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Let the music play…

May Eynon
Former music writer Sari Tuschman enjoys the tunes at Rio Grande Park with Lynn Chaffier.

Summer has officially begun with music festivals in the mountains and on the Front Range. Last weekend kicked off the local scene as Jazz Aspen Snowmass hosted its annual June Festival in Rio Grande Park. Highlights included New York’s eclectic Latin-funk collective Yerba Buena, reggae stars Steel Pulse and the multitalented David Byrne. The enclosed tent protected against the elements while the vendor garden offered an array of food and beverages.

Last weekend also saw the return of southern jam band Widespread Panic who played a three-day stint at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Dozens of Roaring Fork residents made the trek to the Front Range to see the popular band. Widespread Panic stepped off the stage on New Year’s Eve 2003, taking a 15-month hiatus from touring. This spring they returned to the road with a national tour to all of their favorite venues, including Red Rocks where they hold a sellout record (23 shows). Recordings of their shows are available for sale at [http://www.livewidespreadpanic.com/] http://www.LiveWidespreadPanic.com. To catch the band in Aspen over Labor Day weekend, get your tickets from Jazz Aspen (920.4996) or the Wheeler Box Office (920.5770).To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com