By Michael Picarella
for the Acorn
Aspen isn't a household name in
music, but famed musicians often show their respect
by requesting that the Thousand
Oaks group open for them.
Tomorrow night, Aspen (some compare their
sound to The Eagles rock band),
will be the featured group at The Canyon Club
in Agoura Hills.
Sea Cloud, a local group, will open the show.
"We were one of the first bands to
play at The Canyon Club," Rangel said.
Since those early days of the
club, Aspen has changed members for various reasons.
In 1998, Rangel, Lou Garcia and
Zamora Rodriguez met, and in the next year formed Aspen.
Soon after, the band made a CD
called "Blue Skies."
(An instrumental version of the
song "Blue Skies" was recently included in the
Shout Productions film, "Fired,"
starring Tim Allen.)
Aspen's current band lineup includes Rangel on vocals and guitar, Garcia
on vocals and guitar,
Cheryl Pederson on vocals, acoustic guitar and the flute, Albert Shotwell on bass, and
Daniel Rangel, Rangel's son, on drums.
"Right now, one of the things I'm really loving about life is that I'm
playing with my son," Rangel said.
When we do shows together together,
look back at him and he's got a big old smile on his face, that's become "the
The band has established a good reputation for
playing on stage
with some of the biggest names in music,
including Los Lobos, Men at Work, Ambrosia,
Venice, Herman's Hermits and Eddie Money.
Aspen has also shared the stage with
actor Gary Sinise's band Lt. Dan Band,
with comedian Tim Allen and many
other notable talents.
"It's really cool because we get the respect from the people we respect,"
"That says something about who the band is as far as the
Rangel said the group is "in talks" with the music label EMI/Capitol in
the U.K. for a recording deal.
"If anything hits, that's great,"
Rangel said. "That would be the icing on the cake.
But at the end of the day, we do
this because we love it."
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With soaring four part Eagles like harmonies and
a big guitar sound
these guys are poised for the big time. They are
fresh off of touring with
Ambrosia and have recently shared bills with Leon
Steppenwolf. Acoustic and Electric Southern Rock
Band--imagine the Eagles blending with The Allman
Brothers but with
Aspen's own distinctive style. They will start
out the evening with an
unplugged and put things into overdrive as the
night goes on--turning the
evening into a dance. Catch these guys now in a
IT WAS A MAGICAL NIGHT OF
A PLEASANT BLEND OF TWO GREAT
Rock legend Ambrosia, was in
Thousand Oaks and entertained about
2000 folks during an afternoon
concert that is part of the on going series
produced by the Conejo
Recreation and Park District. Opening for
Ambrosia was Aspen, a soft
rock group known for its tight harmonies and superior musicianship.
HOME GROWN MUSICIANS
They Rocked the House!
The band Aspen recently played
the Majestic Ventura Theater as the
opening act to rock legend
Leon Russel. Aspen had the audience
dancing in the aisles to the
beat to their incredible sound.
will be coming to Thousand Oaks to play as part of the annual summer concert series.
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Head over to the bash at the
Libbey Bowl and check out the heavy
harmonies of Aspen. These boys
have only been together a short time
and already have received such
an overwhelming response from fans,
promoters and record labels
that one can only wonder if they are the
"next big thing"! When I spoke
with front man George Rangel, he was
extraordinarily positive about Aspen's future. And who wouldn't be.
Playing opening slots for such
classic rockers as Spencer Davis,
Burdon, Eddie Money and the like?