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Aspen Nightlife The Sneaker Ball

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You may have been to many balls in your

lifetime, such as Christmas Balls, Spring Balls,

and even Debutante Balls - but if you haven't

been to the Sneaker Ball in Aspen, Colorado,

you are missing out on all the fun! Known as

'Aspen's Greatest Party,' the Sneaker Ball is

held annually at the St. Regis Hotel on East

Dean Street every March.

Back in 1986, the very first Sneaker Ball was

held by Al Gross and David Nauss of Paine

Weber, Inc - in Boston. The party was a

celebration of Reebok shares trading on the

stock market for the very first time. This black

tie event was much like other balls - but

everyone was wearing Reeboks, and the first

Sneaker Ball was born.

The following year, Al Gross decided that this

was the kind of party that people really liked -

but instead of being limited to white Reeboks,

the idea would be for the guests to wear formal

gowns and tuxedos, with decorated tennis

shoes. The party was moved to Aspen, where

people know how to party - and thousands of

people from all over the world fly into Aspen to

attend.

One of the nicest things guests like about the

Sneaker Ball is that it is for a good cause. All

of the proceeds go to Grass Roots, which is a

program designed to help inner-city kids. These

kids are brought to Aspen to experience what

life outside the city is. Many of these kids don't

even realize that places like Aspen really exist.

Tickets cost $125 per person, which isn't too

bad considering that the money is for a good

cause.

People from diverse backgrounds attend the

Sneaker Ball each year. Famous people are

there, infamous people, and people who are

neither famous nor infamous attend - and

every one has a fantastic time. The party gets

started at about 9:30pm and ends around

1:30am - followed by many 'after parties' in

various locations throughout Aspen.

If you've ever wanted to attend one of those

glitzy 'Hollywood type' parties, here is your

chance! You will rub elbows with the famous,

show off your custom designed sneakers

along with your formal wear, and dance the

night away - and all for a very good cause.

This is an event that sells out fast. Contact the

Chamber of Commerce in Aspen to find out

when the Sneaker Ball is scheduled, and

purchase your tickets right away. Also check

with the various hotels and lodges to inquire

about package deals and get your

reservations set before everything is sold out!

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Aspen Nightlife Music In The Mountains

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There is always something of interest going on

in Aspen, and September is no different. During

the month of September, every year, JAS

comes to Snowmass. JAS, or Jazz Aspen

Snowmass, began in 1991 to honor the art of

Jazz in the Roaring Fork Valley. It has now

become a music attraction that lasts all

summer long, with the biggest celebration

coinciding with Labor Day weekend.

While this is a Jazz celebration, for all intents

and purposes, all types of music are

celebrated, including reggae and rock-n-roll.

Famous musicians and singers from around

the world attend the four day Music in the

Mountains celebration.

All events take place in the breathtaking

Snowmass Town Park, located on Brush

Creek Road in Snowmass. Snowmass

Village is one of the most beautiful places in

the United States, and this festival is extremely

popular. It is vital that you purchase your tickets

well in advance, and arrange lodging well in

advance also. Snowmass advises that if you

do not have a ticket, to not show up for the

festival - it will be sold out.

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Aspen Nightlife Harris Concert Hal

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There is always something going on in Aspen,

Colorado and the Aspen nightlife is very active.

You can find a wide variety of things to do - but

if you want a little culture, you should definitely

find out what events are planned at the Harris

Concert Hall.

At the Harris Concert Hall, you will find

everything from Piano Recitals to Rock-n-Roll

Concerts. Events are planned well in advance,

so you should be able to find out what concerts

and events are scheduled to coincide with your

Aspen vacation.

The Harris Concert Hall is located in the West

end of Aspen, in a quaint residential

neighborhood. Due to parking and traffic

problems, you should strongly consider

walking to the concert hall. It is a short ten

minute walk from the downtown area. Other

transportation options include biking or taking

the bus. When there are events at the concert,

it is very difficult to find parking.

The Aspen Music Festival and School were

founded in 1949 by Walter and Elizabeth

Paepcke from Chicago. Many music

professionals train here and all of the school

and festival performances take place in the

Harris Concert Hall, which seats over 2000

people.

You should definitely try to visit Aspen during

the Music Festival. This takes place over a nine

week period in the summer, and there are

usually more than 200 planned events. People

from all over the world come to the Aspen

Music Festival, so be sure that you make your

plans and reservations early!

