And the beat goes on
There certainly hasnt been a lack of live music options to appeal to every palate this season. From Snowmass Villages Summer of Free Music Series to the Belly Up roster of rockin shows, including the likes of the Raconteurs and Camp Freddy, to the reincarnation of venerable venues such as the Crystal Palace Grille, the lineup keeps on growing. An upbeat show at Belly Up last month was the Jes Grew reunion on July 16. The bluesy Southern rock band drew locals looking for a little fun on a weeknight. Featuring Cameron Williams of Georgia-based band Tishamingo, the popular act played to a packed house comprised of friends of the band many of whom were reunited from days of old as well. A last-minute addition to the music calendar in town was the announcement of BoomBox at the Crystal Palace Grille on July 24. That day, word spread like wildfire through town that a groovin show was slated to take place that night. The restaurant-cum-occasional live music venue erupted in Technicolor thanks to the duo known as BoomBox. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., individuals trickled into the former Crystal Palace setting, seeking out the dance party with DJ/producer Russ Randolph and singer/songwriter/guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux. Colorful lights emanating from behind the musicians further enhanced the illustrious dining room, already ornate with stained-glass windows and an oversized crystal chandelier. Known for their scripted timeless mixes and high-energy live shows, Randolph and Godchaux are well worth checking out. Together they create a sound that appeals to an extensive audience with their blend of rock n roll, psychedelia and house music. Since 1994, Jazz Aspen Snowmass has produced concerts for Snowmass Villages Summer of Free Music. The weekly concert series has featured a broad range of talent slopeside at Snowmass this season. Among the more notable performers so far was singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster, of Austin, Texas. Foster and her band played on a serene Thursday evening last month, belting out tunes in the soul, blues and R&B traditions. Be sure to catch the final three concerts in the nine-part series: Great American Taxi, Aug. 7; Robben Ford, Aug. 14; and Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, Aug. 21.
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