Chili Fest rounds out musical lineup
SNOWMASS VILLAGE Bluegrass, jazz and reggae will be on tap along with cold beer and hot chili for this years Chili Pepper & Brew Fest in Snowmass Village.Organizers whetted the appetite of festival attendees last month with the announcement that Grammy-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley would headline during the festival, June 8-10. On Tuesday, they announced the rest of the musical lineup: The David Grisman Quintet, Del McCoury Band, Papa Mali, Spencer Durham Group, Sweet Sunny South and local musician Smokin Joe Kelly.The festival, now in its fourth year, also features microbrew and International Chili Society competitions and tastings. Opening day Friday, June 8 brings the Chili Societys Front Range District Chili Cookoff and Tasting, a sanctioned competition in the categories of chili red, chili verde and chili salsa, followed by public tastings. In addition, more than 40 microbrews will compete for best summer ale honors.The days music features old-time acoustic bluegrass from Paonia-based Sweet Sunny South, followed by bluegrass legend/Grammy winner Del McCoury and his band and mandolinist/composer David Grisman, whose acoustic instrumental style might best be termed jazz/bluegrass fusion.Saturday, June 9 will feature the 9th annual Hot Times Regional Championship chili competition, formerly held in Cripple Creek, Colo., followed by public tastings. Party pass holders can also sample microbrews from around the country.Southern rock/blues band the Spencer Durham Group opens the music, followed by singer/songwriter/slide guitarist Papa Mali, whose musical tastes range from funk, soul and gospel to blues, reggae and swamp boogie. Jamaican reggae man Ziggy Marley headlines on Saturday night.Sunday, June 10 is free day at the festival, featuring the Peoples Choice Chili and locals home-brew competitions. Local musician Smokin Joe Kelly, former guitarist for Ike and Tina Turner, will perform.Tickets for the festival are $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday for a festival pass that includes access to the outdoor concerts on Fanny Hill and to food, beer and wine concessionaires. Ten bucks more buys a party pass (for those 21 and older), allowing unlimited access to microbrew tastings and chili samplings. A $50 weekend party pass is also available. Children under 12 are admitted free.Capacity is limited; tickets are available in advance at http://www.snowmasschiliandbrew.com.
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