John Legend joins Labor Day lineup
SNOWMASS VILLAGE Jazz Aspen Snowmass soul-music day at the 2007 Labor Day Festival just got a little more soulful. John Legend, whose 2004 debut, Get Lifted, earned a Grammy Award for best r&b album, has been added as the headline act for Saturday, Sept. 1. Previously announced for that day is Joss Stone, the 20-year-old British soul singer whose 2004 album Mind, Body & Soul earned three Grammy Awards. An additional opening artist for the day has yet to be announced.Legend joins an already announced lineup for the four-day festival that includes the Allman Brothers Band, Govt Mule, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Leftover Salmon, Dereks Trucks Band and Susan Tedeschi, among others.Legend is no stranger to local audiences. He played the intimate Belly Up Aspen in April, and the $170 reserved seating for the show sold out. Legend was a rising star when he headlined for a Winter X Games concert in Wagner Park in 2005, on the heels of his well-received 2004 debut, Get Lifted.” Last year, Legend released Once Again, which featured producers Kanye West and will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas. The album earned Grammy Awards for best male r&b vocal performance and best r&b performance by a duo or group.The JAS Labor Day Festival opens Friday, Aug. 1 with acoustic quartet Nickel Creek opening for Ben Harper.On Sunday, Sept. 2, a reunited Leftover Salmon opens for Southern blues-rock band The Allman Brothers Band.Govt Mule headlines on Monday, Sept. 3, with singer-songwriter-guitarist Jackie Greene and Derek Trucks Band with Susan Tedeschi playing opening sets.Tickets for the Labor Day Festival available in person at Aspens Wheeler Opera House, by telephone at 866-527-8499 and on-line at http://www.jazzaspen.org.
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