Be a little shellfish at summer festivals |

Be a little shellfish at summer festivals

Aahh, summer in the mountains. It’s like Christmas morning every weekend, without the snow. Or the fat guy who expects free cookies.From Aspen to Parachute, the festivals seem to never end until the leaves turn. And this weekend is no exception.”Rock Lobster” is Carbondale’s official theme song today and Saturday, with fresh seafood from Maine, live music and plenty of libations for festival goers to get their party on, and on, and on …Farther upvalley, Jazz Aspen Snowmass is bringing in some big hitters for a full weekend of smokin’ hot, jazz-inspired music in downtown Aspen.So I don’t want to hear anyone complain about having nothing to do this weekend. I’m not buying it.

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest starting at 5 p.m. today and running until 9 p.m. at Fourth and Main streets downtown. Live, local music on the Town Plaza Main Stage, Steve’s Guitars and various downtown venues. The second annual Lobster Crawl Fun Run, benefitting the Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s preschool, starts at 9 a.m. A 5K run begins at 10 a.m., and the Kids Dash kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Fourth Street Plaza. Information: 704-4116This is why I’d kick it up here: The Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest isn’t just any festival, it’s a feast for the ears, eyes and mouth. Bonedale will be rockin’ with fresh lobster flown in fresh from Maine and rollin’ with live music all around town. Fam-friendly activities such as face painting and a castle jump will entertain kids all day. A choice of 10 wines, five microbrews and $2 Pabst Blue Ribbons will entertain just about anyone over the age of 21. P.S. – Don’t forget the designated driver and to wear your bib with the little red lobster on the front.

It’s happening in Aspen to boot: The Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival runs from 9 p.m. today through 9 p.m. Sunday at Rio Grande and Wagner parks in downtown Aspen. Tickets: 920-5770, 866-JAS-TIXX and www. jazzaspen.orgThis is why I’d kick it up here: The music festival’s featuring headliners include Diana Krall, Elvis Costello and Trey Anastasio. Maceo Parker opens for Trey, a special treat for all those funk lovers out there.

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