Tunes on an outdoor patio under the Colorado sunshine. Lively shows featuring big names beneath bright lights and night skies. Casual afternoons downtown catching impromptu, pop-up classical performances thanks to the students at Aspen Music School. Days spent exploring the high country followed by a show in the heart of Aspen. It all sounds a little bit more special in the mountains, and in the summertime, when the weather allows for shows in every kind of setting. Here’s your guide to catching the best live music this summer while visiting Aspen Snowmass.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Jazz Aspen Snowmass, also known as “JAS,” offers a weekend of performances across 10 divers venues including the Belly Up, the Wheeler Opera House, 39 Degrees at W Hotel, Limelight Hotel, the Bad Harriet, located downstairs at the Hotel Jerome, and more. Catch acts like GRAMMY winner and blues master Keb’ Mo’ at Belly Up, Latin Jazz duo Dubinsky and Dario Acosta Teich at Here House, GRAMMY-nominated husband and wife soul artists The Baylor Project at the Limelight Aspen, plus many more. Whether you choose to go to one show or get a VIP pass to access all of them, JAS June Experience is an opportunity to discover new artists and venues and enjoy global sounds in your favorite mountain town.
Snowmass Concert Series
Celebrating 30 years of free, live, outdoor music on Fanny Hill, the Snowmass Free Concert Series is a weekly event both locals and visitors look forward to every Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30pm all summer long. Mark your calendars and bring your blankets to enjoy a wide range of music, including acts from artists like Hot Buttered Rum, The Altons, Hazel Miller, Freddy Jones Band, Pimps of Joytime, and many more. From bluegrass to Chicano funk pumping through Snowmass makes it the place to be on Thursday evenings.
Aspen Music Festival
In 1949, with the help of Aspen Skiing Company co-founders Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke, Aspen hosted the Goethe Bicentennial, a gathering of great minds, musicians, and artists that spawned the creation of both the Aspen Music Festival and the Aspen Institute. Today, the Aspen Music Festival and School hosts a summer season of music annually with shows across Aspen. Get tickets to see multiple performances by artists ranging from esteemed orchestras to jazz performers in the legendary Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall or at smaller locales located up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. Summer in Aspen sounds like the Aspen Music Festival—don’t miss the opportunity to see one of these shows this season.
Music on the Mountain Classical Saturdays
From atop Aspen Mountain on Richmond Ridge, relax to classical showcases put on by the students of the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival & School. The concerts are free to anyone who purchases a gondola ticket and begin at 1pm on Saturdays, so make your way to the top of Aspen and get lost in the views and the beautiful melodies created by the next generation of brass, woodwind, string, piano, and vocal masters.
Belly Up Aspen is an intimate venue that features A-list artists year-round. This summer, catch major DJ sets from Claptone, Sofi Tucker, Deadmau5 and dance-party phenomenon Flight Facilities. Live bands more your thing? See performers like Charley Crockett, Melissa Etheridge, Shakey Graves, Big Wild, Pepper, and Jamestown Revival. Conveniently located next to Ruby Station downtown, Belly Up makes it easy to come from anywhere in the Valley to grab dinner or drinks before seeing a show at one of Aspen’s most iconic, intimate venues.
Hike, run, or take the Silver Queen gondola up to the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain for some afternoon pickin’ on Sunday afternoons. Grab a bite and a beverage and soak in the views at 11,000 feet every Sunday from mid-July through the end of September from noon to 3pm. Bands will be announced soon.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience
One of the most popular annual musical events in the Roaring Fork Valley, the JAS Labor Day Experience takes place in beautiful Town Park in Snowmass, with ski slopes covered in green as its backdrop. This year, get ready for a big-name lineup including Leon Bridges and the Black Pumas on Friday; Chris Stapleton, Zach Bryan, and Patrick Droney on Saturday; and Stevie Nicks, Little Big Town, and Marc Broussard wrapping up the incredible weekend on Sunday. Get single-day tickets or opt for a full weekend pass.
Find Live Music Down Valley
Spending your warmer months in other areas within the Roaring Fork Valley? Enjoy a wide range of performances and musical events at The Arts Center at Willits (TACAW), the Lions Park outdoor stage located in Basalt, or one of the lively shows hosted by KDNK, the community radio station, at Sopris Park in Carbondale.
Arts and Culture Guide
Arts and Culture Guide
Aspen often gets ample attention for its dynamic roster of arts-oriented events and cultural institutions, but Snowmass Village and the greater Roaring Fork Valley offer plenty of places to satisfy your curiosity as well. Discover it all with our Arts & Culture Guide.