Arrested Development keeps with Skico’s theme | AspenTimes.com

Arrested Development keeps with Skico’s theme

Stewart Oksenhorn

The Aspen Skiing Co. gets no points for giving sufficient notice of its concerts this season. Word that the Roots, John Legend and Ozomatli would play the Wagner Park gigs during X Games weekend came shockingly close to curtain time. But better a late warning of a really good show than long advance word on something mediocre.Skico is up to its tricks again. The news that Arrested Development would play the free Spring Jam Core Party today arrived in the middle of this past week. The band plays on a stage at the east end of the Cooper Avenue mall, with the downtown portion of Cooper Avenue closed off to auto traffic.Skico is showing as much consistency with its musical acts as it is with its late announcements. Like the Roots and Ozomatli, Arrested Development is on the leading edge of making hip-hop-oriented sounds that are spiritually uplifting and musically sophisticated. Formed as a gangsta act by rapper Speech and DJ Headliner at the Atlanta Institute of the Arts in the late ’80s, Arrested Development was inspired by Public Enemy to turn toward life-affirming themes while still confronting social issues. After three years, five months and two days pursuing a record deal, the group issued its first album: “Three Years, Five Months and Two Days in the Life of … ,” which sold 5 million copies and earned Arrested Development the honor of Rolling Stone’s band of the year. After several more noteworthy recordings, the group disbanded in 1996. They returned with “Among the Trees,” released in Europe last year.The Core Party begins at 8:30 with another Atlanta band, El Pus, opening.The next big Skico music event is a Hi-Fi Concert set for Snowmass on April 10. Meaning we’re still weeks away from finding out exactly who will be performing. In keeping with their stylistic precedent, Jurassic 5 would be nice.


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