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Snowmass Massive brings hot acts and high thrills

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SNOWMASS – Blackalicious and Sound Tribe Sector 9 will take the stage during Snowmass Massive Music and Movies (MMM) celebration Thursday at the Snowmass Conference Center.Movie “Riding Giants” will air at 7 p.m., followed by Blackalicious at 8 p.m. and Sound Tribe Sector 9 at around 9 p.m.Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets are available in advance at The Wheeler Box Office by calling (970) 920-5770, or at http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com, or at Village Liquors in Snowmass, Sounds Easy in Carbondale or Glenwood Music in Glenwood Springs.The town is offering special out-of-town deals: $199 gets you two tickets, one night’s lodging at the Wildwood and breakfast. To book the lodging special, call the Wildwood at 1-800-525-9402 “Riding Giants” takes viewers along surfing’s timeline from its Polynesian roots to its rebirth in the early 20th century, to the development of a fledgling surf culture along the coast of Southern California to the growing pursuit of big wave riding today. It’s the story of wave riders from Greg Noll to Jeff Clark to Laird Hamilton. “Riding Giants” is in turns funny and spirited, poignant and dramatic, and filled with adventure, grace and spectacular rides.The Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel fused together to make Blackalicious, a two-man combo whose relationship, that of the MC and DJ/producer, reflect the core of the art of hip- hop. They are known for their precise, jazz-heated production, scratching and deftly executed lyrical acrobatics.Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) creates and expresses a musical style that is unique unto itself. STS9, a collective of musicians and artists, has taken a passion for playing live instruments and married it to a love for intricate composition and sound exploration. Instruments range from samplers and computers to pianos, drums, bass and guitar, while the music blends layered sonic landscapes, developed melodic movements and deep groove sensibilities. They’ve produced three studio albums and two live albums on their own 1320 label. Snowmass is one of only three stops in Colorado on their national tour.This is the second year that Snowmass has combined music and movies at one event. “The whole point of Massive Music and Movies is that of entertainment,” said event organizer Josh Behrman. “Music and movies are two of the greatest forms of entertainment, so it’s natural to combine them and create a wonderful partnership.” Behrman notes that Blackalicious presents a very positive, clean, hip-hop vibe, while STS9 is called an “ambient” band which, he says, “can take one note and make it last an hour in a nonstop, all-instrumental groove.””The combination of these two bands together with the surfing movie is a really great fit,” said Behrman. “The bands alone regularly sell out crowds of over 3,000 people, so this is a big thing for Snowmass.”For more information contact Behrman at 925-1663, or to book the lodging special call the Wildwood 1-800-525-9402. Drew Emmitt Band hits the road Leftover Salmon founder, co-lead vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt will lead his own Drew Emmitt Band on the “Freedom Ride Tour” this fall. Dates are being confirmed now by booking agency Skyline Music. The schedule will include the Strictly Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 2 in San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Park, and includes stops in Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Washington, DC, St. Louis, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee, Madison, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Burlington, VT. “The Freedom Ride Tour” begins Sept. 29 and runs through early December. Compass Records will be supporting the Freedom Ride Tour with publicity as it continues to work Drew’s new album, “Freedom Ride.” “My commitment to LOS prevented me from really supporting this CD when is came out,” Emmitt said. “So I’m now excited to go out and play these songs.” The Freedom Ride recording included guests John Cowan and Sam Bush both of the late band Newgrass Revival, plus Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan, Peter Rowan, Randy Scruggs, and members of the John Cowan Band. For more information, go to http://www.drewemmitt.com. Vail, Colorado


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