It’s All About The Music

Chief Theater Downtown Steamboat

Steamboat has a great music scene and it’s turning into one of the best music scenes in the West. With the FREE Summer Concert Series at Howelsen Hill and the Chief Theater, located downtown, turning the music scene into a popular stopping point for musicians, Steamboat is jamming on music.

Below are some key dates where we will have some awesome musicians performing in Steamboat.

Free Summer Concert Series Schedule or check out the website at FREE 

Steamboat’s Free Summer Concert Series held outdoors at Howelsen Hill. Howelsen Hill is located downtown so you can shop, eat/drink and then stroll on over to Howelsen for some sweet music.

June 23rd, Tribal Seeds

July 1st, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

July 14th, The Record Company

July 28th, The Wood Brothers

Sept. 3rd Our first Labor Day festival with multiple bands featuring FRUITION, Yer State Birds, Wheelhouse, Small Town World, The Soul Rebels.



  • Located in downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the historic Chief Theater was once a single-venue theater offering live performances and events from the late 1920’s through the late 1950’s.
  • Built in 1926, the building has been remodeled four times, reflecting four distinct periods of architecture. The Chief Re-Opened as a cultural and performing arts center in the summer of 2013.
  • The theater is a small 130-180 capacity room (depending on how configured) that makes attending live music events special. The farthest seat from the stage is 14 rows back and the acoustics approach as good as it gets.
  • The theater has hosted acts like Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd & The Monsters), John McCuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), The Wood Brothers, Cody Canada & The Departed, Michael Martin Murphey and more.

B Smith Presents focuses on bringing acts to Northwest Colorado that you can’t see anywhere else in the region, much effort is made to only bring in acts that are sure to make for a special night of music.

reckless Kelly

June 25

Reckless Kelly

Tickets – $20

Doors 6PM/Show 7PM

“Celebrating 20 uncompromising years of independent Texas country, Reckless Kelly is set to release their ninth studio album, Sunset Motel, on September 23rd. Their first project in three years and the follow up to their Grammy-winning Long Night Moon (Best Recording Package), the project finds the Austin-based road warriors a little farther down the highway, but still following a wanderer’s compass” – Rolling Stone


Dawn & Hawkes

July 21

Dawn & Hawkes

Tickets $15

Doors 6PM/Show7PM

“Impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation”  – Acoustic Guitar

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes met when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. The first time they sang together they found a sound Texas Monthly calls “undeniably intimate”.

Their initial duo effort, Golden Heart,  climbed to No. 25 in Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at No. 2 in iTunes singer-songwriter albums and kicked off a whirlwind of constant cross-country touring and performances with artists like Patty Griffin, Dan Tyminski & Alison Krauss, Chris Issak, Old 97s, Robert Earl Keen, and showcases at festivals including Austin City Limits, Folk Alliance, AmericanaFest, South By Southwest and TEDx.


August 5th


Tickets $15

Doors 7PM/Show 8PM

SHINYRIBS is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport, LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes were a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. That’s what took him to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard travelin’. From that point on Russell, has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band featuring Winfield Cheek on Keyboards, Keith Langford on Drums, Jeff Brown on Bass, the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns, and The Shiny Soul Sisters – Sally Allen & Alice Spencer. Whether on his 6 string Uke or his Electric guitar or singing a cappella, Russell will entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves, coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry.

Rhett Miller

November 2nd

Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s

Tickets $20Advance/$25Door

Doors 7PM/Show 8PM

“Rhett Miller is the type of singer / songwriter whom would need no introduction in a just world — but life’s not fair and his string of mini-masterpieces solo (“This Is What I Do,” “Terrible Vision”) and with the Old 97’s (“Time Bomb,” “Barrier Reef,” “Buick City Complex”) have found a sizable cult audience with songs that deserve to make him a household name. His bright-eyed ballads and bleary bar-raisers manage to be cute without nauseating, his stories are never long-winded and his melodies are reliably ebullient. Just last year he managed to make the  two-decade-plus sound of the Old 97’s even harder-rocking on Most Messed Up” – SPIN Magazine


Visit the Chief Theater at or call for information 970-871-4791

Chief Theater Downtown Steamboat