Coming up at Belly Up Aspen
ASPEN The U.S. Air Guitar Championships hit the Belly Up Aspen stage this week. So do Ani DiFranco, Infected Mushroom and The Ranconteurs.Todd Rundgrens gig at the club has, by the way, been moved back from July 12 to July 15. Tickets sold to the July 12 show will be honored on the new date. And, John Hiatt and his band recently scheduled at September date at the Belly Up.Swiped shamelessly off the Belly Up Aspen website, heres whats coming up:June 16 – Above and Beyond with JaytechTickets: $18 in advance, $20 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Trance music trio of Jonathan Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamki are known for their remixes and progressive trance productions. Australian mixer Jimbo Cayzer, a.k.a. Jaytech to open.June 17 – US Air Guitar ChampionshipsTickets: $13 in advance, $16 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.An Aspen stop on the American tour competitors perform a song of their choosing in round 1, then the top 5 perform a surprise number for round 2. Contestants judged on stage presence, technical merit and airness. All guitars must be invisible.June 18 – Ani DiFranco with Martyn JosephTickets: $52 in advance, $56 day of show SOLD OUT Doors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Touring in support of her first career retrospective, Canon, released last September, she has been described as a folkie in punks clothing the singer-songwriter who emerged as one of the most influential and inspirational cult heroines of the 1990s. British singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph to open.June 19 – Infected MushroomTickets: $30Doors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Los Angeles-based trance duo singer Amit Duvdev Duvedevani and keyboardist Erez Eisen are back in Aspen for a JAS After Dark appearance, following the days Jazz Aspen Snowmass concert.June 20 – The RaconteursTickets: $150Doors: 9 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.When The Raconteurs announced news of their debut album in early 2006, they described themselves as a new band made up of old friends. The four members, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, Jack LJ Lawrence and Jack White, were all established in their own right Brendan as a solo artist, Patrick and LJ as the rhythm section of The Greenhornes and Jack as one half of The White Stripes. The show is a beneft for the Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club, Aspen Youth Experience, The Buddy Program and Jazz Aspen Snowmass.June 21 – The Presidents of the United States of AmericaTickets: $27 in advance, $30 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Post-grunge alternative rock trio out of Seattle, they broke up in 97 and reunited at the urging of fans. Theyre back in Aspen for a JAS After Dark appearance, following the days Jazz Aspen Snowmass concert.June 22 – The Puppini SistersTickets: $15 in advance, $17 day of showDoors: 7 p.m.Showtime: 8 p.m.Trio specializing in 1940s-style close harmony vocals. The members are Italian Marcella Puppini and English Stephanie OBrien and Kate Mullins.June 23 – PremaSoul and DJ RekhaTickets: $15 in advance, $18 day of showDoors: 7:30 p.m.Showtime: 8 p.m.L.A.-based ensemble PremaSoul fuses Indian melodies and mantras with jazz, blues and R&B after DJ Rekha spins Indian grooves.June 24 – Dilated Peoples, The Alchemist, Aceylone and 88-KeysTickets: $28 in advance, $32 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.A night of hip-hop with the Fresh Rhymes and Videotape tour, presented by Decon.June 25 – John OatesTickets: $30Doors: 7:30 p.m.Showtime: 8 p.m.Lyrically Speaking event, presented by the Aspen Writers Foundation, features Oates telling The Stories Behind the Songs. The Woody Creek resident will be interviewed by local musician, writer and music critic Daniel Shaw, and will perform classic Hall & Oates hits and songs from his new solo album 1000 Miles of Life.June 26 – Whos BadTickets: $18 in advance, $22 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Michael Jackson tribute band on the Neverland Victory Tour, paying homage to the self-proclaimed King of Pop from his early years in the Jackson 5 to the present.June 27 – Cashd OutTickets: $20 in advance, $22 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.The premier Johnny Cash tribute band (they performed at the recent opening of the Johnny Cash Exhibit at the Fender Museum).June 29 – Israel Vibration with Outlaw NationTickets: $25 in advance, $28 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Harmonious roots reggae from the duo of Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss), a.k.a. Israel Vibration. Outlaw Nation opens with its brand of reggae soul.June 30 – Wild ChildTickets: $27 in advance, $30 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.The Doors cover band out of L.A. They faithfully reproduce a Doors live concert, fronted by Dave Brock who, by all accounts, does Jim Morrison justice.July 2 – Purple ReignTickets: $28 in advance, $30 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.The hits of Prince, with frontman Jason Tenner.July 5 – Blues TravelerTickets: $48 in advance, $53 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 9 p.m.Frontman John Popper and his blues/rock jam band are back.July 5 – DJ Z-TripTickets: $22 in advance, $25 day of showDoors: 11:45 p.m.Showtime: 11:59 p.m.DJ who opened for the Rolling Stones and gets credit as the founding father of the mash-up movement spins.July 6 – Steve EarleTickets: $33 in advance, $35 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Singer-songwriter offers a solo, acoustic show. With Grammy-nominated alt-country singer Allison Moorer.July 7 – Black FrancisTickets: $20 in advance, $22 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Singer, songwriter, guitarist and former frontman of indie rock band The Pixies, and later, Frank Black and The Catholics, Frank Black (born Charles Michael Kittridge) released a new album, Bluefinger, last year, under his former stage name and the name of his latest touring act, Black Francis.July 10 – Boy GeorgeTickets: $60 in advance, $65 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.The lead singer from 80s group Culture Club sings the groups biggest hits (i.e. