This is the weekend to be in Steamboat Springs! A winter storm is heading their way and a grand party to celebrate 50 Years of Champagne Powder at Steamboat Resort is being prepared to to rock you for the next 10 Days. Yahoo! Steamboat is going all out for its 50th Anniversary with fireworks, torchlight parade, free concerts and special events culminating the anniversary period with the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill on Jan. 21st.
On Saturday you will find the Yampa Valley Boys in the Gondola Square getting everyone excited for the day with their musical talents. Special surprises will pop up throughout the day so keep your eyes open. In addition to music, festivities in Gondola Square including face painting, an enormous birthday cake, the reveal of the time capsule contents, concerts, the ceremony lighting of the Anniversary Cauldron and the 50th Anniversary Spectacular on snow torchlight parade and fireworks.
Korbel will pop the cork on Steamboat’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and the events will begin! The schedule is listed below:
Yampa Valley Boys: 8:30am
Enjoy the musical talents of the Yampa Valley Boys throughout the morning Saturday & Sunday beginning at 8:30am in Gondola Square.
50th Anniversary Merchandise Tent: 9am-7pm
The tent will be open all day from 9am-7pm. Stop by and check out the amazing deals on limited edition 50th anniversary items. In the afternoon the contents of the Time Capsule buried at the top of the gondola 25 years ago will be on display.
Time Capsule Reveal: 2pm
At 2pm we will reveal the contents of the time capsule from 1988 on stage in Gondola Square. The contents will be on display the rest of the day in the Merchandise tent.
The Bud Light Free Concert will begin at 2pm with Congress
The Congress are a natural evolution of more than 60 years of purely American music. With a spirit rooted just south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and now calling Denver – “The Queen City of the West” – their home, they’ve got enough soul, grit, and have spent enough time in the woodshed and on the road to call them pretty much whatever you want. But whatever words you think you need to describe their contribution to the American music tradition – save your breath. The Congress plays Rock & Roll.
Birthday Cake: 3:00pm
Come grab a bite of the Enormous, delicious anniversary cake. We will be serving up complimentary slices beginning at 3:00pm.
Robert Randolph & the Family Band: 3:30pm
The Bud Light Free Concert featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band will begin at 3:30pm
A virtuoso on the pedal steel guitar, Robert Randolph set the music world on fire in 2000 when he began playing his first club dates in New York City. Randolph started playing the instrument as a church-going teenager in Orange, NJ, a small city just outside of Newark. He regularly attended the House of God Church, an African-American Pentecostal denomination that had been implementing steel guitars (or “Sacred Steel”) in services since the ’30s, with the pedal steel in particular being introduced during the ’70s.
Randolph learned to play by watching other steel players during church services; years later, he updated that sacred basis with a secular mix of funk and soul, giving a new multicultural facelift to an instrument that had often been associated with country music.
Lighting of the 50th Anniversary Cauldron: 5:15pm
At 5:15pm join us for the lighting of the 50th Anniversary Cauldron. This Cauldron will remain lit throughout the 10 day anniversary celebration.
50th Anniversary Spectacular Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display: 5:30pm
The spectacular on-snow torchlight parade will begin at 5:30pm followed by an explosive fireworks display from the top of Christie Peak. The fireworks will be choreographed to a special musical production which will also be broadcast on EASY 94.1.
Don’t forget about the Ice Castles too! This is super cool open daily from 12pm to 10pm at Ski Time Square Drive. Click the link to book tickets: http://www.steamboat.com/things-to-do/winter-activities/ice-castles.aspx and get ready for a super party!
~MTN Town Magazine
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