aspen dreaming…

Nights on Venus has been on “official” vacation this week, Erin and I, while continuing work on the video of “Sundown at El Farol,” the first video from NoV. What follows is a pictorial essay of the first week of July, 2013….  Lots of pics… Enjoy!

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The Official STATE Visit, Todd Rundgren, July 2, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO

First stop, Boulder – just 20 minutes up the road from our home base in Golden to catch Todd’s STATE live.

The next day we’re on the road… to Aspen to see it again, ’cause we’re ‘Toddies’ and well, that’s just what we do.

Had a chance to reconnect with a long-lost childhood friend in Aspen – we hadn’t seen each other in 40+ years.

The STATE shows were excellent both nights. The tour has made its way west to California – definitely go see it if you have the chance…

"The Future is NOW..." Boulder Theater, 7/2/2013
“The Future is NOW…” Boulder Theater, 7/2/2013
Todd with the "Solid Gold Dancers," on stage in Boulder.... "Party Liquor" from STATE
Todd with the “Solid Gold Dancers,” on stage in Boulder…. “Party Liquor” from STATE. “And the TV’s blaring ’cause they can’t find the clicker…”
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Todd making a point, 7/2/2013, Boulder…
Erin at STATE, 7/2/2013, Boulder...
The lovely and multi-talented Ms. Erin at STATE, 7/2/2013, Boulder…
And STATE the following night in Aspen, 7/3, at Belly Up...
And Todd’s STATE the following night in Aspen, 7/3, at Belly Up…
"Worldwide Epiphany..."
“Worldwide Epiphany…”
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“Imagination…”
4th of July parade, Aspen...
4th of July parade, Aspen…
Would any parade be complete without a giant inflatable duck wearing sunglasses?
Would any parade really be complete without a giant inflatable duck wearing sunglasses? Of course not!
7/4/2013, Aspen, CO
7/4/2013, Aspen, CO

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Aspen Mountain from downtown...
Aspen Mountain from downtown…
Relaxing on the balcony at Jimmy's...
Relaxing on the balcony at Jimmy’s… sitting here on a warm, but not hot, afternoon, everything just seems to make more sense. Erin: “We need to move here…” Me: “Yes, we do.”
Morning espresso at Victoria's.... ahh, fully caffeinated now...
Morning espresso at Victoria’s…. ahh, fully caffeinated now…

And finally, there’s always plenty of time for a little hike in the high country…

Hiking on the Lost Man Loop trail near Independence Pass...
Hiking on the Lost Man Loop trail near Independence Pass…
Near Independence Lake, up around 12,000 feet...
Erin on the trail near Independence Lake, up around 12,000 feet…
Looking back down the valley...
Looking back down the valley…
On the way up...
On the way up…
On the way down...
On the way down…
Mountains, mountains, all around...
Mountains, mountains, all around…

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Erin and me... the requisite tourist shot...
Erin and me… the requisite tourist shot…
Heading down the Independence Pass, east side...
Heading down Independence Pass, east side…

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Here in Colorado, we say: “When in doubt, move higher.”

Fun week… they should all be like this. ‘Til next time…

"Another Day in Paradox" - 2013
“Another Day in Paradox” – 2013

Another Day in Paradox,” the third and new album from Nights on Venus has just been released and is available on CD and as digital download (MP3) on CDBabyiTunesBandcamp, Amazon, eMusic, and other fine online retailers including the NoV website.

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.