ASPEN - Winter X Games, Presidents Day weekend and spring skiing are all strong attractions. So consider Aspen Skiing Co.'s Hi-Fi Concert Series, which brings free outdoor concerts to the slopes at the busiest times of the ski season, a few juicy cherries on the sundae.
The 2012-13 season opened in late November, with neo-rockabilly act the Reverend Horton Heat adding a kick to the weekend of Thanksgiving and the women's World Cup ski races. The concerts get back into gear Jan. 25 at Aspen's Gondola Plaza, spicing up the Winter X Games with the sounds of Mutemath, an adventurous alt-rock band from New Orleans.
For Presidents Day weekend, the Hi-Fi series plays both sides of the aisle, appealing to lovers of both classic rock and reggae. Easy Star All Stars, a New York-based reggae group that has built a reputation by reinterpreting albums by Radiohead and The Beatles, does its "Dub Side of the Moon," a Jamaican twist on Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon," on Feb. 16 at Snowmass' Base Village.
Brett Dennen, a California folk-rocker who has played at Bonnaroo, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee's Summerfest, will perform March 22 at Base Village, coinciding with the NASTAR National Championships. Another act, still to be determined, will perform March 21.
This year's Hi-Fi Core Party, in downtown Aspen, gets extended to two nights, March 29 and 30. March Fourth Marching Band, a theatrical troupe from Oregon, is set for March 29. Grouplove, an indie rock band from Brooklyn, N.Y., plays March 30.