ASPEN - Plans are coming together for the Bud Light Spring Jam
in late March, an annual Aspen Skiing Co. event that will feature a big-air competition on Aspen Mountain and two nights of parties on downtown streets with live music.
On Monday, the Aspen City Council gave its blessing to street closures and noise variances associated with the event. The vote was 4-0, with Councilman Derek Johnson abstaining from the decision because he is employed by Skico.
The big-air contest is set to take place on the Little Nell run, just west of the Silver Queen Gondola building, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on March 23. The event will be held under the lights and will feature top regional skiers and snowboarders competing for $7,000 in prizes.
A DJ and announcer will be manning the public-address system from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Skico will conduct a light test on the mountain between 8 and 10 p.m. on March 17.
The two parties, at the corner of East Cooper Avenue and South Galena Street, are scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. on March 29 and 30. Street closures will be in effect in that area after 4 p.m. each day.
Entertainment has been lined up for each night. On March 29, MarchFourth Marching Band, a musical and performance group based in Portland, Ore., will perform. The band plays instrumental brass band music in a marching band style, combined with a visual performance by stiltwalkers and fire- and flag-dancers.
On March 30, Grouplove, an indie rock band formed in 1996 with members from the United States and England, will perform. The group includes Hannah Hooper (vocals, keys), Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar), Sean Gadd (bass, vocals), Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals) and Ryan Rabin (drums). In November 2011, the band's second single "Tongue Tied" appeared in an iPod Touch commercial. The song grew in popularity, and, after 26 consecutive weeks on the Modern Rock radio chart, hit No. 1 in mid-2012.
A memorandum from City Clerk Kathryn Koch to council members states that Skico will deliver letters to every business and residence in close proximity of the events so that they will know about the street closures and the noise.
The event is free and open to the public.