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X music runs the gamut

Aspen Times Staff
Hip-hop group Flipsyde will open for Damian Marley at Saturday's aprs X concert in Aspen. (F. Scott Schaefer)
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Everything from hip-hop to rock and punk to reggae will blast from local stages during three nights of free concerts in conjunction with the Winter X Games.It starts tonight at Wagner Park with après X headliner Louis XIV, a San Diego band best known for its alternative radio hit “Finding Out True Love is Blind.” Rolling Stone magazine dubbed the band one of “10 Artists to Watch” last year.Opening for Louis XIV, at 9:30 p.m., is Juliette and the Licks, actress Juliette Lewis’ hard-rocking band, which has toured the world in support of its debut, full-length release, “You’re Speaking My Language.”Saturday night brings headliner Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, to Wagner Park. His most recent album, “Welcome To Jamrock,” is nominated for two Grammy awards.Opening for Marley is Flipsyde, which manages to combine hip-hop with rock and a Latin flavor. The band has been riding high on the single “Someday,” off its debut “We the People,” since NBC tabbed the track as a theme for its promotion of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Flipsyde’s set begins at 10 p.m.Sunday brings California punkers the Vandals to the base of Aspen Mountain for AWOL Aspen, a wallride competition from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Athletes will perform tricks on a 30-foot wall, competing for a $10,000 prize purse, while the band plays on a stage above them.Invited competitors include skiers Steele Spence of Snowmass Village, Pep Fujas (last year’s winner), Sammy Carlson, Mikael Deschenaux and Matt Walker. The snowboarders include last year’s champ, Eddie Wall, along with Avery Karas, Teddy Karlinski, Pat Milbery, Mitch Stout and Justin Bartle.Look for X Games competitor and Olympics-bound snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler of Aspen signing autographs in the gondola plaza from 3 to 5 p.m., before the wallride.


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