Book Your Trip

Call a local vacation expert at 800-670-0792


FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Screen Shot 2019-04-08 at 11.11.39 AM.png


Enjoy a Jazz Walk, Soul Stroll, Blues Shuffle, Funk Ramble, World Dance
at Multiple Venues Across the Downtown Core

Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) announced today the initial line-up of both artists and venues for the newly formatted JAS June Experience. Taking place June 20-23, the Experience will consist of multiple staggered shows daily, allowing attendees to the opportunity to walk from venue to venue for a diverse mix of music genres, in settings for listening as well as dancing.  Inspired in part by the original HBO Comedy Fest, as well as Food & Wine, the event will bring musically focused lanyard wearing attendees to the downtown core and the vitality of mixing multiple events and guests all across downtown. Passes for the event go on-sale Friday, February 22 at 9am including the choice of a 3-Day weekend pass, or a daily pass that will allow access into all participating venues. A weekend VIP pass will also be available and will include three dinners, similar to the format of the VIP tent formerly hosted during the June Experience at the Benedict Music Tent.

The Experience will kick-off with two performances rooftop at the Aspen Art Museum featuring New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi-Gras Indian outfit, Cha Wa, a 2019 Grammy Nominee for Best Regional Roots Album. These shows are open to all 3-day pass holders with a limited number of single show tickets going on-sale in advance. In addition to the Aspen Art Museum, JAS plans to utilize space at the Belly Up, downstairs at The Little Nell, the Velvet Buck at the St. Regis, The Jerome Garden, Victoria’s Espresso & Wine Bar and more over the weekend.

Confirmed artists for Friday include Grammy winning jazz vocalist Patti Austin, the young breakout British singer/composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier and Canadian singer/trumpeter/bandleader Bria Skonberg. On Saturday American blues legend Taj Mahal will perform at the Belly Up, with additional shows that day to include Patti Austin, Bria Skonberg, the legendary Afro-Pop and Jazz African bassist and vocalist Richard Bona, and R&B and jazz vocalist Jose James celebrating Bill Withers with his “Lean on Me” performance. The Experience will conclude on Sunday with additional performances from Jose James of “Lean on Me” as well as a separate jazz standards set, Calypso/Carnival themed shows from Caribbean-born trumpeter Etienne Charles, and a Jazz mini-marathon hosted by American jazz trombonist and band leader Wycliffe Gordon and Friends at The Little Nell. Also on Sunday, the Hotel Jerome will host a New Orleans/Gospel Brunch in the Garden from 10am-2pm. Brunch tickets will be sold separately from the passes with ticket information and artists to be announced at a later date. 


“This JAS June Experience promises to be a fantastic and genre diverse musical celebration that will attract the widest audience demographic of JAS June in years,” says JAS President & CEO Jim Horowitz. “From sophisticated intimate listening rooms, to dancing and swaying, to rhythms from around the world, this re-invention of JAS June will generate huge vitality and energy in the Aspen core. It’s fantastic to have so many venerable Aspen venues be a part of this celebration and we thank each of them for joining us. No matter how you get to the next venue (a walk, dance or shuffle) you’ll hear something amazing when you get there!”


JAS plans to announce more artists and venues in the coming weeks, along with a detailed grid outlining the full schedule of events, including artist talks and VIP hospitality. Events will generally take place starting as early as 5pm nightly and ending as late as midnight.


Passes will be available on Friday at jazzaspensnowmass.org, 866.JAS.TIXX (527-8499) or at the Belly Up Box Office. Three day passes, which will have the added bonus of Thursday’s kick-off show, will be offered at $175 plus service. Single day Friday and Saturday passes are priced at $85 each and Sunday at $70 plus service.


VIP passes will be available Friday at jazzaspensnowmass.org or 970.920.4996. In addition to the nightly dinners VIPs will have reserved seating at Belly Up for all shows and reserved areas at other venues.


June Blind Faith pass-holders will be entitled to receive a choice of either a 3-day weekend pass or a full refund. JAS will be in touch with all buyers to arrange in the coming weeks.


For more information please visit jazzaspensnowmass.org or call 970.920.4996.

4th of July Parade Waiver


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  


  • 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”).


                                    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.


                                         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.


   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



X close