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THURSDAY at The Belly Up Aspen: The Crystal Method and an Exclusive RE:GENERATION Screening

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Music lovers, listen up! Thursday, February 16th, the Belly Up Aspen is bringing you an EXCLUSIVE screening of RE:GENERATION, accompanied with a performance by two of the documentary's DJ protagonists, The Crystal Method. The documentary tells the story of five of todays most popular, electronically rooted DJ acts as they collaborate, remix and reinvent the sounds of five time-honored styles of music. This is an amazing opportunity to check out RE:GENERATION which is only screening February 16th and February 23rd in extremely limited locations. The Belly Up Aspen is taking the event to the next level, concluding the evening in the company of The Crystal Method for an exclusive Q & A session about the documentary.

RE:GENERATION focuses on the evolution of the sound, definition and direction of music as we understand it today. The film pairs each DJ with a traditional style of music in hopes of creating a new way of listening and producing music for both parties. Up to bat for team DJ, we have DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Grammy Award winner Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method. Leading off for the traditionalists styles we have Classical, Country, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Adding to the already dynamic equations are some of today's most talented musicians like Mos Def, the Berklee Symphony Orchestra, Erykah Badu, LeeAnn Rimes, Nas and many more.

I'm extremely interested to see this film for numerous reasons. First and foremost, my main interest lies in my sincere love music, and my concern with what is being deemed a hit and radio play worthy. Like many of you out there, I have a wide ranging catalog of musical interest, and can't be pigeon holed into a listener of one or two genres. It's imperative to the evolution of music that listeners and creators alike, be open to exploring new styles rather than remaining stagnant inside our ears' comfort zone of what we deem good listening. On a contrasting note, I do have rigorous standards against which I measure melodies. Now, I am by no means saying that I think my standards are the end all be all in judgement, but I do truly believe in respecting the roots of music. I will leave that statement open to your interpretation as all musical reception is open-ended to its listener.

Secondly, the concept of the documentary is fantastic! The shared lessons of collaborating with such contrasting styles has to have bode a phenomenal outcome. The crux of the film – to discover how our musical past is influencing the future - is a timeless theme that will continue to evolve with music forever. And lastly, I'm excited for the all-star lineup. The chance to see DJ Premier working hand in hand with the Berklee Orchestra, and Miss Badu and Mos Def drop knowledge is never to be missed so get your tickets for Thursday's show here