Belly Up) (Joel Stonington covers music as part of his beat as an Aspen Times reporter. ) Best offstage music thing that happened to me: I got an iPod as a Christmas gift from my father in law. (Second best thing: actually learning to use my iPod, in March. ) (Music related, non concert thing I hope happens this year: a gift of a higher capacity iPod to replace my nano, and thus relieve this serious case of iPod envy Im developing. ) Worst offstage music thing that happened to me: I lost a fair amount of musician photos down the digital black hole in November.
Say material, but I missed it. ) Joel Stoningtons Show of the Year: Martin Sexton (March 8, Puma Velvet Blue
has come to the Belly Up these last 12 months. Most improved act: For Puma Velvet Black Creepers years, Ive wanted to like Yonder Mountain String Band. They are a Colorado band, with the worthy goal of milking rock n roll energy out of bluegrass instruments. But their reach exceeded their grasp, vocally, and especially rhythmically. It didnt help that their popularity, based on an image that appealed to a young, less than discerning crowd, outstripped their talent. The band is finally earning the audience it has always had. All nights should be like this: June 24 Friday at Jazz Aspens June Festival started with Yerba Buena, a colorful New York band that puts an intoxicating modern twist on Latin styles. David Byrne followed, and captivated the audience with a mix of challenging new material and faves from his Talking Heads years.
The most painful to lose were shots of rising roots rocker Shannon McNally, for reasons that would be obvious if you could .
they say the music will start and when it actually does. 5. Refusing to oversell shows. 4. Goldbergs photos. 3. The sound. 2. The staff vibe. 1.
The early info was that Scofield was going to play his Ray Charles show; he had just recorded a CD tribute to Charles, Thats What I Say. That was inaccurate. Instead, Sco appeared with his acoustic, instrumental trio. (He did return to the Belly Up in September with the Thats What I Puma Fenty Creepers Green