What’s up in Aspen for New Year’s Eve
Whether you’re a professional party animal or an amateur seeking the perfect spot for that rare night on the town, there’s no shortage of both expensive and affordable options for New Year’s Eve in Aspen.Toward the higher end of the price spectrum is a concert by alternative rock stalwarts Jane’s Addiction at Belly Up Aspen, 450 S. Galena St.Formed in 1985, the renowned band is described as a melding of metal, punk and funk. General admission tickets are $265 in advance and $275 on the day of the Friday night show. Reserved seating is sold out, as are all tickets to the band’s show at the same venue Thursday night.The core of the California band will be intact for the Aspen show: vocalist/frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins. Original bass player Eric Avery, who has drifted in and out of the lineup over the years, left the band again earlier this year. There was no word on who will take Avery’s traditional spot, a Belly Up employee said Tuesday.Le Butcherettes, post-punkers from Mexico, will open for Jane’s Addiction both nights. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the show is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. Contact Belly Up Aspen at 544-9800 or visit http://www.bellyupaspen for more information. The show is expected to sell out.Live-music lovers looking for less of a hit on their pocketbooks may opt for La Cantina, 411 E. Main St. The restaurant will feature the hard-driving, eclectic rockers The Butchers, a longtime local force on the Aspen music scene. Tickets are $25 each; many were still available as of Tuesday, but a sell-out is predicted. The band kicks off at 10:30 p.m. Friday. Call 925-3663 for more information.Of course, not every New Year’s Eve event carries a price tag. The city of Aspen will stage its annual celebration at Wagner Park, highlighted by fireworks shows at 8 p.m. and midnight. DJ Ginger will again spin sounds, and a bonfire will be lit around 6:30 p.m.Many restaurants and nightspots will help Aspen visitors and locals usher in the year 2011. Here’s a sampling of just a few that have been promoting plans of various size and style.• Bad Billy’s has no cover charge and provides free champagne at midnight; 508 E. Cooper Ave., 925-9225.• The Palace will hold five-course dinner seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. for $100 and $200 per person (prix fixe), respectively; 8:30 p.m. dinner seating includes reserved table for New Year’s Eve party; live music provided after 10 by Denver-based Boogie Nights, $100 general admission, $200 VIP section; 300 E. Hyman Ave., 429-8048.• Eric’s Bar/Su Casa/Aspen Billiards/The Cigar Bar will feature two DJs (including DJ Naka G); party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; champagne toast at midnight and party favors will be provided; tickets are $50, and a sell-out is expected; 315 E. Hyman Ave., 920-1488.• Asie restaurant will offer a four-course prix fixe dinner; early seating is $95 (includes a glass of wine) and late seating is $115 (includes a bottle of champagne for party of six); 413 E. Main St., 920-9988.• The St. Regis Aspen is touting a “chic New Year’s Eve Fleur-de-Lis Soiree Bal des Papillons”; prices range from $500 per person to $5,000 for a table of 10; dinner, cocktails, dancing and live R&B music from Ruby Go Go; the less-expensive $175 ticket does not include dinner; proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization Les Dames d’Aspen; 315 E. Dean St., call Cinthia at 927-1927 for more information.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.