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Snowmass sets summer music series: swingin’, rockin’ and free

Stewart OksenhornAspen Times Staff Writer

What’s better than free music? Really, really good free music. In large quantities. In a beautiful setting. Surrounded by all your friends, neighbors and acquaintances. It’s a high bar, but the 2003 Snowmass Village Free Summer of Music series should clear it easily. The series of free concerts on Snowmass’ Fanny Hill expands to 11 dates – more than ever before – and includes a pair of Saturday evening shows and a Friday, Fourth of July concert in addition to the usual Thursday dates. Acts include bluegrass group the Del McCoury Band, English blues act John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and Texas blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.The series opens with Louisiana zydeco band Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie on June 26.The centerpiece of the series is the appearance of the Del McCoury Band on July 4. McCoury – whose long-running band includes his sons, mandolinist Ronnie McCoury and banjoist Robbie McCoury, as well as violinist Jason Carter and bassist Mike Bubb – last appeared in the area as part of the Wheeler Opera House’s 2002 Beyond Bluegrass Festival of Acoustic Music. That show earned best concert of 2002 honors from The Aspen Times.There will be little down time after the McCourys finish their set. Swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is set to play July 5.Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited make their local debut July 10. Los Mocosos, a San Francisco-based barrio rock band, is set for July 17. An act for July 24 has yet to be announced.Leroy Jones, a New Orleans trumpeter in the mold of Louis Armstrong, plays with his combo on July 31. John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, led by legendary English harmonica player and singer Mayall, is scheduled for Aug. 7. Folk-rock singer Dar Williams, whose new album is “Beauty of the Rain,” plays Aug. 14.Jimmie Vaughan, an acclaimed Texas bluesman and older brother of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, is set for Aug. 21. No act has been announced yet for the final date, on Aug. 23, a Saturday.