By Kristina Niemi
Apologies for the delay here. After two month of hiatus due to a shattered wrist, I am somewhat able to type again! Just in time for the end of the season. And although winter 2017 is coming to a close, my FAVORITE part of the Valley is summer! So stay tuned for all the summer events and happenings.
Each week, I take a look at events and happenings in The Valley and choose three things that look adventurous from Aspen down to Glenwood Springs. Here are my picks of the week: Bud Light HiFi Free Concert, Schneetag at Highlands, Aspen Film’s 26th Shortsfest – Program 11 FILMS FOR FAMILIES
The BudLight HiFi Free Concert Featuring The Main Squeeze
@Snowmass Base Village
Saturday, April 8. 2017 @ 3 PM
Picture Stevie Wonder fronting a combination of Led Zeppelin and Daft Punk.
The Main Squeeze, with deep musical roots sprouted in the Midwest, have scored their lives at each twist and curve. While starting out as a party band at Indiana University, their forthcoming April 28 release “Without a Sound” illustrates their increasing musical maturity and creativity inspired by their new home in Los Angeles.
If maturity comes with experience, “Without a Sound” reflects this. The Main Squeeze has spent several years building their foundation since being championed by producer Randy Jackson: they have played Red Rocks; shared the stage with The Roots, Aloe Blacc, Janes Addiction, Umphrey’s McGee, and Trombone Shorty; and performed at music festivals like Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, and High Sierra.
The Main Squeeze is a blend of soul and hip-hop, funk with rock. They know their sound is “soulful, powerful, and unique” (Newman). Rolling Stone agrees in their recent critique of a live show: “Lead singer Corey Frye’s powerfully soulful vocals forms the foundation of an energetic set.”
@Aspen Highlands Merry Go Round
Sunday, April 9, 2017
April 9, 2017
Schneetag is the German word for "snow day." Put simply, it translates as "daredevils willing to propel themselves down a hill, over a jump and across a pond on a craft they built themselves." This hilarious event is one not to miss. The 9th annual Schneetag event (pronounced Sch-knee Tog) invites teams of four to create a craft that they will pilot down a slope and attempt to float across a 20x40 foot pond. Every team has a theme and will perform a skit before they descend. This event is just as ridiculous and entertaining as it sounds.
Register Here or just go watch!
Aspen Film’s 26th Shortsfest – Program 11 FILMS FOR FAMILIES
@Wheeler Opera House
Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Tickets; General Public $20 Members $15
Six delightful films designed to share the experiences of being a kid with our audiences. Meant for kids (and their adult families) ages 8 and up, some of our stories are subtitled—please feel free to softly share the tale with those too little to read quickly enough.Cast OffCast Off is a beautiful and stirring coming-of-age film about a boy who is coming to terms with the fact that he has to leave the island he grew up on to attend school on the mainland. It will leave you brimming with life and struggling to contain a battle cry of solidarity! (Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers, Canada, 20 min.) US PremiereThe World’s Middlest FishA young girl catches the most medium-sized fish anyone has ever seen and is launched to international fame. How long can it last? A charming animated take on the fickleness of fame. (Cathinka Tanberg, Norway, 11 min.) North American PremiereRevital is an AlienGabriela is over the moon to find an otherworldly egg in the forest, and instantly falls in love with the alien that hatches. Bold, original, and beautifully bizarre, this stellar sci-fi shows a hover mother caught between love and letting go, and an extraterrestrial child torn between two worlds. (Gan De Lange, Israel, 16 min.) International PremiereLouWhen a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. From the wonderful team at Pixar comes Dave Mullin’s delightful short, Lou, set to be released in theaters along with Cars 3 on June 16, 2017. (Dave Mullins, USA, 7 min.)Kitten WitchA precocious kitten wants to become a witch’s familiar, but she will be nothing more than a simple cat unless she can pass a series of tests. An adorably, sweet story about overcoming fear, and the unstoppable power of improvisation and imagination. Catnip for kids of all ages! (James Cunningham, New Zealand, 9 min.) US PremiereGet Up, Kinshasa!Denied entrance to his school because of the poor quality of his shoes, 10-year-old Samuel has to come up with some entrepreneurial businesses to get a new pair in this uplifting story of community and family in Kinshasa. (Sébastien Maitre, France, 21 min.) US Premiere