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‘Jam’-packed party starts Thursday

Aspen Times Staff
The Freddy Jones Band take the Fanny Hill stage at Snowmass on Thursday. (Contributed photo)
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The Freddy Jones Band takes the Bud Light Hi Fi concert stage on Fanny Hill Thursday to kick off the four-day party that is Spring Jam.

The Jam couples outdoor concerts and parties with the debut of the FusionPark Invitational and a Terrain Park Bootcamp for rookies. The FusionPark sliding/skateboarding competition and big-air contests will feature skiing and snowboarding names like Matt Phillipi, Steel Spence, Matt Walker, Teddy Karlinski, JJ Johnson, and Doran Laybourn.

This year’s musical lineup, in addition to longtime Colorado favorites the Freddy Jones Band, boasts Flipsyde and MC Supernatural, playing with North Coast Underground.

All of the events are free and open to the public. Here’s the schedule:

7 p.m. ” The Freddy Jones Band brings their original sound, influenced by Chicago style rock and blues, to Fanny Hill in Snowmass Village. The band’s last appearance in Snowmass was a soldout, co-headline show with Widespread Panic at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival last fall. Atlanta based guitarist Sam Thacker will open.

Spring Jam returns to Snowmass for a St. Patrick’s Day bash at the base, with Celtic dancers, a special Bud Light Big Air competition open to any Leprechauns who can qualify on the jump, and green beer all day long.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ” Scavenger hunts for adults and kids (big adult prize: Colorado Mountain Express roundtrip ride to Denver).

Noon to 2 p.m. ” Jammin’ Jim the Juggler.

2, 3:45 and 6 p.m. ” Pipe and drum performances.

2 to 3 p.m. ” Bud Light Big Air Competition on Fanny Hill.

2:15 and 4 p.m. ” Celtic dancers.

2:45 and 4:15 p.m. ” Great American Taxi on stage.

3 p.m. ” Sweet Sunny South on stage.

7 p.m. ” Fireworks wrap up the action in Snowmass.

7 to 9 p.m. in Aspen ” FusionPark Invitational at the Rio Grande Skatepark in Aspen, featuring live performances by MC Supernatural and members of North Coast Underground.

The skatepark will be the stage for a showdown between ski and snowboard rail-sliding and skateboarding competitions performed simultaneously to live rap performances. Prizes will be awarded for individual categories and to an overall combined rail and skateboarding champion who has what it takes in both disciplines.

MC Supernatural, a fabled freestyler and battle vet from New York City, has been featured on stage with groups as disparate as J5 and Linkin Park. The FusionPark event will team him with 2 MCs and the DJ from North Coast Underground, a hip/hop band with a following in the action sports world.

7 to 8:30 p.m. ” The seventh annual KickAspen Big Air Invitational at the base of Aspen Mountain, showcasing the best regional ski and snowboard athletes competing under the lights for $7,000 in prize money. Prize giveaways, beer garden, freestyle dancers, graffiti panels and a DJ will round out the action at the base area.

8:30 to 11 p.m. ” CORE Party at Cooper and Galena streets with a performance by hip-hop group Flipsyde, an up-and-coming band set to tour with the Black Eyed Peas and Pussycat Dolls this summer.

Noon to 3 p.m. ” A free Terrain Park Bootcamp for beginners on Fanny Hill at Snowmass gives up-and-comers a chance to learn how to throw down tricks like the pros. Never-evers can learn to slide rails or hit their first mini air jump under the watchful eye of local and regional coaches. Just show up; it’s open to rookies, ages 13 and up. Helmets are required, as well as a valid lift ticket or pass.


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