Hiatt, Colvin take Fanny Hill stage
SNOWMASS VILLAGE Performances by two accomplished recording artists and a pair of films devoted to the spirit of rock n roll highlight the final Massive Music & Movies weekend in Snowmass Village. And its all free.The event begins Friday with a screening of the Stewart Copeland documentary, Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carbaret Room of the Silvertree Hotel. The film, by the Polices drummer turned filmmaker, documents the bands rise from obscurity to international stardom from an insiders perspective.On Saturday, singer-songwriters John Hiatt and Shawn Colvin perform separate sets on Fanny Hill; Colvin takes the stage at 6 p.m., followed by Hiatt. Both will perform solo; the two are spending much of the summer playing back-to-back, unaccompanied sets. For Colvin, this is nothing unusual. For Hiatt, it is a bit more uncommon; though he has done songwriter-in-the-round tours (usually as the lone Midwesterner in the company of Texans Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark and Joe Ely), he is usually backed by a band. Hiatts songs are surely strong enough to stand up to the guitar-and-vocal treatment; among those who have covered the 11-time Grammy nominee’s tunes are Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and Buddy Guy. The best scenario has Hiatt dipping heavily into his Crossing Muddy Waters album for material. The 2000 CD, his only all-acoustic recording, is among his best.Colvin, a three-time Grammy winner, stepped into the spotlight in a big way with the 1996 release A Few Small Repairs, which featured Sunny Came Home and You and the Mona Lisa. Her latest CD is the 2006 These Four Walls. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets or low chairs to the outdoor venue, along with snacks. Rain gear and plastic tarps are probably a good idea, as well, as the forecast calls for monsoonal weather. Bringing booze, however, is no longer permitted; beer and wine will be available for purchase from Fanny Hill concessions.After the concerts, its back to the Cabaret Room for a screening of Air Guitar Nation, chronicling the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, where legions of aspiring rock stars live out their dreams on a quest to become the world champion, performing on imaginary guitars.The weekend in Snowmass concludes Sunday with the Mountain Masterpieces Arts & Crafts Fair on the mall, featuring the work of more than 40 artists and craftspeople.
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