Bass Desires

"This is a selfish thing to do," concedes Chris Cardone, the organizer behind this weekend's Lodo Bass Bash. "I'm only doing it because I wanted to see all my favorite artists in one place."

Most of Cardone's heroes play extended-range basses that hit notes standard instruments can't replicate. At the Bash, practitioners of this rare art will perform and teach workshops. Contributors include Yves Carbonne, Trip Wamsley and Cardone, who admits, "I'm the weak link. These guys are the best in the world."

Tonight's performance starts at 8 p.m. at Dulcinea's 100th Monkey, 717 East Colfax Avenue, with a second gig at the same time and place tomorrow. Clinics get under way at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Swallow Hill Music Hall, 71 East Yale Avenue, with additional sessions scheduled for Sunday. Concert tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, with separate charges for clinic registration; complete event packages are also available. Phone 303-777-1003 or visit www.lodobassbash.com for particulars.
Fri., Aug. 4, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 5, 8 p.m.

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