Steamboat Announces Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concert Series Lineup for 2017
Known for its vibrant music scene, Steamboat announced another great lineup for the 2017 Bud Light Rocks the Boat concert series including fan favorites The Wailers to close out the season. From reggae to rock, international to home-grown and full on country strumming to laid back positive vibes, this year’s lineup is one of the most diverse and features something for everyone spanning Grammy-award winning, internationally acclaimed and genre-breaking bands.
“The Bud Light Rocks the Boat series always brings incredible talent to the base area of the resort,” said Katie Brown, vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “We know our fans are excited to rock out for free with the unique variety of bands that make the lineup for this popular spring series.”
The first concert in the series is Walker McGuire performing immediately following the 43rd annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill on Monday, January 16 at about 3pm. Walker McGuire is the Nashville-based duo of Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire whose harmonies embody the fabric of America. Their hard-driving sounds is the ideal background to celebrate the professional cowboys and cowgirls competing in the Cowboy Downhill
The spring concerts begin with New Breed Brass Band on March 4th, when they bring their New Orleans second line brass band sound to the Steamboat stage. Magic Giant gets the dance party started when they return to Steamboat after a successful concert during last year’s Bud Light Rocks the Boat concert, followed by Colorado’s own Motet who will keep the dance party rocking through spring break. Martini Shot rounds out March concerts with its unique covers of pop songs with added horn flare. The April line up for Rocks the Boat couldn’t be hotter, with up-and-comers Flow Tribe and Con Brio early in the month. Closing weekend promises to be one of the hottest free tickets in town with Country and R&B rising star Anderson East kicking off the weekend followed The Wailers including original members and fan favorites “Familyman” Barrett, Junior Marvin, Donald Kinsey, Aston Barrett, Jr. and other legendary musicians on the final day of the 2016/17 winter season.
The following outlines the full schedule of free concerts as part of the Bud Light Rocks the Boat FREE Concert Series:
January 16 – Walker McGuire
March 4 – New Breed Brass Band
March 11 – Magic Giant
March 18 – The Motet
March 25 – Martini Shot
April 1 – Flow Tribe
April 8 – Con Brio
April 15 – Anderson East
April 16– The Wailers
“Year after year we are proud to fill the Bud Light Rocks the Boat series with incredible bands that will have fans of all ages on their feet,” said John Waldman of Great Knight Productions and co-producer for the Bud Light Rocks the Boat series. “This year’s lineup is particularly exciting with unique sounds ranging from brass bands to country to reggae, all set against the beautiful background of Ski Town, U.S.A®.”
The Bear River terrace showed that it is the place to be, providing the ultimate viewing location for all the Bud Light Rocks the Boat concerts, presented by Bud Light and the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. For more information, check out www.steamboat.com/concerts.
Walker McGuire, Monday, January 16
Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire are from the heart of the USA – Vernon, Texas and Fairway, Kansas. Walker McGuire was formed in May 2012 and is making unprecedented progress with almost 20,000 Facebook likes to date–making their mark as true singer songwriters. The songs speak for themselves and include: The Color Pink, Hurry On Home, Ole What’s Her Name, American Dream, Best Kind of Bad, Holly Would, among several others. After a year of playing Broadway bars and writers nights in Nashville, the two were discovered by Big D and Bubba, the hosts of a nationally syndicated Radio Show. Every week, Chasin The Dream airs on radio stations across the USA and on Armed Forces Radio all over the world, where listeners can follow Walker McGuire and be a part of Jordan and Johnny’s determined quest towards making a mark on this industry
New Breed Brass Band, Saturday, March 4
New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second line brass band tradition. With a founding core of five New Orleans natives, New Breed Brass Band made their street debut as a nine-man unit in November 2013. Since then they have showcased their originality opening for diverse bands including The Fray, Red Baraat, Dr. John and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Whether performing in their hometown or on the road, New Breed will forever bring the vide of the the New Orleans second line with them.
