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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.

Snowmass Free Concert Series: For over 25 years Snowmass has been offering a free music series during summers on Fanny Hill. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the venue.

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.

Event calendar

We have so many live music events it would be impossible to list them all on this page. Click below to view the full event calendar with live music lineup.

Event Calendar

4th of July Parade Waiver

2018 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED 

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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