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!!
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