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May 8, 2012
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The art of booking acts on Fanny Hill

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - The Thursday night concert series on Fanny Hill had become a staple in Snowmass Village by the time Joe Lang inherited it last fall, he said, so he took it very seriously that the series had to entertain people. The president of Tumbleweed Productions said he had two priorities when organizing this year's event.

"No. 1, it's fun, and No. 2, that it's diverse in accommodating a lot of genres of music," Lang said. "I wanted to think of it as trying to touch multiple genres of music."

He also tried to get a mix of familiar and new acts, with "heritage acts" such as Firefall and Prairie League and bands people might not have heard yet such as Monophonics and the Quick and Easy Boys.

Lang said he slated Boulder-based Firefall to kick off the series on June 28 intentionally. "You got to give 'em the crowd pleaser right out of the box," he said. "I don't think there's a better way of getting things rolling."

One of the objectives Lang has talked with the Snowmass Tourism department about is encouraging people to rediscover the Fanny Hill concerts. He said it's also a new chapter for the area with the Silvertree, a sponsor of the event, changing ownership.

"If you're a fan of live music, there's nothing better than coming up to Fanny Hill on a Thursday evening," he said.

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The Aspen Times Updated May 8, 2012 06:40PM Published May 8, 2012 06:34PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.