Re-Imagining an Historic Aspen Gem 

The mindset of “The Aspen Idea: Mind Body & Spirit” has radiated from every aspect of life in modern Aspen since the 1940s and will be the driving force behind the new JAS Center.

An Intimate World-Class Venue in the Core

In the early 1950s when great classical artists like Stravinsky were performing at the early Aspen Music Festival, Chicago businessman and empresario John Silber was presenting performance by  Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and other American musical legends at the historic Red Onion. Today, the memories of these musical giants will re-ignite as the JAS Center re-imagines this iconic structure. Inspired by these storied jazz artists and JAS’s history of presenting other musically diverse icons, from Tony Bennett to Sting, and Black Eye Peas to Stevie Wonder, the JAS Center will become a vibrant, intimate performance and gathering space. This bustling, year-round hub of cultural, educational and special events will inject Aspen’s downtown core with new vitality in harmony with Aspen’s post-war aspirations.