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Louis XIV to play apres X

Aspen Times Staff
Retro-rockers Louis XIV will perform in Aspen during Winter X Games Ten. (Courtesy Louis XIV)
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San Diego retro-rock band Louis XIV will headline Friday, Jan. 27 in the first of two apres X concerts at Aspen’s Wagner Park.

The free, outdoor show caps the first day ” a practice/qualifying day ” of ESPN’s Winter X Games Ten at Buttermilk, Jan. 27-31.

The band’s website confirmed the appearance with an entry dated today: “Louis will be performing in Wagner Park Jan. 27th in Aspen. This appears to be a free show with something to do with the X Games. Should be fun.”

They’ve been described as a mod-glam band and a throwback to the British Invasion. And the LA Times, dubbing the band’s first major-label release a homage to Britpop, had this to say: “Rock this dirty and graceful is a rare and decadent indulgence. Cheap, tawdry and fun.”

Louis XIV, comprised of Jason Hill (vocalist, guitarist, pianist), Brian Karscig (guitarist, vocalist, pianist), drummer Mark Maigaard and bassist James Armbrust, scored an alternative radio hit with “Finding Out True Love is Blind” and subsequently released “The Best Little Secrets Are Kept” a year ago on Atlantic Records.

The CD features new material and songs from their self-released “Louis XIV” of 2003 and a pair of EPs. The band first hit San Diego airwaves when local stations began playing “God Killed the Queen” from “Louis XIV.”

No opening act for Louis XIV has yet been announced. The Saturday, Jan. 28 lineup on the apres X stage includes headliner Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, with hip-hop band Flipsyde opening.

The AWOL Aspen wallride competition on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the base of Aspen Mountain will feature southern California punk band The Vandals.


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