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 11 – ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD - Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Cyril Neville is known for his amazing vocals and percussion skills as a member of the Grammy Award winning Neville Brothers and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nominees the Meters. Cyril’s history may speak for itself but it was his 2013 solo release “Magic Honey” that satisfyingly received critics praise and multiple accolades from around the world including 4 Offbeat Music Awards and a Blues Foundation nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues” CD. What really sums up the life of this Neville is his band Royal Southern Brotherhood. Royal Southern Brotherhood released their self titled debut CD in 2012. Immediately the band set out on a never ending tour performing their own brand of Soulful Rhythm and Blues Rock that would eventually cover 30 countries that same year.
Today Royal Southern Brotherhood’s line up has changed for the better. The band has become one with their music and it may have taken a change of guitarist to get there but the entire journey has been well worth it. Mike Zito and Devon Allman broke out of the band that brought them to the music world’s attention in 2014 and were replaced by two ace guitarist Nashville’s Bart Walker and Austin Texas guitarist Tyrone Vaughan.
The idea for the new line up came to fruition in January 2015 as the band descended on the infamous FAME STUDIO in Muscle Shoals, AL.
The time together showed when the band arrived at FAME. Producer, Tom Hambridge was so mesmerized by the quintet’s cohesiveness he didn’t want to touch a thing but the record button. Songs like “Anchor Me”, “Hell or High Water”, “Baby Girl” and the title track, “Don’t Look Back” all came from various places as the band toured. Whether it was a sound check in the mid-west or a cheap hotel lobby or some studio in Europe, the band fleshed out their ideas (often recorded on their cell phones), so they had structure and hooks worked out before reaching FAME. This allowed the band and Hambridge to concentrate on performance instead of spending time developing ideas.
The band that took the Blues and Jam world by storm in 2012 has honed it all in and are better then ever performing songs from their three studio recordings as well as the songs that Cyril is known for and has performed with the Meters and Neville Brothers for years.
June 23 – TAJ MAHAL TRIO - Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Taj Mahal Trio – Contemporary Blues & Jazz Taj Mahal established a career as one of the world’s premier blues artists and explored many genres from regions around the world, including the West Indies, India and Latin America, and recorded scores of albums. The Phantom Blues band was formed as a studio band to back up Taj Mahal and now tour with him throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. The two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.
June 30 – DJ DREZ, PRINCE EA & STEEL PULSE - Time: 6:00, 7:45 & 8:30pm
DJ Drez – Hip Hop DJ/6pm DJ Drez blends yesterday’s roots with the innovative urban beats of today. His accomplishments during his gradual evolution from hip-hop DJ to world music tastemaker have made him one of the top DJs and producers in LA’s underground music scene. A sound pioneer with an ear for cutting edge sonic ambiance, a finger on the pulse of music that makes bodies move, and the vision and skill to obliterate genre and boundary with his own trademark Jahta beats and production, Drez has skyrocketed to international acclaim from the dancehall to the yoga shala.
Prince Ea – Hip Hop/7:45pm In late 2008, Prince Ea released the mixtape “The Adolescence” on the internet for free. A few days later, he recorded an amateur video of himself rapping and entered it into a VIBE Magazine contest dubbed “VIBE Verses.” In 2009, he won a Funk Volume competition, stemming from success on YouTube, which allowed him to become the first hip-hop artist to have a feature in Discover Magazine. In 2011, he won the Riverfront Times “Best hip-hop artist in St. Louis.”
Steel Pulse – Reggae/8:30pm A roots reggae musical band, formed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England, composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass). Grammy award-winning reggae band Steel Pulse has been true to their roots for over 35 years. One of Bob Marley’s favorites, the band has maintained a sense of fierce integrity as it strives to get the message of love and justice across to all people.
July 1 – MAGIC GIANT & KARSH KALE & WANDERLUST TRIBE - Time: 6:30 & 8:00pm
Magic Giant – L.A. Indie-Folk Rock/6:30pm NPR proclaimed, “This L.A. indie-folk band has a festival anthem on its hands,” and since then Magic Giant has moved bodies and souls in over thirty cities across North America this year. They have sold out legendary venues ranging from the Troubadour in Los Angeles to Mercury Lounge in New York City to The Silver Dollar Room in Toronto. Their latest release, “Set On Fire,” charted at #4 on Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50. The band has built a reputation for its infectious sing-alongs and communal live experiences, blending folk instruments with big drums and dance rhythms.
Karsh Kale & Wanderlust Tribe – Indian Classical Folk with Electronica/8pm The word prolific barely begins to describe Karsh Kale’s storied career. The British-born, New York City-raised producer and multi-instrumentalist of Indian heritage has spent the last two decades zigzagging the world, headlining major festivals and spinning records at the White House for Barack Obama. The culmination of his planetary library can be heard on his fifth studio album for Six Degrees Records, UP. While the title implies ascension, the heart of this tale is transformation. Since the release of 2011’s Cinema, Kale has traveled between Brooklyn and India some fifty times.