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? and Karma Chameleon) and tunes from his solo career (think The Crying Game.)July 11 – Cowboy Junkies with MonahansTickets: $35 in advance, $40 day of showDoors: 7:30 p.m.Showtime: 9:30 p.m.Canadian quartet featuring three siblings, including the distinctive lead vocals of Margo Timmins, returns to the Belly Up stage. The band recently released Trinity Revisted, inspired by their breakthrough 1988 album, The Trinity Session. Austin/San Francisco-based band Monahans to open.July 13-14 – Lez ZeppelinTickets: $25 in advance, $28 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.The all-female Led Zeppelin cover band is back for two nights, performing Led Zeppelin II in its entirety on July 13 and a completely different show on July 14.July 15 – Todd RundgrenTickets: $33 in advance, $35 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 9 p.m.Singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist best known for hits like Hello Its Me, I Saw the Light and Can We Still Be Friends.July 17 – Jonny LangTickets: $50 in advance, $55 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Grammy-winning blues guitarist and singer, hes toured with the likes of the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Jeff Beck.July 18 – Andrew Bird with DoshTickets: $26 in advance, $28 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist has 10 albums to his credit seven studio albums, both solo and with his former group the Bowl of Fire, and three live albums. His latest, Armchair Apocrypha, was released in March 2007.July 19 – Leo KottkeTickets: $25 to $40Doors: 7 p.m.Showtime: 8 p.m.Celebrated acoustic guitar virtuoso known for his idiosyncratic fingerpicking style and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies, playing solo on 6- and 12-string guitars. Expect vocal and instrumental selections. Tickets are $25 for standing room only, $30 general admission (upper seating), $35 general admission (floor seating) and $40 for reserved seating.July 20 – Junkie XLTickets: $18 in advance, $20 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Dutch-born musician, producer, remixer and one-man band Tom Holkenborg, a.k.a. Junkie XL, has become synonymous with electronic dance music. With the arrival of his fifth proper studio album comes his 2008 Booming Back at You tour.July 21 – Ottmar Liebert and Luna NegraTickets: $26 in advance, $28 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 9 p.m.Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling guitarist and composer who has released instrumental 23 albums since 1990, when his debut album went double-platinum.July 25 – Hells BellesTickets: $28 in advance, $30 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.All-female, AC/DC tribute band.July 31 – Joshua James and Corey Chisel and the Wandering SonsTickets: No coverDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 9 p.m.Two up-and-coming singer-songwriters take the stage.Aug. 2 – The Crystal MethodTickets: $28 in advance, $30 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Big-beat electronic dance grooves with duo Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland.Aug. 9 – Pat Benatar and Neil GiraldoTickets: $75 in advance, $80 day of show ($225 reserved seating available)Doors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 9 p.m.The four-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum recording artist released her first single, Heartbreaker, in 1979, scoring an immediate hit. Follow-up singles Hit Me With Your Best Shot and Love is a Battlefield solidified her position in pop rock history. Producer/songwriter/guitarist Giraldo, Benatar’s husband, has been there since the launch of her career. Aug. 14 – UB40Tickets: $75 in advance, $80 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 9 p.m.English reggae band that has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and socred more than 50 singles on the UK charts with hits like Red Red Wine, Cant Help Falling in Love With You and I Got You Babe.Aug. 16 – Patty GriffinTickets: $38 in advance, $42 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Singer-songwriters 2007 release, Children Running Through, echoes a variety of styles, including classic rhythm and blues and gospel music.Aug. 17 – Amos LeeTickets: $20 in advance, $22 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Singer-songwriter of jazz fusion, soul and folk whos toured with the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Paul Simon and Merl Haggard. He followed up his well-received, self-titled 2005 debut with a second studio release, Supply and Demand, in 2006, featuring material penned mostly backstage, onstage at soundchecks, or in hotel rooms, as Lee and his band spent the better part of three years on the road. Rolling Stone said the Philadelphia native is rightly tagged as the male counterpart to Norah Jones meaning his debut album is on Jones label, jazz giant Blue Note, and he mines the same vein of breezy folk and soul music.Aug. 19 – The WaifsTickets: $18 in advance, $20 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.Folk/rock trio.August 20 – Boz Scaggs with David Jacobs-StrainTickets: $80 in advance, $85 day of show ($350 reserved seating available)Doors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 9 p.m.He first found acclaim as a member of the Steve Miller Band before going on to solo success in the 1970s. His commercial breakthrough came with 1976s “Silk Degrees,” which reached No. 2 on the album charts and spawned the single Lowdown. Finger-style and slide guitarist David Jacobs-Strain to open.Aug. 25 – KT TunstallTickets: $35 in advance, $38 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.This Scottish acoustic pop/rock singer-songwriter has sold more than 4 million albums, picked up 3 BRIT Awards and 2 Grammy nominations since her debut album, Eye to the Telescope, hit the airwaves in late 2004. With Martha Wainwright to open.Sept. 4 – John Hiatt and The Ageless BeautiesTickets: $62 in advance, $67 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 9 p.m.Singer-songwriter-guitarist, and an 11-time Grammy nominee, performs with his band.Sept. 17 – Burning SpearTickets: $38 in advance, $40 day of showDoors: 8 p.m.Showtime: 10 p.m.A Jamaican-born Grammy-winning reggae pioneer.
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