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A Parrothead’s delight at Belly Up

Stewart Oksenhorn

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The Belly Up has added another big name to its holiday-season concert lineup. Performing Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Aspen nightclub is … Freddy and the Fishsticks.Not a big enough name for you? Try this one then: Jimmy Buffett. For Freddy and the Fishsticks is the moniker Buffett uses for his occasional under-the-radar gigs and recordings. When Freddy and the Fishsticks were last booked in Aspen, in 1997 at the old Double Diamond, it was Buffett and his band who showed up on stage. When the Freddy and the Fishsticks name appeared on the label of a 45 rpm record some years ago, the voice covering Steve Goodmans Elvis Imitators sounded strikingly similar to one that typically sings of beaches, bars, boats and a tequila drink.Tickets for Freddy and the Fishsticks are $250, with a number of reserved seats for $350. Performing under his own name this past summer, Buffetts A Salty Piece of Land tour played to sellout crowds at such venues as Chicagos Wrigley Field and Philadelphias Citizens Bank Park.In addition, hip-hop/blues group G. Love & Special Sauce has added a second night to their Aspen stand. The group, whose previously announced New Years Eve show at the Belly Up has sold out, will also perform Dec. 30. Tickets for the Dec. 30 show are $35.The Wheeler Opera House has also added a New Years Eve offering to its concert schedule. The concert New Orleans: Alive and Kickin, featuring such New Orleans musicians as singers Marva Wright and Wanda Rouzan, pianist Eddie Bo, trumpeter James Andrews, trombonist Trombone Shorty, the Pinstripe Brass Band and the Taste of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues All Star Band, will have two shows, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Dec. 31 at the Wheeler.Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, a member of Traffic and the writer of hit songs Feelin Alright and Only You Know and I Know, will play the Wheeler Dec. 28.Oklahoma country-rock band Cross Canadian Ragweed, whose album Garage debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard country album charts last month, makes its Aspen debut on Jan. 14 at the Wheeler.Other upcoming shows at the Belly Up include Colorado rocker Big Head Todd and the Monsters (Dec. 27), soul singer Seal (Dec. 28), Super Diamond (Jan. 1-2) and the English Beat (Jan. 19).Additional concerts at the Wheeler include David Bromberg (Jan. 1), Robert Earl Keen (Jan. 9), and Railroad Earth (Jan. 31).Stewart Oksenhorns e-mail address is stewart@aspentimes.com

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