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Let the music play…

May Selby
Aspen, CO Colorado

Wyclef and his bodyguard keepin' it real. (May Selby)

As part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean of the Fugees fame participated in a panel discussion on youth, AIDS and music at Belly Up Aspen on Friday, July 6. Joined by fellow panelists Stephen Lewis and Dan Glickman, the discussion was moderated by Kate Roberts, the founder of YouthAIDS, which was the beneficiary of the event.

Following the dialogue regarding AIDS and the role celebrities can play in exposing the widespread epidemic through the media, Wyclef put on a performance of epic proportions. Integrating the audience and musicians, Wyclef invited anyone and everyone on stage and took himself and the mike to the dance floor, riveting the crowd and raising the roof.

On the night of Thursday, Aug. 16, Red Rocks hosted The Beastie Boys in concert to a sold-out house. Mike D., Adroc, MCA and Mixmaster Mike pulled out all the stops, playing favorites from acclaimed albums “Licensed To Ill,” “Hello Nasty” and their latest release, “The Mix Up.” One of the longest-living hip-hop acts, the Beasties still draw the crowds and send their message with a bang.

Last Saturday afternoon, local photographer and Aspen Times arts editor Stewart Oksenhorn showed a sampling of concert photos at Liv Aspen Art at Aspen Highlands. Grateful Dead cover band Shakedown Street performed a free concert in the courtyard along with Melvin Seals, who formerly played with the Jerry Garcia Band. Highlands was brought to life on the sunny summer afternoon with neighbors, families, friends and Deadheads abound. Hopefully, more concerts in the courtyard will follow on the heels of this fun and festive event.