A-Basin still rockin’ | AspenTimes.com

A-Basin still rockin’

Leslie Brefield
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
That Eighties Band plays A-Basin on May 26. (Contributed photo)

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. ” Skiers and riders who just won’t say die to the 2006-07 season will be treated to live music by regional bands ” with an accompanying rail jam session ” on Saturday afternoons at Arapahoe Basin through May. The final weekend in May the Basin closes out the free concert season with the 6th annual Festival of the Brewpubs and shows on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Memorial Day holiday.

Joanna Pane leads the vocals and keyboards for this indie rock band. Pane describes herself and bassist Phil Woods as classically trained, while guitar and saxophone player Thomas DeLong and drummer Jonathan Schmidt are more influenced by hard rock, which adds the edge to their piano-based sound.

“It’s all really vocally centric,” Pane said, noting the songs are often of a socially conscious nature. “If you can write about it, that can reach people through music.”

Rock band Nocturnal Tomatoes returns to A-Basin’s May concert series to perform for its fourth year.

“Really, it’s one of the greatest shows we do all year because they treat us great and we get an opportunity to play facing the mountain, at about 11,000 feet,” said singer and guitar player Jonny Nelson. He and bassist Parker Hise and drummer Craig Tomanini round out the three-piece group from Colorado Springs.

The A-Basin stop will kick off the Tomatoes’ summer gigging tour, which will take them through the rest of Colorado, Texas, Oregon and Washington state. The five-year-old band just released a CD of original music and is also involved in a music venue and rehearsal space Tomanini just opened in Colorado Springs called, The Green Room.

Don’t expect a lot of extended jams out of Double Parked. “We try to have a tight sound structure,” guitarist Adam Stern said. He said the band, which includes Bill McKay on keyboards and vocals, Mike McCluer on bass, Paul Cohen on sax and Chad Johnson on drums, has a lot of musical interests varying from reggae to country to metal. Where they come together is in classic American rock.

“We do a lot of delving into things like blues and jazz, roots music,” Stern said.

They are planning to record a five-song CD beginning this week.

All that is ’80s fashion and music come to A-Basin for their final Saturday show in May. Travis Lee Roth, who leads the band on vocals and plays bass, said they’ve found a niche in recreating the ’80s vibe.

“We enjoy the music, have a great time doing it, and there’s a little bit of a demand for it,” he said. “We could probably be booked every night in Denver.”

Roth predicted the audience will know every song they play, which includes covers of Billy Idol, Prince, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. That Eighties Band has been performing together for four years and includes Sara Sixx on vocals and keyboard, Mick Springfield on guitar and Kevin Coverdale on drums.

The Memorial Day weekend music continues at A-Basin that Sunday with Jubal and DJ Jammin Sounds to accompany the 6th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs; local jamband High Five performs on Monday the 28th.

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