From jazz to bluegrass to rock, get ready for a great summer of performances.
Aspen draws in top musical acts year after year, and what is summer in the mountains without live performances? Fortunately, there’s an exciting schedule of live music events on the horizon. From summer staples like JAS Aspen/Snowmass and the Aspen Music Festival to newer events like Jas Cafe and Bluegrass Sundays, there’s plenty of talent to enjoy. Here’s how to experience live music in the perfect settings this summer.
Aspen Music Festival & School
The AMF remains one of the most esteemed classical music festivals in the United States. Live shows return from July 1 to August 22. Savor an awe-inspiring symphony from Harris Hall, or spend your Saturday afternoon enjoying a performance by the music school students, while taking in the 360-degree views from the top of Ajax. aspenmusicfestival.com
The lineup at Belly Up this summer has something for everyone and will surely prove worth the wait. Headliners include big names, such as FISHER, Big Gigantic, Kygo, LeAnn Rimes, The Beach Boys, Black Pumas and many more. Belly Up is set to open at 100% capacity, but with the caliber of these artists, shows are sure to sell out quickly. bellyupaspen.com
Jas Aspen Snowmass is exceeding all expectations for the Labor Day Experience this year. The artists performing at the concert series include Kings of Leon, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, and Stevie Nicks, among others. In addition, Jas Aspen is rolling out newer events. Jas Cafe is a series of intimate jazz performances located all around Aspen in superb locations, such as the roof of the Aspen Art Museum. jazzaspensnowmass.org
Snowmass Free Concert Series
The Snowmass Concert Series is a cherished 28-year-old tradition that will run this year from June 10 to August 26. Fanny Hill is the perfect location to relax, have a drink and enjoy great music with a picturesque sunset backdrop. The all-encompassing 2021 lineup is diverse and includes numerous genres of music, from rock to folk to hip-hop. There’s no better way to spend a Thursday evening with family and friends. gosnowmass.com
Wheeler Opera House
The Wheeler is the heart of arts and culture in Aspen. Kick-off the summer with performances by Bettye Lavette, Ulysses Owen’s Jr. and Tuba Skinny. Performances at this historic opera house are not to be missed. wheeleroperahouse.com
From July 11 through September 26, bluegrass musicians will host open-air concerts at the top of Aspen Mountain on Sunday afternoons. Conveniently located right outside the sundeck, where you can pop inside for a bite or a cocktail. This series is a town favorite and the perfect way to unwind from a busy week. aspensnowmass.com
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