Live Music Guide: Winter

Just because it is winter doesn't mean we put live music on hold. Below is a roundup of venues and popular concert series to keep in mind.

Live Music Guide

Considering that we're deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it is safe to say that Aspen is not exactly a "convenient" stop on the touring circuit.

And yet, they come.

Big names, too: from Big Boi to Lyle Lovett, LCD Soundsystem to the String Cheese Incident, an eclectic array of musicians continues to make playing Aspen (and the neighboring town of Snowmass Village) a priority. You can chalk it up to our renowned live music festivals — such as the Bud Light HiFi Concert Series or our newest one, The Après — or to the acclaimed downtown music club called Belly Up, which has entertained major acts for decades. Either way, a visit to Aspen Snowmass, in winter or summer, isn't complete without a little live music.

Top Live Music Experiences

Bud Light HiFi Concert Series

Bud Light HiFi Concert Series

Each year, three free concerts throughout the ski season offer something for everyone with the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series. Concerts are held on a rotational basis between Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza, Snowmass Base Village and downtown Aspen.

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Belly Up Aspen

Belly Up

This small club with a big reputation regularly brings big names to Aspen. Recent acts include a range of eclectic tastes: LCD Soundsystem, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Chris Isaak, Deadmau5, Kacey Musgraves, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Kills and more.
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Live Music Wheeler Opera House

Wheeler Opera House

Aspen's grandest and most historic performing arts venue remains this jewel from 1889. Throughout the year, the Wheeler Opera House hosts concerts, stand-up comedy, film festivals and other events that draw an audience from far and wide.

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Live Music in Aspen, Colorado

Live Music in Aspen, Colorado

For a town with a population under 7,000, it's incredible that Aspen attracts such an amazing roster of live music acts. Then again, considering the town’s culture of creativity and playing hard, maybe it is not so surprising. Snowmass Village is burnishing its concert reputation as well, particularly in summertime with a series of festivals.

Jas Cafe Little Nell

Jas Café at the Little Nell

Jazz enthusiasts ought to head straight to the Little Nell Hotel where the Jas Café features local and national jazz acts in an intimate underground space beneath the hotel.

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Limelight Lounge Snowmass

The Limelight Lounge in Aspen and Snowmass

Live music fans looking for a mellower scene — with great cocktails and a killer wine list, too — now have two Limelight Hotels to choose from. The Limelight Hotel Aspen is the original, located across from Wagner Park. Meanwhile, the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass anchors the redeveloped Base Village.

Local live acts bring a spark of fun every Thursday through Monday nights at both properties.

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