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Stewart OksenhornThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado
Published: Stewart Oksenhorn/Aspen Times Weekly
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SNOWMASS VILLAGE – What would the Snowmass Free Concert Series do without the state of Louisiana? Answer: They’d have to ask the other 49 states to start pulling their fair share of the load in supplying musical talent for the annual series that lures listeners to Snowmass Village’s Fanny Hill on Thursday nights throughout the summer.Fortunately, there is a Louisiana and, as usual, the Bayou State sends a major portion of the talent for the 2010 Free Concert lineup. Among the Louisiana artists set to appear on Fanny Hill this coming summer are bluesman Tab Benoit, funk group Papa Grows Funk, and the Cajun band BeauSoleil. This follows on the heels of last summer’s series, which included concerts by Cyril Neville, the Iguanas and Trombone Shorty – Louisianans all.The 2010 series – expanded to eight shows after dropping to six last summer – opens July 1 with a home-state act, Firefall. The soft-rock group was formed in Boulder in 1975 by Rick Roberts, who had been a member of the country-rock band the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Jock Bartley, a member of the Colorado band Zephyr and who still leads the band. Firefall’s hits include “You Are the Woman” and “Just Remember I Love You.” The show will be followed by a fireworks display.BeauSoleil, which also formed in 1975 – but in Lafayette, La., the heart of Cajun country, rather than the Boulder hills – is set for July 8. The group, led by fiddler-singer Michael Doucet, has earned more than 10 Grammy nominations, and won twice, including in 2009 for “Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.”The New Orleans funk quintet Papa Grows Funk plays July 15. Pure Prairie League, a country-rock band which also traces its roots back to the ’70s, appears on July 22. The group, led by original singer Craig Fuller, has had hits with “Amie” and “Let Me Love You Tonight.”On July 29, Texas singer-fiddler Carrie Rodriguez performs. Rodriguez, who played Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House in February as part of the Acoustic Brotherhood tour with Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo, released the recent album “Love and Circumstance.”Tab Benoit, a native of Baton Rouge, is scheduled for Aug. 5. Benoit, an activist in environmental issues regarding the Louisiana wetlands, was named Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year two years running by the National Blues Foundation.The Holmes Brothers, a New York City gospel-oriented trio that mixes blues and soul into its sound, performs on Aug. 12. The group’s new album “Feed My Soul,” released last month, was produced by their frequent collaborator, Joan Osborne.The series concludes Aug. 19 with rock band These United States, which recently appeared at Belly Up Aspen, opening for Stockholm Syndrome.All concerts in the series begin at 6:15 p.m.stewart@aspentimes.com


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