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7908 The Aspen Songwriter's Festival: Great Expectations from Aspen's Great Indoors

Lights, Here Comes ActionLights, Here Comes ActionASPEN, CO - Friday: Abundant sunshine. Saturday: A good amount of sunshine. Sunday: Bright sunshine, pleasant. The local papers have run out of adjectives to describe the flawless fall temperatures; it’s so ridiculously beautiful in Aspen these days, we might start calling it Pleasantville. Or Oz. And so, it’s a true testament to the abundance of 7908 The Aspen Songwriter’s Festival that festival-goers left the plentiful fall colors of the great outdoors to step into the darker, cooler confines of the Wheeler Opera House.

Happily, there was plentiful scenery and ever-changing colors across the Wheeler stage, as well. The Aspen Songwriter’s Festival, John Oates’ labor of love and dedication, kicked off Thursday afternoon with some excellent complimentary beer from Aspen Brewing Company, followed by festival opener, musical super-talent and comedic genius Mike Rayburn.


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A-Trak and Ecto Cooler Set to Electrify Belly Up Aspen

The nonstop nature of the holiday hustle and bustle is finally winding down. If your season has been anything like mine, you've reached the tell tale breaking point. I'm not quite sure whether it's time to go into a week of hibernation to recover, or roll with the party momentum and push on till the day, so to say. Sticking to my tried and true mantra, "buy the ticket, take the ride" I'll put on my game face, and head over to the Belly Up Aspen to catch electronic DJ magic as A-Trak and Ecto Cooler take the stage.


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A-Trak and Ecto Cooler Set to Electrify Belly Up Aspen

If you're yet to catch a show at the exceptional Belly Up Aspen venue, there's no time like the present. The DJ showcase is set to electrify the crowd this Wednesday, January 4th at 9:00 pm. Let A-Trak and Ecto Cooler be the soundtrack to get 2012 started on the right foot.


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Aspen Events: The 10 Best Summer Festivals in Aspen, Colorado

The Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenThe Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenSummertime in Aspen is synonymous with a jam-packed festival season. As Memorial Day fades into a distant memory, Aspen’s summer high season is beginning to peep its head around the corner. The highway switchback over Independence Pass is open, eateries have lined streets and patios with tables and chairs for dining al fresco, impromptu ultimate Frisbee games are taking place in Paepcke Park, and jeans and boots are being shed like rattlesnake-skin for swimsuits and flip flops. All are surefire signs of summer in the Rockies.


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Aspen Events: The 10 Best Summer Festivals in Aspen, Colorado

The Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenThe Aspen Community Bulletin Board Announces Festivals and Events in Downtown AspenSummertime in Aspen is synonymous with a jam-packed festival season. As Memorial Day fades into a distant memory, Aspen’s summer high season is beginning to peep its head around the corner. The highway switchback over Independence Pass is open, eateries have lined streets and patios with tables and chairs for dining al fresco, impromptu ultimate Frisbee games are taking place in Paepcke Park, and jeans and boots are being shed like rattlesnake-skin for swimsuits and flip flops. All are surefire signs of summer in the Rockies.


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BellyUp Aspen Welcome's Jeff Daniels the Musician, With or Without the Moped

Jeff Daniels the MusicianJeff Daniels the Musician Aspen, CO -"You know, my dad taught me to drive a stick when I was around 16, too. We went out in his silver Scirocco and drove around and around this empty parking lot, after dark, for what seemed like months," I told actor, playwright turned singer-songwriter Jeff Daniels, recalling what must have been a very painful process for both my dad, and his nice car.

"Oh, I can still smell that clutch burning!" said Daniels, with a chuckle, taking a break from driving to chat in a good cell zone. He’s on the road with his wife Kathleen, their two Australian Shepherds and their 42-foot recreational vehicle, on nation-wide tour and making their way to Aspen for this Friday’s show at the BellyUp.


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Coming Attractions: A Chit Chat with Electro-Super Duo Ratatat

If you saw J.J. Abraham’s stomach-churning camcorder blockbuster Cloverfield, you’re already familiar with the Brooklyn-based electronic post-techno duo Ratatat. Before the monster emerged from the Hudson River with Godzilla-like rage and began bashing iconic Manhattan landmarks into smithereens, Ratatat’s post-techno instrumental grooves reverberated through the background of a fashionable loft party in gentrified Greenwich Village.

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Ratatat’s Evan Mast, aka E*vax, laughed when asked about the song being worked into the soundtrack of the doomsday movie: “There was so much secrecy around the entire project. They just told us who the director was. They wouldn’t show us clips or give us a brief description. It was a real leap of faith for us.” Mast continued, “It was cool how the song echoed through the scene, like it was recorded in that room. But the movie sucked.”

I talked to Mast before the group’s free March 27th gig at the base of Ajax, next to the Snow Queen Gondola.


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Fall's Here, Time to Boogie Down at the Belly Up

Snoop Dogg performing at Belly Up: Snoop Dogg performing live at Belly Up Club in Aspen, Co.Snoop Dogg performing at Belly Up: Snoop Dogg performing live at Belly Up Club in Aspen, Co.ASPEN, CO - With Labor Day now behind us, we're entering the last calm before the winter storm. As many of us sit waiting, antsy for that first powder day we can rip down the mountain with a summer's worth of wanting fueling our skis, we forget to cool our jets and enjoy what our short but sweet Fall has to offer. At the front of my to do list for this fall, live music at the Belly Up Aspen!


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Keller Williams is coming to the Vilar Center!!!

My Golden Ticket to see Keller Williams at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek on Thursday January 13th, 2011My Golden Ticket to see Keller Williams at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek on Thursday January 13th, 2011 Aspen, CO - Music moves me... and it surely soothes the soul of this savage beast as well!! It's notes move through me like a cool running creek and I NEED it in my life like I need air to breathe. Many of you reading this might think I'm being a bit dramatic but those of you who feel as I do about music and those who make it KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THIS CHICK IS TALKIN' ABOUT!!
I was lucky enough to grow up ½ hour away from a pretty large outdoor amphitheater, Saratoga Performing Arts Center or SPAC for those of you out there who might be from the part of the country that I spent my “early life” rocking it out. Friends and I spent countless summer hours hanging out in the parking lot, before the shows, playing Frisbee, smoking ciggies and swilling a bit of sauce yet we all knew why we were really there!!! Whether it was Eric Clapton, Elton John, Heart, The Steve Miller Band, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Phish, Ozzy Osbourne, etc., it was ALWAYS about the music that was going to fill our ears and the melodies that would get our feet moving and for that I am and will be forever grateful!!


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Messin With Texas in Aspen

It’s an all-Texas Weekend at the Wheeler Opera House.