As some of you are no doubt aware, I’m a pretty big deal in the music world, as well as the journalistic one. You may also know me as Commodore Duncan, an on-air personality and DJ for KDNK Carbondale Community Radio with my very own funk music show, KaDuNKafunk, which is on every other Thursday from noon-2 p.m. So, yeah. Big time.
Given those credentials, as you might imagine, I’m one of the valley’s foremost authorities on funk music in my own mind, and I have to give props to the Aspen Skiing Company for routinely providing the best bang-for-your-buck funk experiences in Aspen and Snowmass through the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series. They’ve been killing it.
Last year included a personal favorite of mine, Brooklyn-based afrobeat ensemble Antibalas, in downtown Aspen, as well as the Rebirth Brass Band in Snowmass. And earlier this winter Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (another personal fave) funked up the grand opening of Snowmass Base Village.
This week, the SkiCo released the rest of the Bud Light Hi-Fi lineup for this winter, and true to form, it keeps the funk rolling. Things start off Tuesday, March 5, when Brooklyn-based nonet Turkuaz adds their non-stop grooves, male-female harmonies and colorful performance style to Snowmass’s Mardi Gras madness starting at 3 p.m. in Base Village. They may not be from New Orleans, but I think the Meters would approve of Turkuaz. When it comes to getting the party started, they’ll more than suffice.
Just 10 days later, Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo will rock downtown Aspen for the first night of the Hi-Fi CORE Party, with pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph & The Family Band playing the closing night of the party on March 16. The lineup also includes UK remixer duo Snakechips playing at Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza on March 23, but I have to admit to being too old to have ever heard of them.
It’s a very funky lineup that is guaranteed to get a lot of backfields in motion, but what is most impressive about it is the return you’ll get on your entertainment investment (I used to be a pretty big deal in finance, too, in case you’re wondering). Seeing as how all the Bud Light Hi-Fi concerts are absolutely free, your ROI is going to be through the roof. In fact, you can’t afford not to go see these concerts.
If you’re new to funk, this month is going to be a great crash course in various styles. If you’re an old funkster, this month is one to celebrate. Trust me on this. No one knows funk like I pretend to think I do.