‘American Idol’ plays Belly Up Aspen
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Belly Up Aspen owner Michael Goldberg has never watched TV’s “American Idol,” but that didn’t stop the local nightclub from booking “Idol” sensation David Cook for what will undoubtedly be a sold-out show Saturday night.
The singer-songwriter won season seven of the reality TV singing competition over runner-up David Archuleta and released a self-titled CD six months later that went platinum.
According to the Belly Up’s online bio of Cook, he rewrote history when 11 of his songs debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart – the highest number of new entries in a single week by an artist since the Beatles in 1964.
“He did a really successful spring tour, selling out everywhere,” Goldberg said.
That, in itself, doesn’t ensure an artist will resonate with an Aspen audience, but Goldberg ran Cook’s name past a group of informal advisors (he consults different folks for artists of different genres). They resoundingly endorsed booking the club’s first appearance by an “American Idol” winner.
“I’m excited to see the show. There are a whole lot of people who are excited to see this show,” said Goldberg, predicting a sellout.
There were fewer than 100 tickets left for Cook’s performance by early Friday afternoon. Tickets purchased Saturday are priced at $45.
FYI to Cook’s teen fans: Anyone under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the Belly Up show.
From Aspen, Cook heads to Beaver Creek to kick off the summer concert series Sunday at the Villar Center for the Arts.
Incidentally, next month will bring a different sort of star power to the Belly Up stage, when part-time local resident/actor Kevin Costner plays the nightclub. Tickets are $35 in advance and $38 on the day of the July 17 show.
Kevin Costner and Modern West played the Belly Up previously for an invitation-only gig.
“There was a line around the block and an awful lot of people who wanted to get in,” Goldberg recalled.
Costner and his band released “Untold Truths” last November, featuring a rock/roots/Americana sound.
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