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  April 26, 2018


Contact:       Gena Buhler                                                                                    Craig Boleman

      970-920-5790                                                                                972-717-5181

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Aspen, CO (April 26, 2018) The Wheeler Opera House has announced the line-up for the second annual summer series called Sunset Sessions. Performances will feature great music, spoken word, comedy and more. The events will be presented in 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.

“We had such success with the Sunset Sessions series last year, we are excited to be making it bigger and better this summer!” explained Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler. “The series is a fun way to welcome the community into the Wheeler with diverse group of programming. And best of all, we’re keeping it free thanks to the support from the Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT).”


Writ Large: Stories of the Wheeler | Thursday, June 21

Produced in partnership with Alya Howe, this series has been touching 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—a belief that everyone has a story. Writ Large will feature stories about the Wheeler or an experience in the Opera House.


Ben Sollee | Friday, July 6

Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee likes to keep moving. He kicked off 2014 with the release of his score for the documentary film Maidentrip followed by performing at Carnegie Hall as part of a tribute to Paul Simon. He has supported song-writer William Fitzsimmons and toured in Europe and across the United States. If you’ve seen him perform, you know it’s not to missed. For listeners just discovering Ben’s music, you’ll find that there’s a lot more to it than just songs.


Sara Schafer | Friday, July 20

A critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer, and producer, Sara is currently based in Los Angeles. She was the co-host of MTV’s late night show Nikki & Sara Live. Sara has appeared on @Midnight, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up ShowLate Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Inside Amy Schumer. She won two Emmy awards for her work at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and has written for Ed Helms’ Comedy Central special, The Fake News with Ted NelmsProblematic with Moshe KasherNot Safe with Nikki Glaser and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire


The Poetry Market | Sunday, July 22

Stand up. Sit in. Speak up. Listen in. Join up. Curated by Alya Howe, The Poetry Market is a live poetry event featuring poets performing their work to a live audience in a supportive environment where all are invited to share and listen.


Nina Gabianelli | Thursday, July 26 & Sunday, July 29

Nina brings back her one-woman cabaret act “Here I Am” for two performances at the Wheeler. This show is a beautifully crafted musical storytelling of her theatrical life; from childhood, to New York City, and finally here to Aspen, with arrangements and accompaniment by David Dyer. An 18-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, Gabianelli served as both hostess and performer at Aspen’s Crystal Palace until its 2008 closing.

Alex Guthrie | Friday, July 27

Alex Guthrie is a singer-songwriter based in Atlanta. With the infusion of different genres such as soul, folk and rock, Guthrie brings audiences together through brilliant lyrics and an expressive voice. Most recently, he has been noted as “the guy from the Jennifer Hudson commercial.” The now-infamous American Family Insurance commercial features him playing in Atlanta’s Woodruff Park when the Grammy Award-Winning singer and performer Jennifer Hudson surprises Guthrie and sings along to Bill Wither’s beloved “Lovely Day.” The commercial has played on national television and radio, resulting in new opportunities and heightened awareness for Alex Guthrie, his band and his music.


Consensual Improv! | Thursday, August 2

Audiences have packed the house for every performance by Consensual Improv!, Thunder River Theatre Company's new adult comedy improvisation troupe, since its debut performance in November 2016. High energy shows feature improv games and audience interaction in the style of "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" and Second City in Chicago.


Locals Open Mic | Friday, August 3

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. Interested participants need to apply with their name, short intro description of themselves and their content (requirement of 5-7 minutes of PG13 comedy). Slots are filled on a first come, first served basis starting July 15.


Colorado Music Showcase | Sunday, August 5

Enjoy a night of great music featuring Colorado talent! Musicians TBA.


Noah Gardenswartz | Friday, August 10

Noah is a comedian based out of New York who featured at the 2014 Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival as a New Face. His comedy has been featured on TBS’ “Today’s Riff,” Comcast’s “Trial By Laughter,” and Bounce TV's "Uptown Comic." He most recently was a contestant on the NBC show “Last Comic Standing.”

Opening for Noah is one of NYC’s hottest comedians Ester Steinberg


The 10th anniversary of Mountainfilm in Aspen will close out the summer season at the Wheeler and will be announced on July 6.


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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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