Flipsyde joins aprs X concert bill | AspenTimes.com

Flipsyde joins aprs X concert bill

Janet Urquhart
Hip-hop group Flipsyde will open for Damian Marley at a Jan. 28 aprs X concert in Aspen. (F. Scott Schaefer)

Up-and-coming hip-hop group Flipsyde will open for Damian Jr. Gong Marleys Winter X Games concert on Jan. 28 in Aspens Wagner Park.ESPN announced the addition of the Oakland group to the lineup today. Their appearance may prove something of a coup in light of Flipsydes sudden recognition for its single Someday, which NBC has tabbed to help promote the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.I think its definitely a great band for Aspen and aprs X, said local concert promoter David Laughren of Avalanche Productions. I think it is a coup.Laughren, who books acts for the Budweiser Hi Fi concert series in Aspen/Snowmass over the course of the winter, credits ESPN for aiming for the next-big-thing on the aprs X stage, as he often does for the Hi Fi series.Theyre picking bands on the way up maybe not household names today, but theyre going to be household names next year, Laughren said.Even Marley, whose album Welcome to Jamrock has been nominated for a pair of Grammy Awards, in the categories of best reggae album and best urban/alternative performance, is still on the rise, Laughren contends.I think hes going to break much bigger in the next year, he said.Flipsyde released its debut We the People last summer; it was relaunched in December when the track Someday was chosen to accompany NBCs Olympic promo, according to the bands label, Cherrytree/Interscope Records.The track is featured in a music video that captures athletes vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Produced by The NBC Agency in a variety of lengths, the video is being run on the network, as well as online and on cable. Listen for the infectious track on TV spots, advises Cherrytree/Interscope.With Someday turning into an Olympics theme song, the band has been featured in a Billboard magazine writeup and appeared on The Tonight Show in early January.Flipsydes lineup includes vocalist Piper, Steve Knight on vocals and acoustic guitar, Dave Lopez on electric and acoustic guitar, and DJ D-Sharp.Guitar Player called Flipsyde a culturally diverse four-man rock/hip-hop collaborative that uses turntables, melodic hooks, stinging rap lyrics, and blazing electric and sweep-picked acoustic guitars to spread a message of social awareness and self-empowerment on We The People. As an opening act in what has been dubbed the aprs X concert series two nights of free, outdoor shows in downtown Aspen after the days X Games competition is over Flipsyde fills a slot that brought John Legend to Aspen last year.Legends best-selling Get Lifted had already been released when he opened for Ozomatli at one of last years aprs X concerts. He has since received eight Grammy Award nominations, including best new artist and best R&B album for Get Lifted, and is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards show next month.ESPN has yet to announce the aprs X acts for Friday, Jan. 27.

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