Magic Giant, Saturday, March 11
Like a banjo player and a DJ rocking a club show in a barn, Magic Giant is a band on a mission to move bodies and souls. The group kicked off 2015 with a performance on KEXP hosted by John Richards (credited for discovering The Lumineers’ Ho Hey). They have since been featured on Spotify’s New Music Tuesday, Billboard for Artist on the Verge, and NPR’s Songs We Love, which proclaimed, This L.A. indie-folk band has a summer festival anthem on its hands. Described by some as rave-folk, Magic Giant has been turning clubs into dance parties on their maiden US headline tour, concluding with a full house at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. Magic Giant continues to build a reputation for its anthemic sing-alongs, blending organic instruments with big drums and electronic beats. The band is composed of Austin Bis on lead vocals; Zambricki Li on banjo, mandolin, and fiddle; and Brian Zaghi on upright bass and acoustic guitar.
The Motet, Saturday, March 18
The Motet began in 1998 in Denver where the bands then-rotating cast of musicians amased an enthusiastic and loyal throng of hometown fans. Their national fan base has been growing since they took their infectious dance parties on the road, and today they sell out popular venues from coast to coast including Chicago’s Park West, The Independent in San Francisco, Portland’s Crystal Ballrooma nd Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. The future of fun is clear on the Motet’s new self-released studio album, Totem, which hit streets in July 2016. The 12 original tracks cover a lot of ground stylistically while never loosing sight of the groove.
Martini Shot, Saturday, March 25
The Martini shot is a seven-piece, horn powered, Pop Rock cover and oringal band based out of Southern Colorado. Influenced by bands including Barenaked Ladies, Reel Big Fish, 311 and other the band performs original projects as well as high energy covers of pop tunes, adding their “Martini Shot flavor” with horns. Recognized as Southern Colorado’s hottest band, they have opened for Eddie Money, Blue Oyster Cult, FogHat, Pure Prarie League and more. The name Martini Shot refers to the Hollywood slang term for the last shoot of the day.
Flow Tribe, Saturday, April 1
Few bands arouse the crowd into a collective shake like Flow Tribe. The six member band’s onstage chemistry reflects a seamless combination of soul and movement that hits the audience within the first few notes. Outfitted for each performance in colorful suits, it’s clear the band’s focus us sharp and the party has begun. With Flow Tribe, second line brass and Cuban-Caribbean rhythms mels with R&B, soul, rock and hip-hop beats in high energy performances that turn every show into a celebration. With two full-length albums and several Eps under their belt, look for Flow Tribe’s next project to be released in early 2017.
Con Brio, Saturday, April 8
Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & The Family Stone. By 2015, when the band self-produced their debut EP, Kiss the Sun, Con Brio has already become a West Coast institution on the strength of their magnetic live show. Con Brio has been on an ambitious national touring schedule since summer 2016 including stops at major American music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Summerfest and San Francisco’s Outside Lands, as well as international stops at Fuji Rock, Montreal Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz Festival and more.
Anderson East, Saturday, April 15
Anderson East learned to sing and play guitar at 11 years old; the grandson of a southern Baptist preacher, whose mother played piano in the church. His debut album on Low Country Sound/Elektra entitled ‘Delilah’ was released in July of 2015, and East began touring nationally prior to his album release, as direct support for Sturgill Simpson. In addition to his own sold out headline shows, he has toured with Brandi Carlile, The Lone Bellow, Jason Isbell and John Butler Trio.
The Wailers, Sunday, April 16
The legendary Wailers band is carrying its revolutionary sound and message to loyal fans around the world. Steered by famous bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ band members, the Wailers are on the brink of musical history. The Wailers feature original members and fan favorites “Familyman” Barrett, Junior Marvin, Donald Kinsey and other legendary musicians. Old school members welcome the new-generation talent of drummer Aston Barrett Jr. (Fams’ multi-talented son and nephew of Wailers co-founder/drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett). Since 1974 Bob Marley & The Wailers have recorded, toured and performed before millions of fans in multiple countries. The Wailers band laid the groundwork for creation and participation in timeless, distinctive music, intricate arrangements and lyrics that touched fans everywhere. The incomparable Wailers are coming together, to perform on stage, and this is a slice of musical history you must not miss.
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