Dinosaur Jr. kicks off X Games music
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Indie rock trio Dinosaur Jr. kicks off the Winter X Games weekend of music in downtown Aspen with a free concert on Thursday, Jan. 24.
The band takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. at the base of Aspen Mountain.
Dinosaur Jr. emerged from Massachusetts onto the alt rock scene in the late ’80s, releasing songs like “Freak Scene,” “Feel the Pain” and “Just like Heaven.” In 2007, the band released “Beyond,” Dinosaur Jr.’s first album in a decade, with the original lineup of guitarist J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph.
The big-name concerts at Wagner Park in Aspen that had become a staple of the Winter X Games on Friday and Saturday nights in recent years have been discontinued. Live music will, however, be offered at Buttermilk for the first time (see the schedule below).
In conjunction with the games out at Buttermilk, which begin Thursday and conclude Sunday, the resort will debut the new King of Quarters competition at the base of Aspen Mountain.
The invitational event will feature top male skiers and snowboarders competing in a quarterpipe, under the lights, for $30,000 in cash and prizes, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.
The quarterpipe is being constructed on the Little Nell run within walking distance of the gondola plaza. The King of Quarters takes place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. each night. The spectating is free.
The schedule of live music at Buttermilk shapes up like this:
at 5:30 p.m. ” Norwegian singer/songwriter who notched a top 10 single in Europe with a duet with Meat Loaf in 2006.
at 6:15 p.m. ” This quartet, touring in support of its first, self-titled CD, mixes up soul, Delta blues and elements of hip-hop to produce danceable grooves ” or so says expn.com.
at 4 p.m. ” Singer-songwriter Sam Wiley plays rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and provides the vocals for his first album, “No. 7 Kid.” Presumably, he won’t be playing all those instruments at his X Games gig. If he does, maybe they should give him one of the X Games medals.
at 4:30 p.m. ” An actor who may look familiar (think TV’s “Oz,” “Third Watch,” “The Supranos), he first gained fame as an emcee and member of the hip-hop group Brand Nubian. His appearance at the X Games is no surprise ” he does voice-over work for ESPN’s X Games telecasts.
at 5 p.m. ” expn.com labels him a “Swiss reggae sensation” of the dancehall genre. Expect another sensation Tanner Hall ” to share the stage. Hall, of course, is well known for his prowess in the skiing superpipe and slopestyle competitions. We’ll see how well he fares with the mic.
at 6:30 p.m. ” Denver-based DJ noted for his blend of hip-hop, rock, electro and break-beat.
at 6:50 p.m. ” New singer-songwriter-musician with a debut album, “Taking Back Brooklyn,” in the works for release in ’08. A true up-and-comer or a name you’ll never hear again? Only time will tell.
at 4:30 p.m. ” This Aussie, all-girl AC/DC tribute band is no stranger to Aspen audiences. They rock the Belly Up Aspen stage with welcome regularly.
at 5:15 p.m. ” Funk, hip-hop, jazz and Afro-Cuban grooves from a group with a snowsports groove. They’ve been featured on the soundtrack of Warren Miller’s “Off the Grid” and after the X Games, they’ll be playing the Jeep King of the Mountain Championships in Sun Valley in March.
at 5:45 p.m. ” Hip-hop from another group that’s made a mark providing the soundtrack for boarding of all types. They’ve played the U.S. Open of Surfing, Boardstock, the Pro Wakeboard Tour and Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding. Local ski/board flick aficionados likely heard the Underground in TGR’s “Tangerine Dream.”
at 4:30 p.m. ” A quartet of rockers out of Wisconsin (they should handle cold and snow well), these guys released “Golden Daze” and have logged as many tour miles as the X Games athletes. They’ve crossed the U.S. three times and toured Canada from east to west once.
at 5:45 p.m. ” Watch for an MTV crew following this Minnesota native around. They’re reportedly filming a reality show as James journeys through life as an “up-and-coming rock star” with small-town roots. They like him in the small farming community where he was raised. He started playing local clubs and bars as a teen and two of his songs hit the No. 1 spot on local radio stations.
at 6:30 p.m. ” This unsigned Austin singer-songwriter has just released in indie EP. His expn bio describes scat-like vocals, a storytelling style and stripped-down sound. On the other hand, it also describes the EP as funk rock. We’re not sure what to expect, but at the X Games, expect the unexpected.
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