Bringing back the bash |

Bringing back the bash

Doug Rhinehart

The Deaf Camp Picnic, a benefit for the 45-year-old Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, returns this weekend after a 15-year hiatus. The event features free performances tonight at Snowmass’ Base Village, and ticketed performances on Saturday on Snowmass’ Fanny Hill.

Tonight’s music begins at 6 with a tribute to the late John Denver, a frequent Deaf Camp Picnic performer in the ‘70s. Playing will be Chris Nole and Pete Hutlinger, former members of Denver’s band, and Mack Bailey, who has regularly participated in the Musical Tribute to John Denver concerts at the Wheeler Opera House. Playing in between sets will be Rich Ganson.

Tomorrow’s concert is headlined by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, playing at 7. Also on the bill are Starwood at 2; Timbermill at 3; Mack Bailey, Chris Nole & Pete Hutlinger, with Rachel Levy, at 4; and Billy Dean at 5:30. The even closes with the weekend’s performers gathering for another John Denver tribute, at 8:15.

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