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Missed the Boat to play Ghost Ranch reopening

Missed the Boat band members, from left, Pat Waters, Peter Hall, Bryan Joyce, Andrew Henry, Ryan Cox (kneeling in front) and Jonathan Huge will play a show Saturday in Gondola Square, next week at Sweetwater Grill and on May 24 at Ghost Ranch.

Missed the Boat band members, from left, Pat Waters, Peter Hall, Bryan Joyce, Andrew Henry, Ryan Cox (kneeling in front) and Jonathan Huge will play a show Saturday in Gondola Square, next week at Sweetwater Grill and on May 24 at Ghost Ranch.

Upcoming shows

Saturday: Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square, 2 p.m., FREE

April 14: Sweetwater Grill, 9 p.m. FREE

April 20: Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins with Oakhurst

April 21: Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver with Oakhurst

May 24: Ghost Ranch, FREE

May 25 to 28: Campout for the Cause at State Bridge, $50 to $75

June 23: Lake Dillon Amphitheatre, FREE

— On May 24, the Ghost Ranch will reopen with a live performance by the same band that played Oct. 29, the night before the downtown Steamboat Springs venue shut down.

Missed the Boat will open the next chapter of the downtown restaurant and entertainment venue with a free show late next month, and its members are looking forward to returning to that familiar stage on Seventh Street.

“We were there on the last night it was open, and we want to be there on the first,” said Missed the Boat dobro and banjo player Jon Huge.

Guitarist Ryan Cox said the band always hoped the venue would reopen.

“We love playing at the Ghost Ranch, and it’s a good thing for the community,” Cox said.

In the meantime, Missed the Boat has been busy through the winter months. The band headlined a show at Denver’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom alongside Whiskey Tango and Chain Station. They played a show at Old Town Pub and opened for bluegrass band the Gourds at the Fox Theatre in Boulder.

On Saturday, the band opens for Keller Williams on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square, playing a free show at 2 p.m.

In addition to the Ghost Ranch kickoff, Missed the Boat will play a set Memorial Day Weekend at Campout for the Cause, a fundraiser and music festival at State Bridge, which is an outdoor music and camping venue six miles south of the Routt County line on Colorado Highway 131.

On June 23, the band will open for the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience at a free show at the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre in Summit County.

Huge said he will not be at the event but called it a compliment that Oakhurst banjo player Zach Daniels will be sitting in for him.

Musically, the band has spent the past several months honing several new songs, which Cox said are more structurally diverse as the band members develop individually. But, he said, the band stays true and grounded to its Americana and bluegrass roots in new songs like “Trouble,” “Josephine” and “Turn Me Loose.”

“I also think we’re all coming into our own musically,” Huge said. “The new material, we feel, is trying to push boundaries from what we’ve done before.

“As of this moment, we’re all full speed ahead trying to get in front of as many people as we can. Life does change in the meantime, but at the same time, we’re all committed to this.”

“We all still feel like there’s this great momentum, and as long we keep putting out material that we love … we’ll keep feeling this way,” Cox said.

Missed the Boat

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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