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The Offspring to invade

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

There will be dancing in the streets to celebrate the close of ESPN’s Winter X Games, with The Offspring taking the stage for a downtown concert on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

The Aspen Skiing Co.’s request to close down two and a half blocks of Hunter Street, plus portions of Hyman and Cooper avenues to either side of Hunter, won approval from the Aspen City Council on Monday.

The street party will follow the Rail Revolution, featuring rail stunts by X Games athletes, which will return to the gondola plaza again this year. The Offspring, a California punk band, will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m., following the rail action from 5 to 6 p.m.



The concert stage, to be built on Hunter Street next to Vectra Bank, will face south toward Aspen Mountain. The street venue will accommodate up to 5,000 people, according to David Perry, Skico senior vice president.

The Skico, which considered trying to arrange four nights of concerts during the Games, wants to bring the excitement of the event at Buttermilk into town and set new trends, according to Perry.



“Melding core sports and music together is leading edge,” he said.

“Offspring is a huge band. It’s a huge attraction,” said Nancy Scheinkman of Telos Productions Inc., which is helping the Skico produce the event.

The Offspring, together for nearly two decades, have sold 32 million records worldwide.

The concert will require street closures and result in lost parking, but a couple of local retailers urged the city to embrace the event.

“Whenever there are street closures, we lose business, but in the spirit of youth, in the spirit of the X Games, let’s go for it,” said David Fleisher, owner of Pitkin County Dry Goods.

Council members not only agreed, they decided to cancel their work session that night so they can attend.

[Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com]


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