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Special concert weekend in January


World Freestyle Championships bring in live rockers, punkers, new music

A musical event as big as the Summit Concert Series is shaping up to support this January’s major sporting event on Blackcomb Mountain.

During the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Jan. 17-21, which will see the very best in world-class aerials and moguls skiing, the Whistler Conference Centre will see back to back concerts Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. The first show will feature Bif Naked, Gob and opening act LiveonRelease, the latter a group of teenage girls 14-16 years of age. Naked and Gob are established original recording artists.

The next evening, Jan. 20, has Colin James returning to Whistler after almost a three year absence. The last concert James played in Whistler was in the summer of 1998 during the Summit Series at Base II, the first year the Summit was held at that venue. It was the Little Big Band II that took the stage that year for James’ second kick at the swing/big band sound. This year, James will return to his blues flavoured rock ’n’ roll with a new album called Fuse . The album was recorded with former Odds’ member Craig Northey.

Opening for James on Jan. 20 is Sharkskin, an alter-ego of former Odds members formed to quell their desire to play R&B and Stax classics.

Tickets for Bif Naked on Jan. 19 ($22.50), and Colin James on Jan. 20 ($32.50), are now on sale at the Whistler Conference Centre box-office or at any TicketMaster outlet.

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