Snowmass Village Free Summer Concerts
Snowmass is the place to be for FREE music. Snowmass Village and JAS have joined together since 1994 to give you a summer full of free concerts that everyone is sure to enjoy! Throughout the summer there is a wide variety of musical genres presented, everything from reggae to classical jazz. The concerts are held at the end of the Snowmass Village Mall on Snowmass Mountain. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit in. Food is allowed in the fenced in area. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be carried into the fenced in area, but beverages will be available for purchase in the fenced in area. Dogs and their owners have a designated area on the hillside above Woodrun V.
Music starts at 6:15 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.
June 25 – Orgone
For over a decade, Orgone has been steaming up nightclubs and drenching the largest music festivals in the country in sweat. Serving a cold-blooded concoction of deep soul, rare funk, and afro-disco with a raw rock star edge that is uniquely LA, Orgone’s music grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet, and shoves you out onto the dance floor. Tough, sexy, and adventurous, this sonic muscle car shifts through multiple gears from slyly slinky to seismically cinematic, while remaining spacious and uncluttered. eMusic says: “Their music is terrifically unfussy, big slabs of grizzled R&B, greasy as fatback, and thick as a very particular kind of smoke.” For their searing live performances and warm, dirty homegrown recordings, Orgone has been called “One of the heaviest acts we’ve heard in years” by Dusty Groove America.
The band is a symbiosis of eight seasoned musicians, at the core of which are keyboardist Dan Hastie and guitarist Sergio Rios who started creating classic sounds as green teens brought together by a mutual affinity for raw soul recordings. Members of Orgone have collaborated/performed with the Roots, Al Green, Gil Scott-Heron, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Breakestra, Thievery Corporation, and the Monophonics. As tight in the studio as they are on stage, …as the backing band on Cee Lo Green’s multiple Grammy Award-winning track “Fool for You” and Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” album. Up front and unmistakable is Adryon de Leon, Orgone’s lightning rod, whose hearty, agile vocals are an intoxicating foil to the gritty intensity of the band. Orgone is currently getting their hands dirty in KillionSound, their Fortress of Soulitude, injecting the pure, passionate heat of their live sound into wax. Throughout this year, the band will maintain a strong touring presence while tantalizing crowds with new material from their upcoming album, which will be released into the wild in the Fall of 2014.
July 2 – Lee Fields & The Expressions
6:30pm: High & Mighty Brass Band! There’s a reason that musical trailblazers from Galactic to DJ Logic have recently chosen to collaborate with High and Mighty Brass Band! and legends such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band, and Trombone Shorty have chosen them to share the stage. Co-mingling band members from New Orleans, NYC, and a host of other cities across the globe, this dynamic krewe has the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences. Their live performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring, connecting the band with each and every audience member. Just catching a single performance will make it abundantly clear why HMBB! is known as “a party in progress!”
8:00pm: Lee Fields & The Expressions You’d be forgiven a few years ago if you heard a Lee Fields song and thought it was somebody else: O.V. Wright, The Delfonics, or–of course–James Brown. But now, with the release of Emma Jean, there is no mistaking a Lee Fields track. A distinct soulful sound and a grown style has been forged between him and The Expressions. His 45 years of recording this music, 5 years deep now with Truth & Soul–something has clarified. “He’s 65 years old,” says Leon Michels, co-owner of Truth & Soul and the man with the production credit on Emma Jean. “he’s so focused, and has been working non-stop–he’ssinging the best he ever has.” Emma Jean shows this progression and may prove that Fields, The Expressions, and Truth & Soul may be no longer interested in being contemporary soul music royalty. Instead, they seem more motivated to push this music in new directions and explore it’s next steps.
July 3 – Wanderlust Spectacular
The Wanderlust Spectacular is the Cirque du Soleil of yoga, a sacred celebratory extravaganza that actively engages the audience to participate with their mind, body, heart, and soul. Through rich imagery, innovative lighting design, and cutting edge music, we will tell the compelling story at the core of Wanderlust’s mission – how to find one’s own true north. This ensemble show features yoga pioneers DJ Drez, Cameron Shayne, Shakti Sunfire, Hemalayaa, MC Yogi, YogaSlackers, AcroYogis, HANNAH and Quixotic dancers. Artistically directed by AcroYoga co-founder Jenny Sauer-Klein, this fully original show will turn you upside down, inside out, and set your heart on fire!
July 9 – Gangstagrass
Blending bluegrass and hip–‐hop may seem like an unlikely recipe for success, but don’t tell that to Rench, the mastermind behind the Emmy–‐nominated bluegrass/hip–‐hop outfit Gangstagrass. Back when Rench was in grade school, recess was a time for breakdancing on cardboard to RUN–‐DMC. But at home, his parents were playing Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash records on the stereo. That musical mash up made a lasting impression on Rench, which he finally put to good use after spirited him on a journey to play country–‐flavored hip–‐hop at venues all over the globe. After settling in Brooklyn, Rench started recording MCs at Rench Audio Studios, his home studio. The rappers may have thought their sessions were finished, but Rench continued to experiment, combining the vocal tracks with samples of bluegrass, blues, and electronic beats. The result was a genre–‐demolishing blitz called Rench Presents: Gangstagrass.
