Music scores high at X Games
ASPEN – Given the extent of Apres-X and late-night-X activities, how is a music lover going to find time to see the X Games themselves?The music actually starts cranking before the games get under way. While the extreme athletes spend today merely practicing, the extreme partiers jump right into the fray: Tonight marks the opening night of the Belly Up, Aspen’s highly anticipated new live music club. The Belly Up era kicks off with a benefit for Boarding For Breast Cancer (B4BC), featuring cover band Danger Kitty. The event, presented by local retailer Polar Revolution and snowboard equipment companies Volcom and Burton, will feature the raffle of a Fender guitar.
Tonight, while the slopestylers and snocrossers are doing preliminaries and more practice, the music lovers will be in high gear. Los Angeles’ Latin-tinged funk-rap group Ozomatli will headline a free Apres-X concert, presented by ESPN and the Aspen Skiing Co., at 9:30 p.m. in Wagner Park in downtown Aspen. R&B singer John Legend, whose recent debut CD “Get Lifted” has made its way up the charts, opens the show.On Saturday, hip-hop band The Roots headlines the Apres-X concert in Wagner Park, with DJ Z-Trip opening. The Belly Up will follow the concert with an After-X night of its own, open to the public.The Skico’s Hi-Fi Concert Series continues on Sunday, with a 5:15 p.m. concert on the lower slopes of Aspen Mountain by southern California power-pop band Unwritten Law. While Unwritten Law plays, snowboarders will participate in the A.W.O.L. competition on a 30-foot wall ride obstacle.
Sunday night, in another benefit for B4BC, film cooperative the Moonshine Conspiracy and clothing designer Paul Frank will host a screening of “A Brokedown Melody,” a surf movie by the Malloy Brothers. The film features surf footage and music by Jack Johnson, who contributed the film’s title song, and tracks from Johnson’s forthcoming album, “In Between Dreams,” will be played at a prescreening reception. Prior to “A Brokedown Melody,” audiences will be treated to a big-screen viewing of the G. Love & Special Sauce video “Booty Call,” from their recent album “The Hustle.”And while the X Gamers are resetting broken bones and recuperating in hot tubs, the late-night athletes have Monday night’s Closing Party to contend with. The event, another benefit for B4BC at the Belly Up, features G. Love & Special Sauce – in the flesh this time.Also Monday is an advance screening at the Wheeler Opera House of “Dust to Glory.” The latest film by Dana Brown, director of the surf film “Step Into Liquid,” is a documentary of the world’s most dangerous road race, the SCORE Baja 1000 across Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
The X Games participants may be able to launch 720s in the halfpipe. But the real endurance athletes may never even make it out to Buttermilk this week. Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.orgVail Colorado