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May 8, 2012
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SNOWMASS VILLAGE -Music fans looking for the full range of sounds - old and new, familiar and foreign, rocking and mellow, from New Orleans and L.A., Chicago and Colorado - will have it all delivered to them this summer on Fanny Hill. The lineup of acts for the long-running, much-loved Snowmass Free Concert Series has been announced, and it features the usual array of genres."We are excited to have a great blend of music styles/genres from different regions, which we feel is a great summer presentation for this wonderful tradition on Thursday nights in Snowmass Village," said Joe Lang, president of Tumbleweed Productions, which takes over as presenter of the series this year.The series opens June 28 with Firefall, the Boulder-based soft-rock group whose biggest hits, "You Are the Woman" and "Just Remember I Love You," date back to the mid-'70s. The band is still led by singer-guitarist Jock Bartley, a former member of Gram Parsons' group, the Fallen Angels. Firefall got its start in the '70s by playing shows in Aspen.The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band follows on July 5. The Indiana-based trio, which plays an aggressive, punk-fueled take on folk-blues, has performed at the Bonnaroo Festival and played a five-night stand last summer at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.Monophonics, a San Francisco group that mixes old soul with psychedelic jams, makes its local debut July 12. The Quick and Easy Boys, an r&b band whose sound is influenced by the contemporary soul group TV on the Radio, makes its first area appearance on July 19.Pure Prairie League, the country-rock band that traces its roots back to Ohio in the late '60s, returns to Fanny Hill July 26. The group, which has featured lead singers Vince Gill and Craig Fuller, had its biggest hit with 1972's "Amie."The Honey Island Swamp Band, a roots-rock quintet from New Orleans, makes its area debut on Aug. 2. Van Ghost, a jam-rock group from Chicago, is set for Aug. 9; the group features singer-trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick, who collaborates frequently with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio.The series closes Aug. 16 with Chali 2Na, a California rapper who has been a founding member of hip-hop group Jurassic 5 and the eclectic multicultural group Ozomatli.All concerts in the series begin at 6:15 p.m. on Fanny Hill, and admission is free.

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The Aspen Times Updated May 8, 2012 06:29PM Published May 8, 2012 06:26PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.