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Closing weekend is stacked with amazing concerts throughout the weekend.
We are thrilled to announce the following shows:
April 5: Front Country @ Crested Butte Center for Arts
Roots pop Front Country has forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past of bluegrass with the future. Melding traditional acoustic instruments with modern pop, their peculiar aesthetic produces songs that are intricate, intense and infectious. Their unique blend rises from a bassist equally versed in newgrass and jazz; a mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar; a guitarist trained in rock and world music; a violinist that can seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop; and a multi-instrumental female lead singer-songwriter with grit and soul. It’s not a sound based on current trends, but an innovative perspective looking to find a new audience. Their progressive-leaning acoustic music won them first prize at both Rocky Grass and Telluride Bluegrass Festivals before being invited to tour legendary anchors such as Old Settlers and MerleFest.
April 6: The Main Squeeze @ 4 PM in the Adventure Park Tent
Free concert sponsored by the Town of Mt. Crested Butte
From their origins as a jam/party band in Indiana, The Main Squeeze, has been weaving the veins of Rock, Funk, Blues, and R&B into modern song stylings. Now LA-based and with three albums under their belt (last one being 2017’s Without A Sound), festival appearances from KABOO to Bonnaroo, and features from Billboard and Rolling Stone, they are of turning over a new sonic leaf this year.
The Main Squeeze released their newest single, “Fancy Clothes” on January 18th. Following in the wake of the release of “It Ain’t Me” last October, these two singles mark the start of something new and fresh for the Indiana-to-Chicago-to-Los Angeles transplants. The singles play up the modern dance-pop vibes of Bruno Mars and Charlie Puth - while channeling the swag, grit and soulful sounds of 70s bands like The Rolling Stones and Sly and the Family Stone. Produced by Teddy Roxpin “Fancy Clothes” is a tongue in cheek dance track that reflects the spotlighted LA culture in which The Main Squeeze lives.
With a rich touring history including opening slots for The Roots, Jane’s Addiction, D.R.A.M., Mac Miller, Aloe Blacc, and Umphrey’s McGee, The Main Squeeze are launching into a new musical orbit with plans for a fourth LP in 2019.
April 7: Chali 2na and Cut Chemist @ 3:30 PM at the Adventure Park Tent
Free concert sponsored by the Town of Mt. Crested Butte
Chali 2na has done it all. From his days growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Chicago’s south side, to his subsequent explosion onto Los Angeles’ burgeoning hip-hop scene, to his tenure as MC for seminal hip-hop group Jurassic 5, Chali epitomizes the portrait of a 21st century artist.
To be sure, with his unmistakable, beloved baritone, Chali has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive, charismatic personalities not just in hip-hop, but music in general.
Only a select few can say they’ve rocked microphones in front of thousands at a sold-out arena in Tokyo with Jurassic 5, spit rhymes at Lollapalooza, painted professional caliber oil color paintings in their California home and lent their distinctive bass-heavy voice, to such mega-brands as Coca Cola and Sega Dreamcast.
Cut Chemist has been recording and performing for over twenty years. He started dj’ing in 1984, at age 11 years old. In 1987 aged 14 Cut started recording with his friends including Chali 2na (Jurassic 5). Cut first became known as a founding member of both the rap group Jurassic 5 and the Grammy award winning Latin funk outfit, Ozomatli. Keeping his involvement with both groups in tandem with one another, Cut has developed a taste for music and rhythms from around the world while keeping his ethic for the hip hop tradition. His mix-tapes and remixes became critically acclaimed. His ‘Chemist’ moniker was fully realized with his instrumental, Lesson 6: The Lecture. A musical journey that challenged hip hop production with music theory ideals. Cut also found time to collaborate with DJ Shadow on what would be one of the worlds most sought after mix cd’s, Brainfreeze, soon to be followed by its sequel, Product Placement.
LandShark Pond Skim
Give it your best go at Crested Butte’s annual pond skim on Saturday April 6 sponsored by LandShark! Try your best to keep your tips up so you don’t end up in the icy cold water. Costumes encouraged (read: required)!
If you don’t feel up to chancing the infamous pond crossing yourself, then come up and watch the action and soak in all the fun in the sun.
- Registration | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Crested Butte Rental Center
- Flauschink Kids Cape Race I 1 pm I Spruce Carpet
- Pond Skim | 2 pm - 4 pm | Warming House Hill
The Flauschink Kids Cape Race is NEW this year and will be held on Spruce Carpet at 1 PM This Free event is open to kids of all ages as well as those young at heart too! Wear your best cape and make your way through a fun obstacle course on the magic carpet near the pond. Don’t miss this fun new way to participate for those who are too young to Pond Skim! Parents must be present and sign a waiver. Flauschink celebrates the flushing out of winter and the coming of spring every year over closing weekend in Crested Butte. The 2019 King and Queen of Flauschink will make their Royal Appearance at the start of the Pond Skim.
Rules for the 2019 Pond Skim
- All participants must wear a helmet.
- Participants must be ages 13 or older. Any guest under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present at the time of registration.
- All participants must be present at registration with a valid ID.
- Registration is held on a first come, first served basis - once all the spots are filled registration will close.
- No ski poles will be allowed in the pond.
- Absolutely no inverted aerials into the pond.
- Costumes may not be offensive in any manner.
- Absolutely no alcoholic beverages on course or while waiting to cross the pond.
- Must compete on skis or snowboards. No other devices will be allowed on course.
- No teams allowed. Only one person will be allowed to start at a time.
- CBMR has a right to refuse anyone to participate for safety reasons.