after the second World War. The music of the band is an expression of a remarkable south Lousiana family including family members Dennis Paul Williams, Nathan Williams Jr., and Mark Williams. Rounding out the band is the exceptional rhythm section provided by the Cha Chas including former Buckwheat Zydeco drum chair Herman ‘Rat’ Brown and bassist Paul Neman.Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas are producing uplifting, new music that remains connected to its place in history.

Drew Emmitt                                                      Saturday, March 9                                 

The dynamic lead singer and mandolin player with the popular jamband Leftover Salmon, Drew Emmitt is a true renaissance man on musical instruments. Emmitt’s superlative storytelling and versatile vocal abilities are incomparable, and his mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, flute and electric guitar skills make him a string man to be reckoned with. In his solo career, Emmitt relishes the chance to record with some of the giants with whom he’s shared festival stages. After touring as the Emmitt-Nershi band with Billy Nershi of the String Cheese Incident for the past few years and making several reunion appearances with Leftover Salmon, Emmitt’s solo work is rejuvenated and once again taking the contemporary, live gig, fresh every-time approach to bluegrass music.

The Main Squeeze                                             Saturday, March 16                                

A powerful combination of hip-hop, funk, and rock, the Main Squeeze has vastly evolved from their humble beginning as a party band at Indiana University. Their unique sound and soulful energy have propelled them to the stage at Red Rocks as well as performances alongside The Roots and Aloe Blacc. The soulful sound of front man Corey Frye’s vocals mixed with creative instrumentals bring an emotional and funky stage presence that invites the audience to experience and enjoy life. The Main Squeeze debuts their new album, “Without a Sound”, this April which continues to build on their classic yet innovative music with the goal of appealing to the senses of their listeners.

Freddy Jones Band                                            Saturday, March 23                                

Building on their previous roots-rock hits, Freddy Jones Band most recently released “Never Change”, an album described as “euphoric” by the band’s lead singer/songwriter Marty Lloyd. Lloyd is a founding member of the band that was formed in the early ‘90s and is accompanied by Rich Ross on bass, Stu Miller on guitar, and drummer Goose LaPoint. This long-running act brings a mix of Southern rock and blues producing number-one singles such as “In a Daydream”, “Take the Time”, and “Those Diamonds” from their newly debuted album.

Southern Avenue                                               Saturday, March 30                               

Named for a street in their home town of Memphis, Southern Avenue puts a twist on gospel with a unique blend of R&B and soul. Founded by guitarist Ori Naftaly, who grew up in Israel with a passion for blues and funk, the band was formed when Naftaly met Memphis natives Tierinii Jackson and her sister Tikyra who provide soulful vocals and powerful drumming along with bassist Daniel McKee, and Jeremy Powell on the keyboard.

The Commonheart                                              Saturday, April 6         

Debuting their new album, “Grown”, The Commonheart brings an energetic tone and energy infusing crisp sound with powerful instrumentals. The nine-piece band, formed in Pittsburgh, is made up of vocals from front man Clinton Clegg along with trumpet, saxophone, keys, and guitar bring a powerhouse performance with blues, soul, and gospel influence. The Commonheart’s sound is a true testament to the past while completely holding its own as one of today’s most promising acts.

To Be Announced                                               Saturday, April 13       


The Wailers                                                         Sunday, April 14           

Throughout the ‘70s, Bob Marley & The Wailers helped bring the genre of reggae music to the world. Today they continue this quest in memory of their original front man after his untimely passing in 1981. Several original members, including Aston ‘Familyman’ Barrett on bass guitar and lead guitarist Donald Kinsey are among the eight-piece band delivering a bright and innovative sound. The group continues its mission of sharing Bob Marley’s message of unity and the spirit of their leader alive through music.