April 10, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Aspen Daily News "Galactic and Gogol Bordello to play Chili Pepper and Brew Fest"

Dorothy Atkins:
"The funky jam band Galactic and gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello are two of the four bands playing at this year’s Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest.

In its ninth year, the two-day festival held June 8 and 9 features competitions between 30 craft brewers and chili cooks in between live music sets.  

Galactic will play during the 1 p.m. slot on Saturday, June 9, while Gogol Bordello will go on at 6 p.m. the same day after the grand tasting, said Joe Lang of Tumbleweed Productions.

There will also be two bands playing on Friday, June 8, but they have not been officially booked yet, Lang said.

Lang, who is the former executive director of Jazz Aspen Snowmass, is producing the festival for the first time this year. He won the bid in November to book the 2012 Chili Pepper and Brew Fest and the free Thursday night shows held on Fanny Hill in Snowmass this summer. He took the place of longtime contractor Mountain Groove Productions, which has put on the shows since they began in 2004.

Lang teamed up with Belly Up Aspen owner Michael Goldberg to book the summer shows, he said. Goldberg has ties with C3 Presents, an independent booking agent that works with the Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits music festivals. Overall, the town of Snowmass Village has a budget of $230,000 to produce the Chili Pepper and Brew Fest, according to Snowmass marketing officials.

The festival will end by 8 p.m. both nights, which is earlier than previous years, Lang said...."
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