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Famous encounters and fun with music

Even though I’m a reporter, I can get a little star-struck sometimes.I believe the rule is to always be objective and not to freak out around famous people. But what’s a girl to do when Joe Perry from Aerosmith walks in a mom-and-pop barbecue joint on the west side of Indianapolis?Luckily at the time, I wasn’t a reporter I worked at a big fancy pharmaceutical company so I wasn’t following any journalist guidelines. Having “sold out to the Man” for the good life in the corporate world as fellow journalists accused me of I could do about anything I wanted.So I walked right up to Joe Perry from Aerosmith and asked him for his autograph.”Excuse me,” I said, playfully twirling my hair around my finger. “Are you Joe Perry from Aerosmith?””Yes I am,” said the rock star who has entertained more groupies in his day than anyone I’ll probably ever know.”Do you mind if I ask you for your autograph?” I inquired, trying not to flirt too much.”Not at all,” he said, with an endearing rock-star smile.That was just one of my few brushes with fame over the years.Saturday night, I met Jimmy Ibbotson of another famous band from the ’70s (actually earlier than that), the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. This time, there was no asking for autographs, just a quick introduction on the sidewalk outside the Brickyard in Rifle.At first, I admit, I was a little star-struck. I wasn’t just meeting Ibby, I was speaking candidly with the man who recorded “Fishin’ in the Dark.” Love. After talking for a few minutes, I realized he’s just a friendly, down-to-earth guy who loves living in the mountains of Colorado, just like you and me.Then he said he had to go to his car and find something to help his heartburn. Yes, I thought to myself, he is just like me – and maybe the guitarist from Aerosmith after a spicy take-out order of King Ribs.

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: The Metamoocil Mountain Boys bluegrass band plays tonight at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Information: 963-3304This is why I’d kick it up here: I like it when people don’t take themselves too seriously, especially musicians. Honestly, Oasis bigger than the Beatles? Whatever. So when I saw that the Metamoocil Mountain Boys are playing Steve’s Guitars today, I chuckled. These guys sound like they know how to loosen up and have a good time with music, instead of making it a privilege for their listeners to listen to it. Expect a range of music stylings from the Boys, including blues, folk, swing and bluegrass. In his weekly e-mail, Steve Standiford, owner of Steve’s, said, “Think Bill Monroe meets John Prine along with some original tunes.” I can’t think of a better combination, except maybe the word “Metamucil” with the word “moo.”

It’s happening in Aspen to boot: Valley conductor Ray Adams directs his world premiere of “Creation,” with Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins” in D minor. The Aspen Choral Society event features the Glenwood Springs Community Chorus and the Aspen Community Chorus at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Harris Hall in Aspen. Tickets are $20 and available at the wheeleroperahouse.com or by calling 920-577.This is why I’d kick it up here: My roommate, Susan, is one of several Glenwood Community Chorus singers teaming up with the Aspen Choral Society to present the last of five sacred choral works by Adams. For weeks, she has been practicing with the choir, doing her best to read music and hit those high notes. Or maybe it’s the low ones – I can’t remember. Anyway, all I know is the other morning while I was trying to figure out what to wear to work – often a lengthy process, especially on a Wednesday – I heard her singing in the kitchen. The girl can belt it out, and from what she says about her fellow choir members, she’s in good company. Break a leg, Suz.



Monday: Rifle High School rock ‘n’ roll-themed variety show to raise money for the RHS choir program, 7 p.m., RHS auditorium. Tickets: $5/adults, $3/students Wednesday through Sunday, April 9: The 15th annual Aspen Shortsfest, Aspen and Carbondale. Tickets: Wheeler Box Office, 920-5770, wheeleroperahouse.com; Sounds Easy in Carbondale, 963-1303. Information: 925-6882, aspenfilm.org


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