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Another Weekend, Another Snowstorm - Good News from Aspen, Colorado

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Subject: I-70 Closed in Both Directions - Vail Pass
In case you were thinking of heading to Denver this weekend:
I-70 is closed in both direction at Vail Pass due to poor weather conditions and numerous accidents.

So read the press release at 2:45 p.m., sent to enquiring types like me who like to let people know what’s happening around Aspen and highways nearby. A few days ago, spring skies filled local minds with spring fever and thoughts of road trips across highways afar seemed both logical and tempting. But another fickle spring snowstorm blew into town, closing roads and changing plans and once again, it was time to drum up some weekend fun close to home.

Mission accomplished.

Tonight and tomorrow, Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Winter Series, JAS Downstairs at the Nell, welcomes Chuchito Valdez, Cuban pianist and world music virtuoso. Son of legendary musician Chucho Valdez, Chuchito has been spreading the family musical tradition far and wide.

He’s recorded and toured with the popular Cuban band Irakere, while traveling to clubs, festivals and concerts across the globe. From Chicago to San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Music Festival, he’s known for his flamboyant musical style and dynamic live performances. The Aspen engagement is an intimate one, gracing the new club at the Little Nell like a real piano bar, with two shows nightly at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Before Friday night’s festivities, bundle up and take it to the base of the mountain for another stellar free show. One of the more dynamic rock/jazz/funk performances of the winter, Karl Denson and the Greyboy All-Stars take the outdoor stage at 8 p.m. There’ll probably be less mayhem than at the Ghostland Observatory free show, now that the X-Games crowd has left the building; but rest assured, the quality of music will be no less extreme.

Local photographer Jordan Curet presents her latest exhibition at Radio Boardshop tonight at 7 p.m., with works to remain on display in the weeks to come. Impressions of world treasures, captured stolen moments and artistic interpretations of Aspen’s own backyard make Curet’s work a constant must-see. And rumor has it, there’ll be PBR to sip and savor while taking it all in.

Tomorrow the 27th on Aspen Mountain, it’s the 9th Annual Bonnie’s Bash. “Burgers, Beer and Babes” reads the come one, come all invite, as locals take over Bonnie’s deck and bring in the home stretch of the season with good, clean fun and costumes.

Then of course, there’s always the snow. It came down fast and furious this afternoon, enough to close an interstate and blanket local slopes with fresh tracks. As of press time, I-70 East and Westbound have re-opened but really - it’s too late. You already have your weekend planned.