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Center for the Arts Crested Butte lines up full winter of concerts

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The Center for the Arts Crested Butte announces its winter season with a tightly chosen, musically packed 10 live concerts in a wide-sweeping variety of genres. Rock, country, psychedelic jam, bluegrass, singer songwriter, folk and more are featured on the Center Stage this winter season with Grammy-winning masters, up and coming hot shots, and returning faves and sell-outs.

Kicking off the season is Circles Around the Sun (CATS) on Jan. 3. Grateful Dead fans will remember them from the Fare Thee Well reunion concerts of 2015 -- a group commissioned by Justin Kreutzmann (the filmmaker son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann) to accompany set break biographical visuals. Tonally, rhythmically and melodically CATS mimic the Dead's improvisational jams with their own cosmic bent.

Continuing down the improvisational beat, jam band aficionados will be familiar with the fledgling ephemeral sounds of Ghost Light (March 28) -- flaunting shimmering psychedelic rock and a cutting-edge supergroup configuration masterminded by pianist Holly Bowling and Tom Hamilton of Joe Russo's Almost Dead.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood returns for two raucous nights (Jan. 31 and Feb. 1) of boogying as the latest standard-bearers of the psychedelic roots torch armed with yet another new album from 2018.

Bluegrass fans will be equally excited as Grammy award-winning mandolin master and Father of Newgrass, Sam Bush (Jan. 22), returns to the Center Stage with his jubilant energy and ferocious playing. From Bush's well-established career Center Stage leaps to a rising star in the folk scene in Gunnison Valley's own Lizzy Plotkin (March 7), showcasing her first solo album stitching together a rich fabric of Appalachian roots, jazz, blues and swing.

Also in the folk and bluegrass vein comes Front Country (April 5), known for merging traditional acoustic instrumentation with modern pop for a completely unique and innovative blend.

Bridging the gap between folk and country is the hard-edged Americana quintet from Austin, Shane Smith & The Saints (Jan. 12).

Stepping full heartedly into country, Texas' Grammy-nominated troubadour Pat Green (Feb. 21) returns for what is sure to be another electrifying sold-out show. Continuing in the tradition of country greatness, Asleep at the Wheel (March 14) brings a western swing signature sound.

Then, heading into the spring season, the sunny vibes of singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter (March 3) will have everyone skipping in the aisles to his honey thick vocals and master guitar work.

As wide as the array of musical genres is the variety of ticket prices to fit every pocket book -- from $65 to $45, with many in the $35 and $30 range. For comprehensive event information and tickets visit www.crestedbutte arts.org or call 970-349-7487.

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