Jazz event adds cheaper options
Jazz Aspen is opening the doors a little wider for its upcoming New Year’s Eve extravaganza, Artists for the New Millennium. The event, a benefit for Jazz Aspen’s various educational programs, is set to feature 11 musical acts at the St. Regis, Aspen hotel on Friday, Dec. 31.A Locals Late Show has been added, which will allow attendees admission at 1 a.m. The newly added option will give ticket buyers the opportunity to see all 11 of the bands, which will be performing in continuous rotation in several rooms until 4 a.m. The Locals Late Show ticket also will include open bar, unlimited champagne and breakfast at 2:30 a.m. The Locals Late Show tickets are on sale for $200.Also added is the JAS After Dinner ticket, which will allow holders entrance to the bash at 11 p.m. The $500 ticket includes the dessert buffet as well as music, open bar and champagne.According to Jazz Aspen executive producer Jim Horowitz, the Locals Late Show option had been contemplated from the early stages of planning the event, but Jazz Aspen had been waiting to see how much space was available before making the tickets available. The Jazz After Dinner plan was a late addition to allow those who were planning an early restaurant dinner for New Year’s Eve to join the party.There are also tickets still available for the full Artists for the New Millennium event, which begins at 9 p.m. and features a gourmet buffet dinner, cigar bar and more. Tickets range in price from $1,000 to $2,500; half of the price is tax deductible.Among the musicians scheduled to appear are Dr. John, who will perform in a quartet setting and also accompanied by the Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians; New Orleans’ Afro-Cuban-spiced Los Hombres Calientes; blues singer Shemekia Copeland; Colorado soul singer Nina Storey; roots musician Alvin “Youngblood” Hart; John Mooney & Bluesiana and more.For tickets, call Jazz Aspen at 920-4996.
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