Still deciding on Labor Day Weekend plans? Want to do something epic and unforgettable that doesn't require too much planning or budgeting. . . How about a long weekend in awe-inspiring Aspen/Snowmass watching performances by The Killers, Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran and Thievery Corporation?!
This year’s JAS Labor Day Experience lineup is one of the most diverse in JAS’ 25-year history (probably why this music festival hasn’t been on many of our radars yet). Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to present and preserve jazz and related forms of music through world-class events, performances, and education programs. Their Labor Day Experience is an open air, dance oriented festival of popular, R&B, rock, funk, blues, and soul music, in Snowmass Town Park with the (epic) Elk Mountain Range as the backdrop.
The festival kicks off Friday Sept. 2 with Train and Andy Grammer, Saturday evening you’ll see The Killers, Thievery Corporation and Black Pistol Fire, to name a few. These first two nights’ end with an “After Dark Silent Disco Party” for an added $25 featuring a dance party with dueling DJs until 11:30pm. On Sunday, Sept. 4th, iconic singer, songwriter, musician and producer, Stevie Wonder will grace the crowds with his headlining performance. Stevie is one of the most celebrated figures in popular music, with 49 Top Forty singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide sales over 100 million. He has won 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. What makes this music festival even more enticing, this will be the only Colorado appearance this year for many of the artists.
Given the collection of talent, spanning multiple genres and eras, along with a spectacular setting and array of food, drinks, VIP options, and vendors, JAS Experience ensures everybody has an exceptional Labor Day weekend. Keeping the crowds content is crucial during day-long festivals, and even though JAS Experience's days aren't as long as some of the big name music festivals, there will be a good lineup of food and booze options. These include Bangkok Happy Bowl, Cowgirl Lemonade, Francesca's, Havana Cabana, Hickory House Ribs and Windy City Eats, to name a few. There are also beer, water and cocktail stations throughout.
Tickets to the JAS Labor Day Experience are still available, individual or 3-day passes, as well as JAS Deck tickets. Deck tickets include complimentary beer, wine, water, afternoon grille fare, private restrooms and an elevated viewing platform. This year’s festival will offer an added opportunity to meet, drink and take photos with Broncos players past and present during the “Broncos Experience at JAS” Saturday Sept. 3rd for an additional cost. If you are looking for a low-cost way to experience the festival, you can still sign up to become a volunteer via their website.
To purchase tickets visit www.jazzaspensnowmass.org or call 866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499). Tickets are also available at the Belly Up Box Office in Aspen.