Hockey for Hope
Aspen, some have quipped, is a hockey town with a skiing problem. This weekend, some of the upper valley’s fiercest competitors are bringing their talents to the ice to benefit the suicide prevention services of the Aspen Hope Center, and address some local issues more serious than skiing.
The third annual Hockey for Hope benefit features the “Battle of the First Responders,” with the Snowmass Firefighters playing the Aspen Police at the Aspen Ice Garden on Saturday, March 2. The event, presented by the Aspen Valley Foundation, also features a free skate for the public, homemade chili and corn bred, beer, pizza and other refreshments, with music by DJ Echo Dafunk and a Chuck-a-puck contest with prizes.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Hope Center, which provides support 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It was founded in 2010 to address the valley’s suicide rate, which triples the national average. Along with crisis services, the Hope Center has trained some 2,500 people in suicide prevention over the last three years, providing locals in the general public with skills to support their friends and neighbors confronting mental health or emotional difficulties.
The puck drops on the Battle of the First Responders at 7 p.m. Free skate at 5 p.m. Admission is $10. VIP tickets are $100. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org  or 970-544-1298
New Orleans Suspects at PAC3
When you go see live music in New Orleans, you never know who’s going to end up on-stage. It’s one of the magical things about the music club scene there — the best brass players and funk bands constantly swap and share members, collaborating in countless forms and expanding the city’s sounds.
On Wednesday in Carbondale, we’ll get our own taste of that Crescent City musical gumbo as the super-group New Orleans Suspects comes to PAC3. The new band features veterans from the Radiators, the Neville Brothers and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. They’re making their way across Colorado in support of their new concert album “Caught Live at the Maple Leaf.”
The band formed in summer of 2011, when The Radiators split up after 34 years. It brings together Radiators’ bassist Reggie Scanlan with Mean Willie Green of the Neville Brothers on drums, Jeff Watkins of the James Brown Band on saxophone, Jake Eckert of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on guitar and vocals, with C. R. Gruver of Outformation on keyboards and vocals.
They tackle the highlights of the NOLA song catalog — like “Tipitina” and “Big Chief” — along with favorites from the Radiators, Nevilles and Dirty Dozen.
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at PAC3. Tickets are just $10. More info at www.pac3carbondale.com