Aspen and live music are nearly synonymous. Whether you are looking for intimate JAS Cafe performances to warm your soul during our cold winter months, casual Bluegrass at the top of Aspen Mountain, or world class classical music at the Benedict Music Tent, Aspen has a music venue and a genre to suit your fancy.
Belly Up Aspen: Belly Up Aspen is a 450 person music venue which hosts over 300 live concerts a year and features top musical talents such as Thievery Corporation, B.B. King, Jane's Addition, Widespread Panic and many many more.
Aspen Music Festival & School: The Aspen Music Festival & School (AMFS) was founded in 1949, as part of Aspen's cultural renaissance following WWII. It is one of the top classical music festivals in the United States and utilizes the Benedict Music Tent on the Aspen Institute Campus as its primary venue. Its signature eight-week summer season includes more than 300 classical music events ranging from orchestra and chamber music performances to fully staged opera productions. A favorite summer pastime is packing a picnic and enjoying the 4pm Sunday afternoon concert for free on the listening lawn outside the tent. You are also likely to see the music students playing on the walking mall in the summer evenings. In the winter, AMFS presents the beloved Winter Music Series as well as the Metropolitan Opera's acclaimed "The Met: Live in HD" series.
Classical Saturdays: Free performances are held at 1pm on Saturdays in the concert meadow at the top of Aspen Mountain performed by students of the Aspen Music Festival & School. They are located just a short walk out on Richmond Ridge from the top of the gondola. Purchase of gondola ticket required.
JAS Aspen Snowmass (JAS): The mission of JAS is to present and preserve jazz and related forms of music through world-class events, performances and education programs. Their signature events, JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience and the JAS June Experience showcase headliners such as Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder and more. JAS Cafe compliments these Experiences by offering year-round intimate performances downstairs at The Little Nell and The Cooking School of Aspen.
Bluegrass Sundays: Free open-air concerts are held at the top of Aspen Mountain from noon-3pm on Sundays featuring bluegrass musicians from around Colorado. Concerts are located just outside the Sundeck. Purchase of gondola ticket required.
Bud Light Hi Fi Concert Series: A series of free winter outdoor concerts which are held during key events and peak weekends throughout the ski season. All concerts are held in unique locations throughout Aspen and Snowmass. Past performers include Umphrey's Mcgee, Vampire Weekend, Ghostland Observatory and more.
Wheeler Opera House: Since 1889, The Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen's favorite year-round performance venue. The space underwent a renovation in 2015 and features more than 300 events per year, from local performers to international stars.
Live music is also available at the Aspen Saturday Market, and many restaurants and hotels around town. Here are a few suggestions to check out: Limelight Hotel, The Red Onion, L'Hostaria Ristorante, and Living Room Bar at the Hotel Jerome.