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Midvalley Muse

BY Shannon Asher | August 8, 2018 | Feature Features

As The Temporary celebrates its first anniversary, Artistic Director Marc Breslin reflects on its success.
La Pompe Jazz takes the stage.

Just 20 miles from Aspen in the heart of Willits Town Center, The Temporary (360 Market St., Basalt, is a 295-person venue that has positioned itself as the midvalley’s cultural hub for performing arts. This August, it celebrates a year in business, and Artistic Director Marc Breslin and Executive Director Ryan Honey pride themselves on having worked diligently to bring in strong acts, captivating a vast demographic of audiences. “There’s a little something for everyone,” Breslin says. “We’re not a club. I never want people to think we are a club. We’re a performing arts space that draws in comedy, live music, lectures, food presentations
and film.”

The Temporary is the interim space for The Arts Campus at Willits, a nonprofit with plans to build a permanent performing arts center in the same neighborhood, on a parcel where it has a 99-year lease. Construction won’t begin for at least 18 months, so The Temporary has a semipermanent home through 2020.

When looking back at highlights, “Jayme Stone’s Folklife was incredible,” Breslin says, as he recalls one of his favorite shows of the more than 125 events that have taken place since opening. The Americana group revives old folk tunes with their own unique twist. “It was mind-blowing for me. It was so enlightening to hear about the vast history of Americana music.” Additionally, comedian Ben Roy was another bright spot for Breslin. “He was just a demented genius, and everybody that attended left with their jaw dropped. He was hilarious.”

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