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Spring fever and dancin’ after dark

Spring has snuck back into my life like a birthday after 30.Sure, there are fun presents like high water in Shoshone and sweet treats such as Peeps marshmallow Easter candy. But it seems a little too early to be coming back again so soon.I still have several days left on my Aspen Classic Pass. I’m just now getting comfortable with my downhill speed. Plus, I just bought a pair of Stabilicers of my own.I probably shouldn’t fret, though. The weather here can be as unpredictable as my reaction to red wine – depends on the type of week it’s been.A couple years ago, a few friends were in town from the Front Range to ski and ‘board during the first weekend of April. We put on the long underwear and were all bundled up in our snow gear.Then we walked outside.It was hotter than the inside of a breaded mushroom. We lost some layers and decided to go rafting instead. I was as white as a cavefish, but rallied and wore a bathing suit on that delightfully warm Sunday in April.Talk about “blinded by the light …”

It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: As part of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass In-Schools Residency program, blues musician Corky Siegel will play a free show at 7:30 p.m. today at the TRTC Theatre in Carbondale. Information: 920-4996 This is why I’d kick it up here: I miss the Slippery Noodle Inn. The Slippery Noodle is Indiana’s oldest bar, established in 1850. The Noodle is infamous for hosting big-name blues artists such as Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Albert Collins and Gordon Bonham, and has seen celebrities including Robert DeNiro, Liza Minnelli and Dave Matthews. Living in Indy until I was 31, I danced to some great blues in my time at the Slippery Noodle. The valley doesn’t have a dedicated blues bar like the Noodle, but shows like Corky’s – especially free ones – can be just as cool for a toe-tapping blues fix.

It’s happening in Rifle to boot: Grammy-award winning musician Jimmy Ibbotson, of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame, is the man of the hour at “Dinner with the Ibbiots” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Brickyard Square in Rifle. Tickets are: limited reserve seating with Jimmy, $59; limited veranda seating, $49; bar tickets, $15; and day-of-show bar tickets, $16. Information and questions: 625-3139 or brickyardsquare@willowwisp.net This is why I’d kick it up here: Since a couple friends danced to “Fishin’ in the Dark” as their first song at their wedding about 10 years ago, I’ve been a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fan. I love that song, and anyone who has ever seen me near the old jukebox at the Pour House latenight knows I’ll play it. And dance to it. Saturday, Ibby will be hanging out and having dinner with his fans, then playing guitar and hosting a dancin’ after dark party after the elk and trout meal. Baby get ready.



Wednesday: Mesa State Faculty Trio, St. Mary Mid-Winter Arts Festival, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. Mary Catholic Church, Seventh and Birch streets, Rifle. Information: 984-0419 Thursday: Ody Anderson, bluegrass and folk, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Fin’s Grille & Raw Bar, downtown Glenwood Springs. Information: 945-4771 and finsgrille.com


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