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North Mississippi Allstars hit Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report
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The North Mississippi Allstars will perform a free concert Sunday on the Snowmass Village mall, part of this winter's Hi-Fi Concert Series. (nmallstars.com)
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SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Southern blues-rock trio the North Mississippi Allstars are up next as this winter’s Hi-Fi Concert Series moves to Snowmass on Sunday.

The band ” guitarist-vocalist Luther Dickinson, brother Cody Dickinson on drums and longtime friend Chris Chew on bass ” will play a 6:30 p.m. set at the end of the Snowmass Village mall.

The Allstars, frequent performers in Aspen/Snowmass, recently released their fifth studio album, “Hernando, ” their first on their own record label, Songs of the South. It marks a return to the band’s blues-rock roots.



Guitarist-vocalist Dickinson has called “Hernando” the band’s “most solid statement” during its 12-year career, according a press release regarding the upcoming show.

“It’s just real natural and organic and honest,” Dickinson said. “The key phrase, while we were making it, was, “It’s just heavy.”




Said Rolling Stone reviewer David Fricke: “The Allstars have struggled to capture their stage electricity on record. But ‘Hernando’ scores on this count, ending with the classy shock of ‘Long Way From Home,’ an acid-blues ballad with winding, scarred guitar ” part Wes Montgomery, part Neil Young ” showing that the Allstars know how to do more than just shake ’em on down.”

Additional shows in the Hi-Fi series, sponsored by Bud Light, will take place March 23 in Snowmass and March 28 in Aspen. In addition, this year’s Spring Jam Core Party will feature longtime local favorite Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond cover band, performing a free concert in downtown Aspen, at the corner of Cooper and Galena, on Friday, March 21.

The eighth annual Spring Jam extends over three weekends ” March 21-23, March 28-30 and April 4-6 ” featuring competitions, concerts and parties.

The kick-off weekend starts with the Friday night Core Party in downtown Aspen, and continues on Saturday, March 22 with KickAspen Big Air ” skiers and snowboarders competing under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain for prize money. The party moves to Snowmass on Sunday, March 23 with a Hi-Fi concert by an act yet to be announced.


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