If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to play more music, this week is your chance to act on your intentions.  

The Tugboat will be hosting the Colorado SongwritersCompetition presented by the 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival tonight at 9:30pm. Finalists from six Colorado towns will be invited to attend the festival for free and the winner will perform at the 7908 finale concert. 

Steamboat Springs is a hot spot to launch a career in music. Check out these other famous musicians who have ties to Steamboat: 

Keller Williams dabbles in many genres including bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, reggae, electronica/dance, jazz, and funk. Williams began his relationship with The String Cheese Incident by offering to play with the band for free in exchange for ski passes to Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Reese Roper is native to the Boat, born right here in Steamboat Springs. He was the lead singer and chief song writer of the ska band Five Iron Frenzy, who broke up to pursue “real life,” but have recently gotten back together. In an interview with mousertime, he says re-entering the performing world is, “like riding a bike on a tight rope with replacement hips and knees.”

Steamboat’s Inferno, previously at Gondola Square, had a knack for spotting bands that would make it big. Artists who performed here before they took off include Dave Matthews, Phish, and Guster.

With all that spare musical talent soaked in Gondola Square, the Tugboat is the perfect place to discover Steamboat’s next star. Good luck to our competition winners – put Steamboat Springs back on the map!

Posted on January 12, 2012
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