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Saturday
Dec192015

Independence Pass by Paul W. Harris

Paul W. Harris author of Independence Pass.When my friend and local Aspen author Paul W. Harris first pitched me on his "possibly true" story of bank robbers, blackmail and Aspen in the late 1880's I was intrigued.  Mr. Harris is one of the most eloquent ski instructors in Aspen.  He has a talent for vividly describing the movements and skills associated with skiing. He is one of the best guys on the mountain at verbalizing the sport.  I was confident in Paul's ability to spin a great yarn.  I looked forward to seeing his finished product.

When INDEPENDENCE PASS was published I was very excited for Paul.  His dream, his story, his project was a reality.  When I first cracked the book I was excited to see what Paul had produced.

Independence Pass exceeded my expectations in every way.  Harris wound a story around a young Irish transplant, Daniel Carrington and his exploits in Aspen.  Harris' accessible story telling style made the characters come to life.  Aspen in the late 1880's plays a major role in this exciting tale of love, silver money, greed, murder and blackmail in the old West. While Aspen has changed greatly since 1889...some of the buildings and the natural environment has not changed at all. Harris bridges the gap with aplomb. The easy reading novel is highly reccomended.

Congratulations to Paul W. Harris on his first book.   I enjoyed it greatly.  I can't wait for the follow up.

Buy INDEPENDENCE PASS on Amazon. 


Saturday
Dec192015

Kevin Smith. Can't shut the $@$% up

An Evening With Kevin Smith...yeah @thatkevinsmith.    This Sunday Dec 2O at Harris Hall, 8.30 pm.  Presented by The Wheeler Opera House.   Click 4 tix:  Wheeler / Kevin Smith.

Wednesday
Dec162015

Kjus: Style for Miles.

Many of you know that Kjus ski wear has been a long time and loyal supporter of AspenSpin.  The people at Kjus make sure that A. Party is  always decked out in the finest ski wear known to man.   Kjus started with an idea from Lasse Kjus the Norwegian Olympic skier and Swiss entrepreneur Didi Serena.

To learn more Click KJUS.

The company has evolved into a premier provider of Ski, Golf and Active clothing internationally.  The first Kjus ski collection was produced in 20O1 and initially hit the U.S. in 2002.  Since then the distinctive Kjus logo has become well known in the active fashion world.  Kjus ski wear is known for its technical fabrics and stylish designs.  It's functionable and fashionable.  It's the best ski wear I've ever worn and it always provides style for miles.

Kjus Gift Guide. Click to see more.

Last January, Brooke Mackenzie of Kjus USA and I had a brief huddle at SIA.  She was running from one meeting to another at The Snow Show, but she still took the time to ask what color I was thinking for 2015/16.

There was a giant sized poster of Lasse Kjus in the FRX Pro Jacket in maroon and blue and matching pants. That one looks pretty cool I pointed at the 20 foot display.  Brooke just smiled and agreed..."that one does look pretty cool"

A. Party chillaxing in the FRX Pro.So thats what i'm wearing this year...and it's working. The Kjus web site describes the FRX Pro as follows; "the White Dragon stretch fabric sets new standards in comfort for backcountry skiing". Suffice to say its a technical piece of gear.  It's waterproof, windproof, lightweight and breathable...and the ladies seem to really like it.   Its got that shred ready/ ready for anything / free rider look and the colors apparently suit me.  

Older and younger women alike seem to be drawn to me like a magnet when i'm wearing my new Kjus kit.  It's truly unbelievable. I've skied about 1200 days in Aspen and I've never before gotten so much chit chat on the gondy from the ladies.  Young ones and old ones, rich ones and poor ones, thin ones and thinner ones. They all seem to love the way I look in the KJUS Frx Pro.  "It's sexy" one very well heeled MILF whispered in my ear as we approached the top of the mountain.FRX Pro Jacket

If I wasn't authentic, I'd be nothing.  So here it is, from the heart.

Thank you Kjus. Thank you Brooke and Chris.  Thank you Didi and Nico and Timo. You guys have always suited me up in the best ski wear...but this season seems extra special. This year...if I play my cards right...in maroon and blue...and if I shave a little more often...then maybe, just maybe I'll finally meet a girl.   I'll owe it all to Kjus. 

Huge thanks to Kjus for always making me look good.   

In Aspen you can get Kjus at Hamilton Sports, Gorsuch and Aspen Sports.  Kjus is carried by the finest retailers Internationally

Kjus is the official outfitter of the Swiss Snow Team.

