Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Thievery Corp - Aspen - Dec. 29/30

Thievery Corporation 
December 29th & 30th
Belly Up, Aspen
 For two nights in Aspen the Thieves took over. The buzz is built for months with Thievery Corporation comes to town. This time they sold out two shows and rocked the New Years right. Bringing the entire crew means there will be a great set from the group. See I rocks the reggae, Ras Puma sings the legendary songs with Lulu and the rest of the soulful sirens. The band is tight with their presence and their sound is mastered. The entire crowd moves from corner to corner as they sway to the rhythm. The first night brought on a long set and the "Who's who" of Colorado. Governor John Hickenlooper (Governor of Colorado), Ramona Bruland (New host of the X Games), and top tier of the Aspen social clubs were all in attendance to see the show.  They don't disappoint and the second night was just as energetic. 

Hash walking amongst the crowd.
When Thievery Corporation comes to Aspen it's more about joining in the party than seeing a infamous group that travels the world. The Thieves are in Colorado every other month it seems. Some how the family of the Corporation is embraced in the Rockies...."because of the freedom of expression and the love of music," said Hunt at the Belly Up. "Congo Sanchez, See I, Garza, Lulu, and the whole crew are like family here. When they come it's like the royal family is coming to town. And they bring the heat on stage every time," he added.

The Thieves rocking with Ras Puma on the mic.
You can bet the town is still talking about this experience. The second night was sold out and an early set at the Belly Up. As the music started you could see the people filter into the darkness around the stage. The reserved area was filled with the celebs, locals, and Aspen legends. During the set Hash, the bassist, walked out into the crowd and start increasing the excitement. The sitar brings the dancing to a steady pace throughout the set and keeps the air of the night thick with anticipation. They dropped all the favorite songs and hung out with the people after the show. 

Frank is the OG of percussion.....
Congo Sanchez, Jeff Franca the drummer, even tossed a great set of sound in Aspen after the second night. His reggae infused sound was blasting the night away at Regal. Hunt stopped by for the action, "It was great to catch Congo live finally. I've been listening to the tracks but it's not like hearing that beat live in person. The rhythm gets you moving and the roots, rock, reggae makes me smile like a raggamuffin." 

Jeff Franca on the drums and Congo Sanchez on the decks.....

Photo Cred: Joey Cutty, Hunt, and Congo Sanchez

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