July 2 – ELIJAH RAY, SON LITTLE & XAVIER RUDD - Time: 6:30, 7:45 & 9:30pm
Elijah Ray – Acoustic Soul/6:30pm In his 35 short years, Elijah Ray has become a prodigious vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist. Elijah is known for his pioneering heart and transformational music that crosses an insanely wide variety of genre varying from Acoustic Soul, Bumpin Funk, World Beat, Dance Pop and Rock to soul stirring Piano Ballads, Symphonic Yoga Soundtracks, and Shamanic, Sound Healing environments. His spiritual messages of authenticity and the power of community have transformed audiences internationally, and many are calling his music the “soundtrack of the awakening.”
Son Little – Acoustic Blues & Hip Hop/7:45pm Blending elements of acoustic blues, vintage soul, and conscious hip-hop into a mixture that’s expressive yet deeply personal, Son Little (alias of Aaron Livingston) is a singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter who divides his time between his own music and collaborating with others. In Philadelphia, Livingston struck up a friendship with band members of the Roots, and he guested on their 2011 album that same year, Livingston collaborated with alternative hip-hop artist RJD2 in a project they called Icebird, releasing an album called The Abandoned Lullaby.
Xavier Rudd/9:30pm Xavier Rudd is a well-known Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Torquay, Victoria, and attended St. Joseph’s College, Geelong. He has developed a strong reputation for playing extraordinary live performances at musical festivals and concerts in Australia and in North America. Many of Rudd’s songs incorporate socially conscious themes, such as environmentalism and the rights of Aboriginal peoples. In addition to playing the didgeridoo in many of his songs, he has also included both Australian and Canadian Aboriginal vocals.
July 7 – DAVE JORDAN AND THE NIA - Time: 6:30pm
Dave Jordan and the NIA – New Orleans Funk Dave Jordan, a New Orleans based singer/songwriter/bassist and guitar player, has over the course of nearly 20 years and 3 bands, produced or co-produced 6 albums, played nearly 2000 shows nationwide. He has performed or recorded with some of the most esteemed musicians in New Orleans and across the country; including recording with Art Neville, Anders Osborne, Joe Krown, Bill Summers and more; and performances with such bands as the Meters, Little Feat, Widespread Panic, Bob Weirs RatDog, Los Lobos and many more. Jordan himself has been expanding his sound and growing the rotating collection of musicians that form his Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA) band.
July 14 – LEFTOVER CUTIES - Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
As with any true troubadours, love makes their world go ‘round. On the band’s shining sophomore album “The Spark and the Fire,” love makes the heart sing, soar, ache and burn…often in the same hook.
Leftover Cuties – Shirli McAllen (lead vocals, ukulele), Austin Nicholsen (bass, ukulele, vocals), Mike Bolger (brass, keys, accordion, vocals ) and Stuart Johnson (drums, vocals) – have sparked a fire among fans with a timeless prohibition-era jazz sound, combining sultry vocals, pop-perfect songwriting, and seasoned musicianship. Their spellbinding first album “Places To Go” won raves from critics. Their impeccable and atmospheric live performances draw ever-growing and increasingly passionate crowds in the speakeasies and rock clubs of their hometown Los Angeles. A string of impressive licensing placements has won them fans the world over. Among those big spots: the theme for the Showtime series “The Big C” and an ad for Samsung that aired over and over (and over and over…) during the 2012 Olympics and generated more than three million YouTube views. “The title of the album stands for that yearning to hold on to the beginning of things,” says McAllen. “The part where everything feels new and pure, where there’s excitement and promise of great things to come.”
Now it’s time for more fans to get to know the band behind all of those songs on TV. Currently at work on their third studio album to follow with a North American and European tours. Leftover Cuties show no signs of slowing down any time soon. From a spark to a fire….
July 16 – DEAF CAMP BENEFIT
2016 brings the fourth year of the return of the legendary Deaf Camp Benefit: Summer Festival featuring live music. Our exciting headliner is a Denver based funk band, The Motet. Other acts include Rich Ganson, Starwood, and a tribute to John Denver.
At Deaf Camp Benefit, guests come from around the nation for some fun under the sun on the slopes of Snowmass. Great music, delicious food, and beautiful scenery add up to an amazing weekend one will never forget. The best part of the event? Feeling right at home with the friendly folks you will meet and dance with. And all for a great cause.
Deaf Camp Benefit, originally known as the Deaf Camp Picnic, was established in the 60’s with the help of John Denver, Jimmy Buffet, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the likes to support the great things Aspen Camp does for Deaf and hard of hearing kids. We brought this legendary event back in 2013 and included a John Denver Tribute. Read more about the history of Deaf Camp Picnic in the History tab.
