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Chili Fest promises hot licks

Aspen Times Staff
Jonny Lang will headline at the Chili Pepper & Brew Fest in Snowmass Village in June. (Stewart Oksenhorn/The Aspen Times)
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Rocker/bluesman Jonny Lang and improv jazz group Medeski, Martin & Wood will headline at this years Chili Pepper & Brew Fest in Snowmass Village.The musical lineup for the third annual festival, June 9-11, also includes the Wood Brothers, bluesman Sean Costello, singer/songwriter Trevor Hall and funk band Little Hercules.Also on tap, of course, are microbrews and chili.Medeski, Martin & Wood take the Fanny Hill stage on Friday, June 9. The group, which has performed previously on the Jazz Aspen Snowmass stage, straddles the gap between avant-garde improvisation and accessible groove-based jazz, according to the festival promotional literature.The Wood Brothers, the guitar/bass duo of Chris Wood and his brother Oliver, will open for Medeski, Martin & Wood. The brothers, with their blend of blues, folk and rock, make their local debut. Also on the Friday bill is Minturn-based Little Hercules.Guitar/vocal phenom Lang, who headlines on Saturday night, June 10, began his career at age 13; by 19, hed garnered a Grammy nomination and two platinum albums. The now-22-year-old Langs new album, Long Time Coming is scheduled for release this fall, and Snowmass will be the first Colorado venue where fans can hear Langs latest in concert, according to festival organizers. Lang’s previous local appearances include performances on the Jazz Aspen Snowmass stage. Opening for Lang is Sean Costello, who has produced four albums, and toured and recorded with blues singer Susan Tedeschi. The Saturday bill also features singer/songwriter Trevor Hall making his local debut.On both Friday and Saturday, additional late night acts will appear at the Blue Door night club in Snowmass. On Sunday, Aspens funky six-piece band, Waste Deep, takes the Fanny Hill stage.The festival will also offer International Chili Society chili tastings for festival-goers. District-level competitions to qualify cooks for the world championships will take place Friday and Saturday. More than 40 microbrews will vie both for the title of Best Summer Ale and for the palates of festival attendees, with samplings on Friday and a grand tasting on Saturday. On Sunday, the average Joe gets his chance to shine with the Peoples Choice Chili Competition and the new Locals Home Brew competition, allowing homebrewers the chance to flaunt their finest fermentations. Tickets to the festival are $15 per day and include access to the outdoor concerts on Fanny Hill and food concessionaires. The $25-per-day party pass allows unlimited access to the microbrew tastings and to sampling different types of chili each day. Tickets are currently available online, while additional regional ticket outlets will be available by mid-April. Visit http://www.snowmasschiliandbrew.com/ for tickets and festival details.


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