July 16 – Jaden Carlson Band
The Jaden Carlson Band is a high-energy power trio based out of Boulder, Colorado that melds funk, soul, jazz, fusion and rock. Led by Jaden, a guitar artist, they expertly perform a unique and expansive repertoire of infectious originals and carefully selected covers embodying their own unique arrangements. Jaden’s band is comprised of herself on lead guitar and vocals, Will Trask on drums, percussion and backing vocals, and Eric Luba on left-hand bass, keys and backing vocals. Having formed in late 2014, the band discovered a common love and joy of creating music during a band-basement jam that, upon playing for the first time, stretched six hours into the night. Subsequent days of hours-long jamming and writing cemented what is now the Jaden Carlson Band, and their enthusiasm for playing together radiates throughout every venue they play. In their short time as a musical unit, the Jaden Carlson Band has already headlined many theaters, performed on the main stage of major festivals, supported national touring artists (Anders Osborne and Robert Cray), toured throughout many states, and released their own album. These three talented musicians bring a wealth of musical knowledge, experience and prowess to each performance, and an irresisitable and dynamic energy that has their audiences begging for more. Jaden has shared the stage with many notable artists including Umphrey’s McGee, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Devon Allman & The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Dumpstaphunk, Dopapod, Tauk, Roosevelt Collier, John Popper and Blues Traveler, Groundation, and many others. She is the youngest artist to legitimately perform at the Red Rocks Ampitheater…twice, as well as performing frequently at the some of the nation’s best festivals.
July 23 – Feufollet
Feufollet is Americana at it’s finest— reverential but wholly nonconformists. The young and vibrant Southwest Louisiana band takes Cajun, honky-tonk, and string-band music as their starting point, and keeps an open mind about where their song craft will lead them. On Two Universes, their first studio album in over five years, Feufollet proves their Cajun roots don’t define them as much as propel them forward; whispers of the swamp and its time-honored waltzes trigger a modern and broad musical imagination, one that finds equal expression in blues, old-time, country ballads, rock’n’roll, whatever, all for the sake of the song.
Following the celebrated releases Cow Island Hop (2008) and En Couleurs (2010), Two Universes is the product of long-steeping recording sessions and collaborative songwriting between bandleader Chris Stafford and singer and multi-instrumentalist Kelli Jones-Savoy, whose contributions make this a breakout album, of sorts.
Raised on Appalachian fiddle traditions, Kelli adds old-time stomp to the band’s repertoire. Also new to the band, keyboardist Andrew Toups lends a new-wave gospel sound owed to his background playing in rock bands. Toups’s influence on shaping the record, combined with Feufollet’s usual fare—twin fiddles, French accordion, guitar twang, and barn-dance rhythms— give the record more than a passing resemblance to the Band’s Music From the Big Pink.
But above all else, the album’s signature sound comes from the vocal performances. Flipping from husky honky-tonk angel to French chanteuse, Kelli’s voice perfectly pairs with Stafford’s swamp-pop vocal stylings. As the two trade off lead and harmony parts, they hit upon some of the same magic as history’s greatest duet partners—Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Theirs is the sound of two universes colliding and, no surprise, it reaches maximum effect on the album’s title track.
Cajun, country, and rock’n’roll all began as homespun enterprises, by musicians tinkering with inherited melodies until new sounds were struck. Feufollet keeps that experimental spirit alive and well with their diverse musical palette, edgy arrangements, and pop-song sensibilities. On their 11-track release—exquisitely packaged with the psychedelic-folk art of Louisiana painter Francis Pavy—the band accomplishes the unusual feat of creating a sound that is at once familiar and fresh, classic and yet unmistakably original.
August 6 – Firefall
The genealogy and musical roots of Firefall run deep into the fertile soil of American rock and folk rock music. It began with Woodie Guthrie and later Bob Dylan, evolving into the Byrds and the Buffalo Springfield. The genre established by these luminaries continued with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Manassas, the Band, Neil Young, the Eagles, Poco, Loggins and Messina, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris, Dan Folgelberg, America and Firefall. Many of these participants mingled in the studio and on tour. Individually and collectively they created a sound that changed the world’s musical landscape. FIREFALL is one of the few surviving bands of this genre, remaining true to it’s founding vision and roots despite personnel changes over it’s thirty year history. The band transcends and embraces many industry labels – rock, soft rock, country rock, easy listening, unplugged, Americana and contemporary country.
August 13 - Taj Mahal
One of the most prominent figures in late 20th century blues, singer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal played an enormous role in revitalizing and preserving traditional acoustic blues. Not content to stay within that realm, Mahal soon broadened his approach, taking a musicologist's interest in a multitude of folk and roots music from around the world -- reggae and other Caribbean folk, jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco, various West African styles, Latin, even Hawaiian. The African-derived heritage of most of those forms allowed Mahal to explore his own ethnicity from a global perspective and to present the blues as part of a wider musical context. Yet while he dabbled in many different genres, he never strayed too far from his laid-back country blues foundation. Blues purists naturally didn't have much use for Mahal's music, and according to some of his other detractors, his multi-ethnic fusions sometimes came off as indulgent, or overly self-conscious and academic.
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