Being the best, winning awards and earning national recognition is something to which Aspen and Snowmass are quite accustomed. As the years roll on, Aspen and Snowmass, like fine red wine, just keep getting better. As a result, the awards and recognition keep rolling in. While awaiting the annual awards from this past winter ski and snowboard season, Aspenites and Snowmass Villagers can relish in the Rolling Stone’s ranking of their nightclub, Belly Up Aspen, in the top 20 nightclubs in America.
This exclusive nightclub took the 16th spot out of 20 in the recent ranking, and is hanging tough with clubs from Brooklyn like the Brooklyn Bowl and the Bowery Ballroom in New York along with a few Colorado favorites like the Bluebird Club in Denver at 14th and The Fox in Boulder in the fourth place.
The Rolling Stones produced this list as the first of a four part series featuring a number of remarkable music venues. Twenty-four insider and musicians made up the voters. From Miranda Lambert to Thomas Mars, these individuals scoured the best (and the worst) clubs to pick out the top 20.
Founded in 2005 by Michael Goldberg, Belly Up has hosted such bands as Jane’s Addiction, B.B. King, Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and many others. Belly Up is more than just a hot spot for some of the hottest bands in the world, it also makes a point to support, host and feature local singer/songwriters.
Goldberg, brother to famous wrestler, and long-time friend to Bill Clinton and Hunter S. Thompson, toyed with a number of names before he settled on the now timeless Belly Up. Among these names were such winners as: Orifice and Fat City. Thankfully for Belly Up and Aspen, he chose Belly Up in solidarity with his brother’s club in L.A.
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