September 22, 2005
As summer officially comes to a close this week, a few festivities from recent weeks are worth reflection. From a birthday bash for Shana Tyler, who marked her 38th at Genre, to a surprise party for Camilla Fay at The Bistro in Basalt, celebrations seem to be perpetual around these parts.Another recent event of note was an impromptu reunion of Monkey Train bandmates Adam Fells and Randolph Turner. Jen Sehnal and Kristen Pendergrass, friends and fans of the band, coordinated the Sunday evening show at Blue Maize and even ran ads in the local papers beforehand. Monkey Train was a fixture at establishments around the Aspen area in the ’90s, drawing après-ski crowds at the base of Aspen Highlands, performing at weddings and taking the stage at Legend’s Sports Bar (now American National Bank) and elsewhere. The original ensemble also included drummer Pete Davidson and keyboardist Rob Dasaro, who were not present for the reunion. Fells, who moved to the Bay Area a few years ago, joined Roaring Fork resident Turner as they graciously played an acoustic show for an energetic crowd. Mostly locals who frequented Monkey Train shows way back when, the scene was reminiscent of an erstwhile Aspen era.”We’re glad to see so many of y’all are still alive,” Turner joked as he opened the first set.
Nostalgia was not lost on Steve J. Miller, who moved to town in 1994. Miller arrived early for the acoustic show.”Hearing these guys tonight brings me back to the good old days,” he said. “Monkey Train was the best local band Aspen’s ever had.”Editor’s note: Last week’s Mountain Mayhem featured the wrong cutlines for several of the photos. The Times apologizes for the mistake.To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org