Big Head Todd kicks off winter concerts
Big Head Todd and the Monsters will give a free show on the streets of Aspen to cap off a day of World Cup racing during Thanksgiving weekend.The Colorado-born band will start this year’s Budweiser Hi-Fi Concert Series, arranged by the Aspen Skiing Co. at various sites in Aspen and Snowmass over the course of the ski season.Big Head Todd’s street show is slated for the corner of Hunter and Hyman, where The Offspring played an X Games gig last January. Next month’s event requires City Council approval on Monday, but news of the concert already appears on the resort’s aspensnowmass.com Web site.”It’s not a done deal yet,” said David Laughren of Avalanche Productions, hired by the Skico to produce the concert series. “But we’re excited about it.””We’re very psyched,” said John Rigney, managing director of event marketing for the Skico. “We wanted to kick off this year with a big act … we think Big Head Todd will be a hit here.”The Budweiser Hi-Fi series will again feature six concerts, but Laughren is also working on a couple of extra downtown concerts during ESPN’s Winter X Games at Buttermilk.”The Après X series is going to have some big names,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of names kicking around – a lot of people want to be a part of it.”If we can capitalize with the success we had with Offspring and the other bands last year, we’d love it,” Rigney continued.On Dec. 18, the Hi-Fi series will bring New York singer/songwriter Ari Hest as part of a Storm the Stars event, featuring a nighttime uphill race on Aspen Mountain, Laughren said. Hest’s latest release is “Someone to Tell” on Columbia.Big Head Todd is slated to perform on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., immediately followed by fireworks on Aspen Mountain. The events will cap off a day of World Cup action on the mountain. Aspen will host women’s slalom and giant slalom events on Nov. 26-28.Thanksgiving Day, on Nov. 25, is the scheduled opening of the slopes on Aspen Mountain and at Snowmass.Big Head Todd, a laid-back rock trio formed by Todd Park Mohr, Rob Squires and Brian Nevin while they were attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, hit the mainstream airwaves with its 1993 release, “Sister Sweetly.” This year, the band released its latest studio effort, “Crimes of Passion” and a double CD, “Live at the Fillmore,” featuring well-known songs like “Bittersweet,” “Resignation Superman,” “Broken Hearted Savior” and “Sister Sweetly.”Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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