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Hiatt, Mo’ fill New Year’s bill

Stewart Oksenhorn

It’s mid-August. Do you know what you’re doing this New Year’s Eve?

With the upcoming millennial New Year’s Eve set to be the biggest, most elaborate, most expensive night out in the history of mankind, it’s not too early to start planning. Aspen being the huge New Year’s draw that it is, it should come as no surprise that there are big happenings already planned for the big night. Musically, things are already shaking out to be a most memorable welcoming of the third millennium.

David Laughren’s Avalanche Productions is bringing a roots music double bill to the Wheeler Opera House; the night will feature John Hiatt, performing with a band, and Keb’ Mo’, opening the show as a solo act. Hiatt and Mo’ will play an early show at 7 p.m., and a later show, probably at 10 p.m., on New Year’ Eve.

For those with firm plans not to leave their abode on the millennial night, both Hiatt and Mo’ will also perform additional shows at the Wheeler during their holiday stays. Hiatt and his band, which will include New Orleans guitarist Sonny Landreth, will play another two shows on Dec. 30; Keb’ Mo will stick around Aspen until Jan. 1, when he is scheduled to perform one concert.

Tickets for all performances are scheduled to go on sale in mid-September.

For those who feel the momentous evening requires a level of celebration that two bands alone cannot quite reach, there is Jazz Aspen’s Artists for the New Millennium. A benefit for Jazz Aspen’s various educational programs, the bash features 10 acts, including headliner Dr. John. Artists for the New Millennium, which includes gourmet food, an open bar and continuous music in several themed rooms until 3 a.m., will be held at the St. Regis, Aspen.

Among the acts set to perform at the event are Colorado soul singer Nina Storey, teenaged blues singer Shemekia Copeland, the Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians, John Mooney Blues Mania, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Irvin Mayfield/Jason Marsalis Quartet, Angela Hagenbach and the Sugarman Three.

For more information on Artists for the New Millennium, call Jazz Aspen at 920-4996.

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