Another exciting event that takes place at the

Harris Concert Hall is the Aspen Film Festival.

This festival takes place three times each year.

The Aspen Shortsfest is held in the Spring. The

Aspen Filmfest is held during the Fall, and the

Aspen Academy Screenings are held during the

Winter. Again, people come from all over the

world for these events, so make your plans

early.

The Harris Concert Hall is full of history, even

though the newest section of it wasn't built

until recently. This is a major part of Aspen's

history and culture, and you should try to attend

at least one event at the Harris Concert Hall

while you are in Aspen. Most events take place

in the evening; however there are also events

that take place during the day. You can check

with your lodge or hotel to find out what events

are planned at the Concert Hall each day. Also

inquire about the need to purchase advance

tickets for specific events.

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Aspen Nightlife Getting Around

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After a day on the slopes, you may be

wondering what there is to do for the rest of the

evening. Well, don't use up all of your energy,

and leave the slopes early enough to get in a

short nap - you will need all of the energy you

can muster for the Aspen nightlife. No matter

how much skiing you get in or how many of

the runs you have mastered, you have not truly

experienced Aspen until you venture out after

dark!

Aspen has three basic areas: downtown, the

West end, and the East end. The town is

remarkably small, considering how many

people venture here each season - but

surprisingly, everyone and everything just fits.

The town is actually small enough to leave

your car parked at your lodge or hotel and walk

anywhere that you want to go. In fact, this is

recommended.

Not everyone pays heed to this advice, which

can make driving around and parking very

difficult. You can also take a free shuttle from

one mountain to another, take the Roaring Fork

Transit Authority Bus, or go to the Rubey Park

Transportation Center to get a ride anywhere in

the valley.

Don't worry about getting lost. The town is well

laid out. Starting on the West end, you will find

a quiet Victorian neighborhood. While this is a

residential district, where locals live, you will

also find many hotels and condos on the West

end, particularly on Main Street. You will also

find the Aspen Meadows Conference Center

and Hotel. This is a 40-acre area where you

will also find the Aspen Institute, the Music Tent,

the Harris Concert Hall, the Paepcke Auditorium,

the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies,

the Hallam Lake Nature Preserve, and the

Aspen Center for Physics.

In the East end of Aspen you will find another

residential area, as well as the Roaring Fork

River and the Aspen Club and Spa. The East

end features more forests than the West end,

which has been developed a great deal more.

Between the West End and the East End, you

will find downtown Aspen. Downtown is where

most of the action is. Featuring old Victorian

buildings, downtown Aspen boasts pubs,

restaurants, shops, and everything else you

could ever possibly need - all housed in

beautiful historical landmark buildings.

Down the valley a ways, you will find Snowmass

Village. To the west, you will also find Roaring

Fork Valley. These two villages are

compliments of Aspen, and you should take

the time to visit them as well.

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Aspen Nightlife Aspen Dance Fest

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If you have the opportunity to visit Aspen during

July and August, you absolutely must use the

opportunity to see many of the performances

that are part of the Aspen Dance Fest. The

Aspen Dance Fest features critically acclaimed

contemporary dance companies from around

the United States.

The Aspen Dance fest runs for five consecutive

weeks each summer. The Aspen Santa Fe

Ballet Company hosts and performs in the

Aspen Dance Fest. The company is made up

of eleven dancers who were all classically

trained. The school was founded in 1995 by

Bebe Schweppe. The company's debut was

in 1996 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the

Performing Arts.

All performances for The Aspen Dance Fest

are held at the Aspen District Theatre, which is

located inside the Aspen Elementary School on

Maroon Creek Road. For a wonderful evening of

entertainment and culture, be sure to catch at

least one performance during the Aspen Dance

Fest - even if you have to make a special

summer trip to Aspen to do it. You may also catch

performances by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Company closer to home when they go on tour

each year.

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Aspen Nightlife The Club Scene

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After a day on the slopes in Aspen, Colorado, you

are probably ready to do some partying. The Aspen

club scene starts hopping shortly before the slopes

close. Many of the clubs have planned events - and

some are just free-for-alls with music and dancing all

night long. No matter what kind of music you are into,

you will find it in Aspen.

Most of the lodges and hotels in Aspen have bars or

clubs. Some have multiple bars, clubs, or lounges -

so start your search for Aspen nighttime

entertainment at your lodge or hotel. You can

usually find a friendly game of pool in almost any bar

before the music and dancing begin.

