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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      May 15, 2019
Contact:        Gena Buhler                                                                                              Craig Boleman
           970-920-5790                                                                                           972-717-5181
                           [email protected]                                                        [email protected]
Aspen, CO (May 15, 2019) The Wheeler Opera House has announced the line-up for its third annual summer series, Sunset Sessions. Performances will feature amazing music, spoken word, comedy and more. The events will be presented in The Vault (formerly the Wheeler Bar Lobby stage)—one of the best places to watch the sunset behind Aspen Mountain. Sunset Sessions events are free to the public. The bar opens at 7:00 p.m. and all performances begin at 8:00 p.m. More information is available at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (970.920.5770/ aspenshowtix.com). The Wheeler Opera House is located at 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO.
There will be a limited number of reserved tables available for purchase. Tables of 4 can be reserved in advance starting on Tuesday June 4th, and include a bottle of wine from the bar and a food platter from Aspen Public House.  
“It’s hard to believe this is already the third year of our Sunset Sessions series!” exclaims Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler. “We are so excited to have this free series back at the Wheeler, thanks to the support from the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT). From poetry to stand-up comedy, singer songwriters to family programming, the Sunset Sessions series has something for everyone in Aspen!”
Sunset Sessions Lineup:
Ismo Leikola | Tuesday, June 18 & Wednesday, June 19
After selling out concert halls and theatres across the UK and Finland and even starring in and writing his own sitcom, ISMO made his US debut in 2014. He uses his unique point of view to find humor in the most ordinary things.
Jan Garrett & JD Martin | Wednesday, July 3
Jan & JD are known for their piano-based music that winds through pop, gospel, jazz, folk, soul and country…. but it’s the rich vocal harmonies, lyrical depth, and their compelling stage presence that define their magnetic appeal.
Trace Bundy | Wednesday, July 17
Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso, his music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience.
Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World by David Gonzalez |Thursday, July 18
Bring the whole family to learn more about the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, and the Bronx! These tales are filled with memorable characters, fantastic plots and positive messages for children of all ages.
Writ Large: An Evening of Storytellers | Sunday, July 21
Produced in partnership with Alya Howe, this series touches the hearts of all who have been involved. There is tremendous value as a community to have our stories heard and to be a listener—everyone has a story.
Zainab Johnson | Wednesday, July 24 & Thursday, 25
Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian and actress, is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. Zainab’s comedy is based on her unique point-of-view, which was shaped growing up in Harlem as one of thirteen siblings in a Muslim family.
An Evening of Poetry | Sunday, July 28
Stand up. Sit in. Speak up. Listen in. Join up. Curated by Alya Howe, this live poetry event featuring poets performing their work to a live audience in a supportive environment where all are invited to share and listen.
Locals Comedy Open Mic hosted by Rebecca Robinson | Wednesday, July 31
Hosted by local comedian and winner of the 2018 Aspen Laugh Fest Open Mic Night, Rebecca Robinson, Open Mic Night will give locals comedians a chance to test new material and to develop their acts.
Brendan James | Thursday, August 1
Brendan James is a singer-songwriter whose songs have landed spots on over 15 major television shows and feature films and he's achieved the #1 Singer Songwriter spot on iTunes, multiple times.
Chris Garcia | Thursday, August 8
Chris Garcia is an acclaimed stand-up comic and writer, appearing on Comedy Central’s @Midnight and Adam Devine’s House Party, NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, NPR’s This American Life and The WTF Podcast with Marc Maron and more!
Colorado Music Showcase | Monday, August 12
Enjoy a night of great music featuring Colorado talent! Musicians TBA.
Aspen Mountain Film Festival will close out the summer season at the Wheeler, with the festival lineup to be announced in July.
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Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue and has become the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, and more. In recent years, the Wheeler has been a leader in producing exceptional festivals in Aspen, celebrating the comedy arts, global issues, and the craft of songwriting.

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



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