 

 

Wednesday
Dec162015

Stars On Aspen Ice

Join Aspen's Olympic skating star Jeremy Abbott this Saturday, December 19,2015 for;

 STARS on ASPEN ICE.

TICKETS AVAILABLE at THE WHEELER BOX OFFICE


Sunday
Dec132015

Aspen Live: 20 Years of Passion.

"It's a long way to the top, If you wanna rock and roll."  AC/DC 

20 years of Passion w/ Jim Lewi and Aspen LiveWhen Jim Lewi decided to "send it" off the extreme chair lift in Aspen on Saturday, he didn't really consider all the consequences.  Luckily, Lewi recovered from the resulting "yard-sale" and played through with an aching back and a bruised ego.  

In 1996 Lewi took another un-calculated risk.  From the back of his van...Jim Lewi begat ASPEN LIVE (click for their website).  20 years later Aspen Live is "THE think tank" for the  Music and Live Entertainment industries.  Aspen Live is considered the "Sun Valley Conference for the Music Industry" and has morphed into one of the most influential, most enjoyable and most fun conferences on the calendar.

Click for pix:  20 YEARS of PASSION

The Aspen Live crowd is tightly knit, they like to party and they like to do deals...with each other.  "The Hang" is often more important than the finely currated curriculum.   Agents, promoters, venue owners, ticket sellers, tech geeks and music professionals make it out to Fat City every year to gig on the mountain and off.  The result:  Aspen Live is a family.

Bob Lefsetz laying down the knowledge.If there is one word to describe Aspen Live it's PASSION.  It was clearly a passion project when Lewi created it in 1996.  Think about it...the music industry in 1996 was in complete disarray.  CD's were being sold for pennies over cost...remember CD's?   R.E.M. and Tracy Chapman were really hot (really). Beck's album Odelay ruled the day (sort of).   The internet music scene was just getting started. Real live ticket scalpers, excuse me...brokers still had jobs. Touring was thought to be a necessity in order to sell discs. Tupac was super hot, but then he got shot...RIP.  M.C. Hammer declared bankruptcy and Michael Jackson got divorced from Lisa Marie Presley.  Napster didn't  even come out until 1999. Suffice to say...a lot has changed since 1996.  Aspen Live has evolved.  Yet for 20 years it has remained a cutting edge event to learn, to meet, to greet,  to network and to get business done.

One thing has not changed over two decades.   Jim Lewi is still passionate about Aspen Live.  Almost all the Aspen Live attendees love their careers in the music and live entertainment business.  This years con had over 150 registered participants from all rungs of the music food chain.

Highlights included an intimate discussion with the guys responsible for putting together the Fair Thee Well / Grateful Dead shows in Chicago and Santa Clara last Summer.  Mike Luba and Peter Shapiro had some great stories to share.  Andrew Dreskin is generally considered the first guy to sell an on-line ticket and rumor has it he's done quite well in that business.  How well?  Let's just say he wears success nicely.  All this mishegoss  was moderated by Steiny Steinberg.

Day 2 saw a lively discussion with Mark Williamson, head of artists services at Spotify.  That was followed by a session with Scott Borchetta, the guy who broke Taylor Swift. There was a wee bit of irony in the scheduling, because in case you haven't heard, Spotify and Taylor dont agree on much.

Marc Geiger / WME Keeping it real under Bob's glare.Bob Lefsetz (who grills everyone) went one-on-one with one of the most powerful men in music.  Marc Geiger who heads up Music for William Morris Endeavor.   Geiger, considered a visionary into internet music and  a founder of Lalapalooza comfortably held his own under the glare of the spotlight that is Bob.

it was a great itinerary to celebrate the 20 th year of Aspen Live.   That to go along with the skiing and riding, the networking and the non-stop kibitzing.

The overwhelming thing that bands the Aspen Live family together is the undying passion for music and entertainment.  Make no mistake about it...Aspen Live is a family.   Whether its your rookie year or your 20th time attending Aspen Live...it's hard not to get pulled in for the real thing..."the Hang". 

Congratulations to Jim Lewi and Aspen Live on their 20th Anniversary session.  You have built a lasting and meaningful event here in Aspen.  Cheers to the next 20 years.  To the Aspen Live fam...anyone who has ever attended...we'll see you out here in Aspen next year for one of the best, most productive ways to party like a rock star.  

Click for Pix:  20 Years of Passion.


 

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