Aspenites Susie and Joe Krabacher long ago recognized the need for aid in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, and formed the Mercy & Sharing Foundation, which focuses on Haitian children. With the recent earthquake that need has been amplified, and the Krabachers are reaching out to the Aspen community to join the effort. Giving them a big hand is Aspen’s community of musicians, who will play at the Benefit Concert for Haiti Children, Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Wheeler Opera House. Among those scheduled to appear are John Oates, Bobby Mason, Jimmy Ibbotson, the Crowlin Ferlies and Derek Brown. The event also includes a silent auction, and all proceeds go to the Mercy & Sharing Foundation.
The Massachusetts husband-and-wife couple Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison find an abundance of emotions as they explore the relationship between man and nature in their photographs. Typical is “Ascension,” a work from their Counterpoint series. A bird, its body tattered and its feathers scattered, is being tossed into a blue sky by a pair of human hands. The bird’s condition is sad, as is the fact that the creature had been captured to begin with. But the piece also speaks of release, and the way the man’s head is tilted back, looking heavenward, adds a spiritual feeling. A selection of pieces from Counterpoint will be shown in the ParkeHarrisons’ debut exhibition at the David Floria Gallery; it opens with a reception for the artists on Friday, Feb. 12.
Luther Dickinson has to be counted as a profound talent in roots and rock music. The 37-year-old guitarist joined the Black Crowes a few years ago; the band’s reinvigoration was capped with the release of the magnificent “Before the Frost … After the Freeze.” Dickinson took time out from hard rocking to pick up the mandolin and join Southern bluesmen Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus to form the South Memphis String Band and record the old-timey “Home Sweet Home” album. And to honor his father, the late musician and producer Jim Dickinson, Luther assembled a group of players for “Onward and Upward,” a collection of gospel tunes recorded at Jim’s Zebra Ranch Studio. All of those albums were released in 2009, but when Dickinson appears in Aspen this week, it will be with the band that he first gained fame with, the blues-rock trio North Mississippi Allstars, which includes his brother Cody and their childhood friend, Chris Chew. They play Belly Up on Thursday, Feb. 11.
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