Tickets for the 25th Annual JAS June Experience are on-sale now! The JAS June Experience at the Benedict Music Tent kicks-off with two very special performances on Friday, June 26. First, at 6pm, JAS will celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday and jazz roots with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, with Grammy winning vocalist Kurt Elling, reprising the iconic “Sinatra at the Sands” recordings with Basie,  and Grammy nominated vocalist Roberta Gambarini, with her quartet.. The evening will conclude with Maceo Parker and his white hot ten piece band performing “Soul Classics” from the songbooks of James Brown, Stevie Wonder and other legends of soul, along with his trademark “Funk Fiesta.” Maceo’s current show features James Brown inspired dance moves and will set the tone for a true 25th Year opening night celebration!

       The majority of seats for the Friday performances will be general admission which JAS is pricing at $35, the same ticket price that the initial Jazz Aspen Festival in 1991 featured, making it possible for the widest cross section of the Roaring Fork Valley to attend. From Sinatra to James Brown, the evening will celebrate iconic American music in a community celebration marking the launch of JAS’ 25th Summer Season.

On Saturday, June 27 the legendary Chicago makes their first ever Aspen appearance. Considered one of the longest running and most successful pop/rock ‘n’ roll groups in history, Chicago is the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time, coming in at #13.

The first weekend of the Experience concludes on Sunday, June 28 with the return of Naturally 7 followed by guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela. Naturally 7, who had an unforgettable performance in front of the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2013, has perfected an intriguing a cappella style they’ve branded “Vocal Play” – each member singing their vocal part using the sound of instruments like drums, bass and guitar. Rodrigo y Gabriela, the popular opening act at the 2011 JAS Labor Day Festival, is one of the biggest selling acoustic instrumental acts in the world. The two keep it simple, playing face to face, guitar versus guitar, rhythm and melody, a fiery and percussive high-energy show.

 On Monday, July 6, JAS and the Aspen Music Festival and School will co-present a very special evening at the Benedict Music Tent with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis. JAS and AMFS will once again offer an on-site pre-concert dinner at the JAS Patron Hospitality Tent, mirroring the Patron (VIP) ticket that JAS provides at their Experiences. Patron tickets will include gourmet catered hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, full open bars, on-site parking, and premium floor seating for the concert.  Reserved and general admission seating are also be available for the performance.

The expanded Free Lawn Party, a huge hit at the recent JAS June Experiences, will again take place on the Benedict Music Tent grounds prior to the main stage acts on June 26-28, starting at 5pm Friday and Sunday and 6pm on Saturday. The party includes a variety of on-site food booths, beverage and full bar service vendors and live music on two stages.