The easiest way to find the type of music and dancing

that is most enjoyable to you is to pick up a copy of

Aspen Magazine's Traveler's Guide. This guide will

provide you with a list of Aspen hotspots, and let you

know what you can expect at each club or bar. If you

will be drinking, make sure that you don't drive your

car. Walk or take advantage of the public transportation

or taxi services in the Aspen area.

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Aspen Nightlife The Crystal Palace

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If you like comedy, you should visit The Crystal

Palace. This Aspen landmark was established

in 1957, and has been offering quality dining

with satire comedy ever since. The interior of

the restaurant is done in a Victorian style, with

beautiful stained glass windows, sparkling

chandeliers, and vintage furnishings.

If you take politics very seriously, this may not

be the type of comedy you enjoy. The majority

of the comedy acts and musicals have a

political slant to them, and the staff performs

most of the acts. The Crystal Palace is located

in the heart of downtown Aspen, on Hyman

Avenue.

The food is the best you can find anywhere.

Prime Rib, Rack of Lamb, Fish, Seafood, and

Roast Duckling are served. Don't make the

mistake of just showing up - call ahead for

reservations. The Crystal Palace is open

Tuesday through Sunday in the evening for

dinner and a show. You should definitely make

it a point to eat here at least once while you

are on your Aspen vacation, as this is a

traditional part of Aspen nightlife for locals and

guests.

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Aspen Nightlife Us Comedy Arts Festival

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If you can visit Aspen in March, make sure that you

catch the US Comedy Arts Festival that is held in

various venues throughout Aspen. This is one of the

major events for comedians all over the country -

and it is some of the best entertainment you will

ever experience.

The US Comedy Arts Festival features every type of

comedy you can imagine, including Stand-up

comedy, film shorts, alternative comedy, and sketch

comedy. Tribute is given to some of the greatest

comedians from the past, such as Rodney

Dangerfield, Monty Python, and George Carlin. You

will also have the opportunity to enjoy many of

today's famous comedians, and hear some unknown

or up and coming comedians as well.

Make sure that you don't miss this festival - and

make sure that you make your plans and reservations

very early. The lodges and hotels will fill up fast for

this festival, and according to locals, this is the

hardest time of the year to find lodging in Aspen -

which is a good indication of how good the

entertainment is!

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Aspen Nightlife The Ultimate Taxi

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This isn't your ordinary taxi ride! The Ultimate Taxi

is actually entertainment that is not to be missed.

This is a thirty to forty minute musical ride around

Aspen - but it's not like any other ride you will take

in your lifetime.

The taxi you will be riding in is a 1978 Checker cab.

It has been greatly modified and boasts four red

lasers, a laser projector, black light effects, light

washers, light orbs, mini-strobes, color changing fiber

optics, a sound system, stage lights, a mirror ball, a

fog machine, a keyboard, digital drums, a digital

camera, a DV cam, a notebook computer, a printer,

and much, much more.

Your driver will be Jon Barnes, and he has been

driving tourists around Aspen since 1984. He throws

in a pair of 3-D glasses, so you can view Aspen as

you never have before. Featured online, in radio

interviews, magazines, and newspapers, the Ultimate

Taxi has become very popular. Many famous people

have taken this cab ride as well, including Clint

Eastwood and Jerry Seinfeld.

Get ready for a wild ride! Jon plays the keyboard

and the horn while driving! With your 3-D glasses

and the other toys that are included in the ride,

combined with the psychedelic lighting effects, this

is one ride that you will never forget! In fact, Jon

makes sure of it, because there will be pictures to

help you remember the event.

Make sure you buy some souvenirs before you leave.

The Ultimate Taxi gift store is located right outside

the doors, in the trunk. You will also have a web page

memory of your ride in the Ultimate Taxi hosted on

Jon's server for all time. Take your toys and 3-D

glasses home with you as well.

The Ultimate Taxi is not a 'normal' taxi ride. You

don't call Jon Barnes to take you where you want to

go. The Ultimate Taxi is more of a musical show

and adventure. It has been called the world's

smallest recording studio.

Make sure that you get your Ultimate Taxi ride while

you are in Aspen, and join the ranks of Ivana, Kevin

Costner, George Hamilton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dudley

Moore, the Beatles, Clint Eastwood, Jerry Seinfeld,

and even Regis Philbin! Due to the popularity of the

Ultimate Taxi, it is probably best to call in advance

for a reservation. The Ultimate Taxi is in operation

from 7pm to 10pm most nights.

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