Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Ketchum comes alive

Popular summer music concerts, Ketch'em Alive, begin next Tuesday

Express Staff Writer

Hamsalila really got the party going last year during the summer music concert series at Ketchum's Forest Service park.

You know summer has officially begun when Ketchum's Forest Service Park starts hopping every Tuesday night. Yes folks, its back—the weekly musical extravaganzas that bring Ketch'em Alive start this Tuesday, June 27.

In its seventh year, these free, fun-filled, family and pet friendly events really heat up those long summer nights. Organizer Will Caldwell said of the coming fun, "There is more of a world beat lineup than ever, because the response to that has been really good. It's especially good for getting people on their feet and dancing."

Each evening sees two bands take to the stage, one local band to open and a headliner from out of town (one from as far away as Finland). The opening acts begin at 7 p.m. and the summer's line-up includes Public Radio (June 27), Red Headed Fiddler, Ketchum World Beat Street Band, Henry Allen, Fred Crabtree and Ben Laroquette. The headliners play from 7:30-9 p.m., and this Tuesday welcomes folk rock bluegrass band Ten Mile Tide.

The headliners for the rest of the summer are: July 4, Rising Lion playing Jamaican reggae; July 11, Kan'Nal bring their earthly tribal shamanic rock back to the valley; July 18, world beat band New Monsoon take their turn; July 25, hip hop arrives in the form of Alfred Howard & K23 Orchestra; Aug. 1, local band 812 perform their version of classic rock; Aug. 8, it's the turn of African beat band Aphrodesia; Aug 15, greet some hot strings from Finland in the form of Frigg, and rounding out the season on Aug. 22 are The Motet.

Get the whole family out for these excellent summer concerts. Picnics and lawn chairs are encouraged. Beverages from Sun Valley Brewing Company and All Y'All juices will be available for purchase. The event is presented by the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau and the city of Ketchum.

So mark that red X on your calendars. Tuesday nights are officially planned for the rest of the summer.

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