When Nick LaGorga moved to Routt County in 2016, he fell in love with the live music scene. His first love, he said, was the free concert series each summer, and after joining the band Acutonic he was able to perform in several of the free shows, opening for Stephen Marley and Tribal Seeds.
In the years that followed, LaGorga attended countless live shows at Steamboat and worked both at the Strings Music Pavilion – as a stagehand and then stage manager – and at the Old Town Pub as a sound engineer, before launching Yampa Valley Entertainment late last year.
Now producing events in the Yampa Valley, LaGorga has created the Hayden Winter Concert at the Granary series, which runs in five iterations this winter. The third event in the series will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 5 p.m. It will bring together local musicians Pat Waters and Eric Delaney on stage.
Waters, who has been a staple of the live music scene in Steamboat since moving to town in 2006, will open the concert with an hour-long set. Although he has played – and currently plays – with several bands, when performing solo, Waters has an extensive repertoire that spans from the 1960s to the present day.
Delaney will follow with his own unique sound, which includes everything from what he calls “rock-n-roll guitar shredding” to more listenable folk music with soulful lyrics. Delaney has lived in the Yampa Valley for nearly two decades and many of his songs are written about the area, he said.
On Saturday, March 26, the fourth concert in the series will bring Carolyn Alexis Berns of Apple Pie Order to the stage, accompanied by John Fog. The duo will be followed by Tyree Woods of Buffalo Commons. The winter series will conclude on Saturday, April 30 with Adia Clark Lay and the entire Apple Pie Order band.
LaGorga said the series was successful in its first year and he was also on track to offer Hayden a summer series.
“In my time living here, I’ve only noticed half a dozen musical performances at Hayden, usually during Hayden Days or the occasional open mic night at the brewery,” LaGorga said. “I try to bring musical performances a lot more often.”
Starting with once or twice a month, he hopes to increase that number to once or twice a week in the summer.
“Yampa Valley Entertainment is redefining the music scene in Hayden,” he said.
Sophie Dingle is a writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today. It can be reached via the editor.