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Aspen Times Weekly: Current Events

Pioneering punk band X will perform Sunday, April 5 at Belly Up Aspen.
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It’s hard to overstate the impact and influence of the Los Angeles punk band X. Founded nearly four decades ago, in 1977, the foursome was the West Coast answer to the Ramones, playing a gritty rockabilly rock that became an elemental sound of American punk.

Groundbreaking albums like 1980’s “Los Angeles” and 1981’s “Wild Gift” consistently still make it onto “best albums ever” lists from rock magazines and websites and continue to connect with new generations of disaffected youth turning to punk rock for solace.

The original members of the band — singer Exene Cervenka, singer/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer DJ Bonebrake — have stayed together through the decades. They’re currently on a national tour that brings X to Belly Up Aspen on Sunday, April 5.

For the current tour, the band has reimagined much of its catalog with new acoustic arrangements and added sounds — including vibraphone from Bonebrake and saxophone parts by Zoom. Making old songs new again, with interpretations of “Beyond & Back,” “Los Angeles” and others, is helping keep the band creatively alive as it nears its fourth decade.

The buzzworthy duo Folk Uke opens the show. Comprised of singer-songwriters Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie (that would be Willie and Arlo’s daughters, respectively) Folk Uke plays a clever brand of Americana.

The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available at the Belly Up box office or Read the Aspen Times Weekend section on Friday, April 3 for more on X and an interview with DJ Bonebrake.


The opening night of Aspen Film’s Shortsfest will showcase an unconventional new take on filmmaking in {The And} Game. An interactive performance and live film event, it will ask the Wheeler Opera House audience to take part not only as viewers, but participants. Co-creators Topaz Adizes and Nathan Phillips will host the evening, filming people in relationships as they ask one another some probing, fascinating questions.

“It requires an adventurous and curious audience,” says Aspen Film artistic director Laura Thielen. “It will be a lot of fun.”

The game is Tuesday, April 7 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the Wheeler box office or


The University of Colorado’s Backcountry Brass Quintet has been in the valley teaching middle and high school band programs, as part of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Musical Odysseys Reaching Everyone (MORE) program.

The talented young musicians will cap their local residency off with a free, interactive performance at the Basalt Regional Library on Friday, April 3.

The show is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. More information at