All proceeds from this event goes to Aspen Camp, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose focus is on honoring and supporting the Deaf and hard of hearing community through education, experiences, and networking. Learn more about Aspen Camp, Deaf Culture, and/or American Sign Language at www.aspencamp.org.
Mack Bailey, Bobby Mason and Rich Ganson – Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica/1pm Mack Bailey is a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who is gaining an ever-larger audience with his strong, expressive classically trained tenor voice, with an impressive range and pure clean quality. Bobby Mason came to Aspen in 1969 and has played with John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Bo Diddley, JJ Cale, Dan Fogelberg and Kenny Loggins. Local musician Rich Ganson is known for his guitar, banjo, harmonica, singing and a “loud foot” are the main focus but loves to tinker with washtub bass and spoons.
Jes Grew – Rock & Roll Funk/4pm Jes Grew is an eclectic rock & roll band out of Aspen, which derives its name from the 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed. After entertaining in the Aspen area for over 10 years and sharing the bill with acts such as Widespread Panic, Warren Haynes, Taj Mahal, Trey Anastasio, Sam Bush, John Oates, Rusted Root, and many more, Jes Grew knows how to play to the crowd to keep everyone having a great time. The band is known for playing classic rock & roll songs with their own unique twist.
Pimps of Joytime – Soul Rock/7pm The Pimps of Joytime’s live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country, as they have begun writing their own success story, show-by-show and track-by-track. Spending formative years in New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles, their front man, Mista J, honed his craft, becoming an accomplished live performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. In 2005, he began to assemble a group of righteously soulful vocalists and musicians to assist in bringing to life the musical concept that would become—The Pimps of Joytime. The band’s diverse sound and spirited attitude is strongly influenced by the Brooklyn DJ culture and live music scene from which they emerge. The Pimp’s exponential growth of its fan base can be partially attributed to an artful blend of musical styles, including elements of afro-beat, salsa, rock & roll and electronica.
July 22 – JAMESTOWN REVIVAL - Time: 6:30 PM
Jamestown Revival – Classic American & Western Rock Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance moved to Austin at 22, and began to craft a sound of their own. Deeply rooted in harmony, they merged the sounds of the South with classic American and Western rock. Looking for adventure, as well as a change of pace, they eventually made the decision to head west and make the move to Los Angeles, CA. Throughout the course of the next 12 months, they wrote what is Jamestown Revival’s first full-length album, UTAH. In order to capture the spirit of the music, the two found a log cabin high within the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. Performed live, with no headphones, and entirely to tape, the process captured the moments in the room. They have since moved back to Austin with a signed record deal with Republic Records. Teaming up with Republic gave Jonathan and Zach the chance to add to the album without sacrificing what was special about the original UTAH.
July 28 – CHALI 2NA - Time: 6:30 PM
Chali 2na – American Rap & Hip Hop An American rapper and hip hop artist who was the unofficial point man for West Coast underground favorite Jurassic 5 and helped found the band Ozomatli. Known as an unmistakable, beloved baritone, Chali has firmly established himself as one of the most distinctive, charismatic personalities not just in hip-hop, but music in general./p>
August 6 – TARTAN TERRORS - Time: 6:30 PM
Tartan Terrors – Celtic Americana Rock Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing rock’s energy with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing-room only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares “(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!” Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on 4 different continents, in some of the most prestigious Festivals, Highland Games and Theatres of North America, including Lone Tree Center for the Arts, CO, Strand Capitol, PA, Oshkosh Opera House, WI, Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH, Newport Irish Festival, Newport, RI, and on Good Morning America.
August 11 – THE SAMPLES - Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
25 years after starting his full fledged music career with The Samples, Sean Kelly continues to delight fans with music that transcends genres, age and shatters the rules of the established music industry. Throughout his career, Sean has been the driving influence of 20 albums and over 1 million records sold.
Sean started playing guitar at age 16 listening to Neil Young, Rolling Stones and Jackson Browne. Those influences mixed with his own poignant and timeless lyrics, a unique and striking voice and a mind for melodies led to songs like Little Silver Ring, Feel Us Shaking and Wild River. For many fans, these aren’t new songs or old songs, but anthems to their lives that represent the first time they met their wife or the joys of their times at college.
The Samples are more than a band – they represent a culture of fans and music that go beyond who happens to be playing in the band at any given time. There have been many members of The Samples, but Sean Kelly has been the consistent factor throughout all of the changes.
Sean’s journeys across America have taken place in rental cars, tour buses and pickup trucks that would have literally taken him to the moon and back over the last quarter of a century. There is a lot of music in store in 2013 and beyond from Sean Kelly and The Samples.
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