Jazz, Soul, Blues, Funk, World Music, NOLA & More
at Multiple Venues Across the Downtown Core
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) has just announced the full artist and venue line-up for the JAS June Experience, taking place June 22-25 in downtown Aspen. The Experience will consist of multiple staggered shows daily, taking place at twelve different venues, allowing attendees the opportunity to stroll around town and enjoy a full night of diverse music genres and settings. With all (12) venues within a short walk in Aspen’s downtown core, and artists performing multiple shows throughout the weekend, the JAS June Experience offers a premium on intimate gatherings, spontaneous listening choices, movement and discovery. Like New Orleans’ famed French Quarter festival, attendees can pick and choose the shows they would like to attend at any given time of the nights. Listeners with favorite music styles can take a Soul Stroll, a Jazz Walk, a Blues shuffle or mix and match genres throughout the night or weekend. The mix of genres includes multiple artists who embrace jazz as just part of their wider musical vocabulary, and from countries including Brazil, Uganda & France, all performing in the most intimate venues. Jazz Spoken Globally, long one of the JAS’ Café’s year-round musical themes, animates this June JAS Experience. JAS June is a window into the diverse musical future of JAS’ permanent home, The JAS Center at Red Onion, a permanent, year-round JAS Café and Education Center
Passes for the event go on-sale Thursday, February 16 at 10am mst and will include the choice of a 2-day weekend pass at $200 (June 23-24), or a daily pass at $75/Thursday and $135/Friday or Saturday, that will allow access into all participating venues on either June 22, June 23 or June 24. A weekend VIP pass is also available and will include three nights of dinner and private performances at the Durant Street VIP tent (across from Ruby Park). VIP passes can be purchased here.
In addition to the VIP Tent, JAS plans to host performances at the Belly Up, Wheeler Opera House and the Opera House 2nd Floor Lobby, Rooftop at the Aspen Art Museum, Limelight Hotel, W Hotel’s 39 Degrees, Bon Bon in The Aspen Mountain Residences, The Sterling, Here House, and Hotel Jerome’s Felix Coffee, Wheeler Room and Bad Harriet.
JAS will be doing a special evening of concerts to kick-off the weekend on Thursday, June 22 to include shows at the Belly Up and three of the more intimate June venues. New Orleans quintet Galactic with powerhouse vocalist Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph will perform at the Belly Up. One of the top Hammond B-3 organists in the world, Tony Monaco, will be performing at Bon Bon, New Orleans’ powerhouse Big Sam’s Funky Nation performs at The Sterling, with blues guitarist Kevin Burt playing at nearby Bad Harriet. Monaco, Big Sam and Burt will all continue to perform at the same venues on Friday and Saturday nights giving pass holders multiple opportunities to see them.
Shows continue Friday in all 12 venues with veteran blues artist Ruthie Foster at the Belly Up, Brazilian jazz pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias at the Wheeler Opera House and psychedelic soul band the Monphonics, on the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum.
Blues, funk and soul artist Black Joe Lewis will perform both Friday and Saturday at the W Hotel. Also performing both nights are the genre-crossing guitar/vocalist duo Tuck & Patti (Hotel Jerome/Friday, Limelight/Saturday), sultry vocalist and virtuosic bassist Katie Thiroux (Felix), Ugandan musician Kinobe with his band Chinobay Afro-Jazz Fusion (Here House), and violin/guitar duo Lucia Micarelli and Leo Amuedo performing a mix of their diverse influences from jazz, to classical, Americana, and Latin (Wheeler Opera House 2nd floor lobby).
Legendary California jazz-funk revivalists, The Greyboy Allstars with Karl Denson, will perform at the Belly Up on Saturday. Remaining Saturday performances include Grammy Award winning former Rolling Stones back-up vocalist, Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton, at the Wheeler Opera House, and Grammy-nominated Mardi Gras Indian funk band Cha Wa at the Art Museum.
All of the above performances are included with a general admission pass for the days selected. Patron (VIP) pass holders will also have access to all above Friday and Saturday performances as well as entrance into the Durant Street VIP Tent featuring a full catered dinner, open bars and a private show each night (June 22-24). Performances include jazz vocalist Veronica Swift, swinging gypsy jazz from the Django Festival Allstars, and the jaw-dropping a capella group Naturally 7.
The June Experience will close on Sunday, June 25 with a rollicking New Orleans Brunch taking place at the Durant Street VIP tent featuring legendary, Grammy winners the Rebirth Brass Band. The brunch will include a full NOLA meal, bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary Bar.
“June JAS really hit its stride in 2022, people have figured it out and bonded with the unique format,” said JAS CEO/President Jim Horowitz. “It was a great buzz and great energy all around. A real celebration of diverse music in intimate settings. We are confident this is going to be a fantastic weekend”
General Admission Passes as well as individual brunch tickets, will be available for purchase February 16 at jazzaspensnowmass.org. Donor/VIP passes are available now at jazzaspensnowmass.org or by calling 970.920.4996.
The full daily schedule, ticket information and more can be found here.