Steve’s Guitars celebrates 200 consecutive Friday nights of live music |

Steve’s Guitars celebrates 200 consecutive Friday nights of live music

CARBONDALE ” Four years ago, musician Shawn O’Neil and friends talked Steve Standiford out of closing his little guitar shop on Fourth Street.

“They were very convincing about the (Roaring Fork) Valley needing a venue to hear live, original music,” Standiford said.

After hosting hundreds of musicians who have played the room for the past 200 Fridays, Steve’s Guitars continues as a friendly locale to celebrate live music.

“We have been happy to help serve this need,” Standiford said.

Today Steve’s Guitars celebrates the success of Standiford’s musical experiment with friends, neighbors and random passers-by who typically stumble upon the intimate music listening room.

“We had a great grand opening for our space about eight years ago when I shared the space with “Louis the Luthier” Hayes. The live music started around noon and I had to kick the musicians out when it was getting too late for me,” Standiford said. “It was a typical, unplanned musical event and we had a blast.”

O’Neil and other Steve’s Guitars regulars will share their songs and stories to celebrate the 200-show milestone at 8:30 p.m. today. Doors open at 8 p.m.

“For anyone that has played the stage before, consider this an open invitation to come by and join us in the fun,” Standiford said. “And, that goes for you wonderful audience members who enjoy hearing live music in the best musical venue on North Fourth Street in Carbondale.”

Standiford said he may join O’Neil on stage to play guitar and will encourage his daughter, Shannon, to join him by playing the saxophone or a Beatles tune.

“These special celebrations are usually a lot of fun and full of surprises. Come on out and help make it even more fun and surprising,” Standiford said. “If you have ever dreamed of singing a song in the room, this may be your big chance. Just remember it’s the friendliest stage around and you can’t go wrong. I’ve screwed up many a time on our stage so why can’t you?”

Standiford said today’s anniversary is certainly cause for celebration.

“Keeping a great live music venue alive is a tricky thing and shouldn’t be taken for granted,” he said. “I am surprised and pleased that we have been able to do it for nearly four years in a row.”

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