Gravity Productions at the Palace – a bittersweet goodbye!

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The month of January always is an eventful one for the town of Aspen- New Years, powder days, and the inevitable non-holiday of X-Games frivolity – its undeniable that this month sets the tone for the rest of the ski season happenings.

However this year a new frequency pulsed through the waves of January and brought a new sense to the community.  And the duo at Gravity Productions, Reuben Sadowsky and Joey Stokes, decided it was overdue for the worldly culture of Aspen and the strong grassroots community to finally coincide. Both Stokes and Sadowsky, who have backgrounds in music festival and touring productions, decided to focus on their hometown of Aspen to showcase their experiences and productional network. What started as a small production company, evolved into brainstorming an event space where artists, performers, music, and culture could converge and bring an entirely new concept to Aspen.

With this idea, “The Palace” was born. At the old Crystal Palace, a vacant dinner entertainment theater space, became the hub of what was to be a month-long home to creating a thriving community endeavor. For the month of January, these eager entrepreneurs organized musical performances, DJ dance parties, artist gallery showings, stage productions, social community speakers, and movie screenings. With the help of their many talented friends – a retail storefront and local organic cafe were also worked into the mix to create an entirely holistic sense of “community empowerment”

What was scheduled for a month long pop-up space, ended up resonating with the town and coincidentally found a home in the Crystal Palace space for two more months. “The idea was to have this space just for the month of January” says Sadowsky, “but its been a special gift for us to take it this far and continue giving back to the community.”

Their mission statement of “We live to inspire and expand ourselves. Push our limits. Empower our community.” rang true throughout this experimental endeavor. The Gravity Productions crew did that and more- and now it is bittersweet to say goodbye to this magical venue.

What is in store for the future for Gravity Productions? They will continue to create events that bring the community together, and host pop-up parties and gatherings for the benefit of the town. More to come this summer is the “WILDEST at Owl Farm” – a wilderness workshop fundraiser for local community organizations. The team at Gravity Productions will also be powering the Five Point Film Festival, as well as the locals favorite party Highlands Closing.

For those who missed out on any of the action, or those who want one last dose of this new cultural shift in Aspen, the team will be hosting their last party, this Thursday, March the 31st. “It is a way to say thank you to all the workers, all the artists, and all the locals who came and made this place so special” says Sadowsky. 8pm to 2am, donations at the door, local DJs providing the tunes, and the last chance to see the BLK MKT shop and taste the Elevated Elixirs cafe while they still occupy the building. ADIOS to the Palace – but not goodbye to what the Gravity Productions boys have in store!!

  • Max Kauffman, the curator of the art gallery "Gravity Gallery" talks about the opening of the new art space.

    Max Kauffman, the curator of the art gallery “Gravity Gallery” talks about the opening of the new art space. Photo by Eric Allen Photo.

  • DJ's perform at the "Ship" stage located within the middle room of the Palace where the bar was also located. Photo by Eric Allen Photo.

    DJ’s perform at the “Ship” stage located within the middle room of the Palace where the bar was also located. Photo by Eric Allen Photo.

  • Michael Brownlee, talks about local food sustainability, at one of the Thursday night "SPARK" Series talks. These evenings focused on awareness towards local and global issues and ideas.

    Michael Brownlee, talks about local food sustainability, at one of the Thursday night “SPARK” Series talks. These evenings focused on awareness towards local and global issues and ideas.

  • The pop-up storefront, BLK MKT, featured global and unique clothing and jewelry. Mike Delaney and Sammy Steen, owners and operators of the ROAM clothing line, managed the storefront that included other brands of their friends and colleagues including Heathen clothing, BLAMO Toys, Jax Union, Eleven 44, and more.

    The pop-up storefront, BLK MKT, featured global and unique clothing and jewelry. Mike Delaney and Sammy Steen, owners and operators of the ROAM clothing line, managed the storefront that included other brands of their friends including Heathen clothing, BLAMO Toys, Jax Union, Eleven 44, and more.

  • Leah Song, of the musical group Rising Appalachia, performs her melodic originals to a group of Palace-goers.

    Leah Song, of the musical group Rising Appalachia, performs her melodic originals to a group of Palace-goers.

  • The Elevated Cafe, supplied fresh, organic, and vegan deliciousness and elixirs to patrons. Elevated Elixirs will continue to serve the Valley with libations throughout the summer at various locations.

    The Elevated Cafe, supplied fresh, organic, and vegan deliciousness and elixirs to patrons. Elevated Elixirs will continue to serve the Valley with libations throughout the summer at various locations.

  • Jacqui Edgerly, of Carbondale, gracefully performs an aerial hoop routine. Photo by Eric Allen Photo.

    Jacqui Edgerly, of Carbondale, gracefully performs an aerial hoop routine. Photo by Eric Allen Photo.

Thank you Gravity Productions for a great experience and bringing so many amazing people of the community and beyond together to create something new and dynamic. Cheers to your future productions we look forward to what other surprises you bring to Aspen.

xx Messenger Team

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