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Aspen Snow Job

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Aspen concert promoters who want to cancel a show have millions of good reasons: Pine beetles. Global warming. Punishment for the 23 percent of us who voted for someone other than Barack Obama.

But one reason you cannot give is snow, as the oft-Grammy nominated bluegrass band Cherryholmes recently did when it opted out of its March 13 appearance at the Wheeler Opera House.

A refresher for those who need it: Snow is the reason people come to Aspen. No snow means no people.

Presumably when they booked their show the band knew that Aspen gets more than 10 feet of snow every year. Yes there was snow that weekend. Both on the ground and in the forecast.

But that just meant that people all over the world were scrambling to get here. And for those tens of thousands of people who made it, chances are most just had better things to do with their evening than check out Cherryholmes. Thus the cancellation. Maybe they all went to the movies to see He’s Just Not That Into You.

One venue that had no trouble attracting patrons on Friday the 13th was a local production of Forever Plaid staged at the Snowmass Chapel. The musical comedy has been a regional hit for years all over the country. So many theater-goers had seen the show before – some several times.

Forever Plaid is a fun and funny show – and thanks to Snowmass Chapel’s musical director Paul Dankers – talk after the performance was that this was the most enjoyable production of Plaid they had ever seen.

Forever Plaid is part of the Snowmass Chapel’s Winter Culture series – which presents a variety of popular, classical and sacred musical programs. The show goes on next weekend, March 20-22.

Snow permitting, of course.

Taj Mahal – fresh off a gig with the Allman Brothers -- will be at the Belly Up on Friday March 20. And if the guy who became famous because he was “built for comfort not speed” can make it through the snow, anyone should be able to.

Local skiers continue praying for snow. Lots and lots of it. And resort operators are doing their part as well.

The Aspen Skiiing Company – if you did not know the name of the outfit that owns the local ski franchises, now you do – is doing everything it can to attract more skiers to the upcoming Bud Light Spring Jam by offering its season pass holders 50% off vouchers for up to four friends for the starting March 21. The discount is good for lift tickets, lessons, equipment rentals and tunes.

Not the Cherryholmes pickin’ and grinnin’ type of tunes. The board and ski kind. All in time for the two Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts, Aspen Core Party, 10th Annual Kick Aspen Big Air, Red Bull Schnee Tag, Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls and lots and more.
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