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Arrested kicks off Ski Jam

¤ $40 SkiJam festival passes pay for main shows and all Levelz after parties. Tickets are available at All That Jazz, Christie Sports in Central Park Plaza or Gondola Square SportStalker.

¤ Arrested Development¤ Doors open at 6 p.m. Tuesday¤ Music Tent in the lower lot of Steamboat Ski Area¤ $20 in advance

¤ South Austin Jug Band¤ Doors open at 6 p.m. Wednesday¤ Music Tent in the lower lot of Steamboat Ski Area¤ $8 in advance

¤ Medeski Martin and Wood¤ Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday (No opening act)¤ Music Tent in the lower lot of Steamboat Ski Area¤ $22 in advance

¤ $40 SkiJam festival passes pay for main shows and all Levelz after parties. Tickets are available at All That Jazz, Christie Sports in Central Park Plaza or Gondola Square SportStalker.

¤ Arrested Development¤ Doors open at 6 p.m. Tuesday¤ Music Tent in the lower lot of Steamboat Ski Area¤ $20 in advance

¤ South Austin Jug Band¤ Doors open at 6 p.m. Wednesday¤ Music Tent in the lower lot of Steamboat Ski Area¤ $8 in advance

¤ Medeski Martin and Wood¤ Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday (No opening act)¤ Music Tent in the lower lot of Steamboat Ski Area¤ $22 in advance



Since Arrested Development disbanded in the ’90s, hip-hop has changed. It has more mainstream exposure than it did during the group’s first go around.

But some things haven’t changed. Many rappers still promote violence and drug culture, which means it’s time for a second generation of hip-hop fans to hear the positive message Arrested Development has to offer.



“Our name comes from seeing the situation in the black community,” said the group’s leader, Speech. “They are in a state of arrested development.”

Arrested Development is hip hop with a conscience. Its songs are full of socially conscious lyrics written to make listeners think about their places in the world.

“We wanted to make art and make music that broadens what black music is known as, and we plan to keep doing that,” Speech said. “We want to put flesh and bones on the black experience. I love Public Enemy, but they use slogans to get their point across. We want to get to the heart of the matter instead of just the facts.”

Arrested Development broke up in 1995 to focus on other things. Many of the band members had gotten married, were having children and wanted time off to be with their new families.

In 2000, members of the group got in touch with one another and started discussing making music again.

Since then, they’ve been touring and recording.

The second incarnation of Arrested Development includes all the original members except group co-founder Timothy Barnwell.

“We’re getting our old spirit back, but now we’re more mature, and we have more experience in the industry,” Speech said.

“It gives us more ability to see what direction we’re going in.”

The group recently recorded an album titled “Among the Trees,” which was released in Asia only. Speech’s solo career took hold among Japanese fans and the new album was designed to introduce his Asian fans to Arrested Development. The album is a reunion record full of songs from the early days of the group.

“We did it as a test, and it went over really well,” Speech said.

A new album for their fans in the United States is still in the works and promises to be full of new material.

Their show on Tuesday night won’t include any of those new songs, however.

“This is about introducing the new hip-hop generation to our music,” Speech said. “We want them to feel what we’re about, so we’re going to play all our hits.”


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