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50th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Friday, January 11, 2013 - Monday, January 21, 2013

Steamboat is celebrating 50 years of the best skiing in the world. And they're doing it with a boatload of festivities. Start by celebrating Steamboat's birthday on January 12th and it'll continue with events all month long.

Yampa Valley Boys - 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 - 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 - 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.

Congress - 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 - 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 - 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.

50th Anniversary Spectacular Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display - At 5:15pm join us for the lighting of the 50th Anniversary Cauldron. This Cauldron will remain lit throughout the 10 day anniversary celebration. 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.

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