Belly Up books B.B. King, Joe Cocker |

Belly Up books B.B. King, Joe Cocker

Stewart Oksenhorn
Bluesman B.B. King will play the Belly Up in August. Tickets, now on sale, are $150 and $250. (Stewart Oksenhorn/The Aspen Times)

So how does the Belly Up top the news that B.B. King’s 80th Birthday Tour will make a stop in the Aspen club this summer? How about rock singer Joe Cocker joining King on the Belly Up calendar ” on the same weekend that the King of the Blues makes his appearance?

Earlier this month, the Belly Up announced that the octogenarian King ” No. 3 on Rolling Stones’ list of greatest rock guitarists, and a current Grammy Award winner for his duets album, “80” ” will perform on its stage Aug. 12. Last week, the Belly Up added British-born, Colorado-based singer Cocker to its lineup ” for Aug. 13.

Both musicians have made multiple appearances with Jazz Aspen Snowmass in recent years: King last played Jazz Aspen’s June Festival in 1998; Cocker performed on the June Fest stage in 2004. Concerts in small clubs are a different matter. King’s current tour, rumored to be his last full-fledged tour, has him at festivals, amphitheaters and theaters; Cocker’s summer dates are at festivals, casinos and theaters. (The Belly Up capacity is around 425.)

Tickets for King are on sale now, and run $150 (or $250 for reserved seats). Tickets for Cocker, on sale May 1, are $100 ($300 reserved).

Other upcoming acts at the Belly Up include: 17-year-old singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell (Friday, April 28); hip-hop’s The Stepfather Tour, with People Under the Stairs, Time Machine, Gym Class Heroes and Psalm One (Friday, May 5); Bob Schneider (June 8); Super Diamond (June 15-16); Young Dubliners (June 18); Steel Pulse (June 22); Rusted Root (July 9); and Elvin Bishop (Aug. 4).

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