Story by Amanda Charles & photos by Pavel Osiak Snowmass Sun

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September 4, 2012
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Cheers to the weekend: Best of Jazz Aspen Snowmass

Editor's note: For more photos, pick up the print edition of this week's Snowmass Sun.SNOWMASS VILLAGE -I wish I could say I partied with the rest - that I threw on the old cowboy hat and mini-skirt, boozed it up and boogied all weekend with the thousands of others who attended this year's Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival. The truth is, I don't actually own a cowboy hat, and if I did, I don't know if I could ever find an appropriate occasion to wear it. But in all honesty, I was there, just not on the side with the comforters, cowboys and coolers. For the entire weekend I was behind the bar, enthusiastically serving drinks alongside a group of veterans who have worked the Labor Day Festival for the past 10-plus years. And it was fine by me, because apart from the occasional drunk who asked to buy 18 beers at once, I had the opportunity to work with some great people who not only spit out drinks faster than a vending machine, but also took timeouts to help out their neighboring bartenders, like initiating much-needed "safety meetings" in between sets. Whoever you are, I hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as I did. And if perhaps you didn't, I sent a photographer to the scene to capture some memorable moments that at the very least should bring a smile to your face.

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The Aspen Times Updated Sep 4, 2012 05:19PM Published Sep 4, 2012 03:52PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.