Jazz Aspen hits sour note | AspenTimes.com

Jazz Aspen hits sour note

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:The organizers of the Jazz Aspen music tent are a disgrace to the music industry and an embarrassment to Aspen. Never have I been to a show that was run more like an elementary school than a musical gathering. The entire day we “general admission” people were treated like “undesirables.” We could not stand in the aisle and dance; at least 500 seats in the middle remained empty while we were pushed off to the side. There was even white chalk marked on the grass in the back of the tent that designated where we had to stand. The minute a person ventured out of the “white zone,” a “scolding” guard jumped on top of them. It became very difficult to truly enjoy the show.The most disgraceful thing that happened occurred during the performance of the legendary Buddy Guy, who was really turning it on and firing the crowd up. In the middle of his set, the musically ignorant organizers of the event delivered a message to him that he had to quit. The show began at 9 p.m.; it was barely 10:30 p.m. when that happened.The people in charge of Jazz Aspen need to really contemplate whether or not they should be controlling something they have no understanding of. Unfortunately, our world is run by people that would rather control behavior than allow you to have a good time. It is extremely disappointing that this occurs in such a mellow, beautiful place like Aspen. Rob TramazzoGlenwood Springs

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