Thursday, July 10, 2008

Free Snowmass Concerts - Then Nardi's!!!

Snowmass Village and JAS have joined together since 1994 to give everyone here a summer full of free concerts. Throughout the summer, a wide variety of musical genres is presented - everything from reggae to classical jazz. The concerts are held every Thursday on Snowmass Mountain. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. And be prepared for any kind of weather. It's been known to go from swelteringly hot to rain and thunder to snow in a heartbeat here. Music starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

This season's line-up of performers:
Thursday, June 26th - Drew Emmitt Band
Thursday, July 3rd - Freddy Jones Band
Thursday, July 10th - Gaelic Storm
Thursday, July 17th - Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Thursday, July 24th - Ruthie Foster
Thursday, July 31st - Bonerama
Thursday, August 7th - Great American Taxi
Thursday, August 14th - Robben Ford
Thursday, August 21st - Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

After the concerts, mosey on down the Mall, stopping to admire...everything...
Then hustle on up to Nardi's Restaurant for more live music, great food and fabulous cocktails.
Located upstairs at the opening of the Mall, this spacious restaurant offers window views throughout, as well as two patios with some of the most spectacular views in Snowmass. Peter Nardi, a long-time local and congenial host, features old Mexican favorites as well as Italian dishes straight from his family's cookbook.
Dave and I, who have eaten there several times, are blown away by the food. The Calamari are crispy and succulent. The Coconut Shrimp are 'to-die-for;' the're gigantic.

A few of my many other favorites are:
The Salsa - full of freshly chopped vegetables
The Guacamole - chunky with fresh avocado, rich, fabulous
The Shrimp Tacos - grilled shrimp on sweet, fresh tortillas
and (are you listening, Kyle?)
The Chiles Rellenos. (I am a connoisseur of chiles rellenos; I order 'em when and wherever I can.) Peter's are made from scratch with roasted Poblano peppers. Try the Chicken and Cheese version. Yowsers.

Then there are the Margaritas. Peter serves (to my knowledge) ten variations, all outrageous and delicious. My personal favorite: the Blue Agave - made with Sauza Extra Gold, Blue Curacao, Lime Juice and a splash of Sweet & Sour. (I wonder if they turn your tongue blue? After drinking a few, I always forget to check.)

Writing this made me so hungry that I almost neglected to include my 'shameless plug.' H3 (Harding, Hills & Hawes) (Yup - Dave and me again, joined by Tom Hills, an extraordinary drummer who also works with Broadband) performs at Nardi's every Thursday from 8:00 to 10:30 P.M. Many of H3's gigs require that we play 'easy listening' music. But at Nardi's we get to crank the volume and the energy. Woohoo. Power Trio!!! Move over Rover, and let Davey take over.

Join us. Be ready to eat a lot, dance a lot and drink responsibly (as if). And be sure to bring in one of Nardi's green, white and red flyers for a Free Margarita! (with purchase of an appetizer, lunch or dinner entree.)

If you like, we'll take photos of your tongue after a Blue Agave and e-mail them to you.

Nardi's is open daily from 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Nardi's Address:
315 Gateway Building
Snowmass Village, CO
Nardi's Phone Number:
(970) 923-0127

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