Salon at Justice Snow’s celebrates four years |

Salon at Justice Snow’s celebrates four years

Marimba band The Flying Mallets will perform Sunday at the Salon at Justice Snow's.
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If You Go …

What: Salon at Justice Snow’s

Where: Justice Snow’s

When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 5 p.m.

How much: $25

Tickets and more info:

The Salon at Justice Snow’s will celebrate its fourth anniversary Sunday evening with a special group of talented artists performing a variety of compelling works in the parlor at the downtown bar and restaurant.

Renowned composer and salon curator Andrea Clearfield and performance artist Alya Howe each select individual performers or groups to showcase their diverse talents in front of an audience that’s limited to 50 people.

Founded by in 1986 in Philadelphia by Clearfield — an Aspen Music Festival and School alumna — these events feature a broad spectrum of artistic performance, including all types of music, spoken word, dance and multimedia works. It began its Aspen run in 2012.

Many of the pieces and ensembles are experimental and created specifically to suit the intimate atmosphere.

“Alya and I are excited to present six amazing artists/ensembles to celebrate our four-year anniversary of the Salon at Justice Snow’s,” Clearfield said in a statement. “Some have traveled from as far as Los Angeles, Chicago and New Orleans to perform, while others are some of the valley’s most creative artistic voices.”

Sunday’s program includes classical and rock crossovers, jazz and punk, virtuoso piano, poetry and African-inspired music. Flutist Michele McGovern will perform interdisciplinary original works narrated by Alya Howe, singer-songwriter Stephanie Nilles will play original works-in-progress from an operatic radio play based on Shakespeare’s “Othello” set in post-Katrina New Orleans, while jazz vocalist and violist KaroliNa will perform excerpts from her latest album, “Songs of Hope.”

Jason Rodon and Janet Harriman perform classical works on vibraphone and harp, while poet Kristin Carlson performs “Falling in Love With Dead Men and Other Hazards of Literary Life” and the youth marimba ensemble Flying Mallets perform a dynamic, joyful mix of music from Africa and beyond.

“I chose four Colorado artists who inspire me as I watch them not only growing their own artistry in their chosen disciplines but mentor burgeoning artists in their communities,” Howe said. “This is exemplified by our closing performance by the Flying Mallets, a marimba ensemble of children to adults. Jason Rodon, featured in an earlier salon, shared with us the techniques of how to play timpani and then performed a solo timpani work.”

Rodon is collaborating with harpist Janet Harriman on Sunday.

Justice Snow’s Chef Jonathan Leichliter will serve hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of wine or beer is included in the $25 ticket price. Tickets are available online at and by phone at 970-429-8192 to reserve their seats.

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