Labor Day Fest – Sunday & Monday
The second half of the four-day festival was filled with even more musical bliss, clear skies and sunshine. Sunday’s lineup featured BR549, Lyle Lovett and the legendary Steve Miller Band, accompanied by special guest John Handy.
As Miller and company broke into old favorites such as “Abracadabra” and “Jungle Love,” the crowd chimed in, recalling the familiar lyrics from back in the day.Snowmass Village served as the proud host of the concert weekend, opening its arms to welcome the masses well into the night.
Saturday’s Jazz After Dark options included Topaz at The Blue Door, Robert Randolph and The Family Band at The Snowmass Conference Center, and an impromptu set by Cake at Mountain Dragon.
Robert Randolph unleashed a raucous performance, drawing more and more fans as time marched on. As the clock struck midnight, he and band members invited ladies from the audience onstage, and they shook their things as he continued to sing.Labor Day greeted the crowd with bluebird weather and a final celebration. Families flocked to the festival grounds, establishing their home bases on the lawn.
Robert Randolph and The Family Band opened the show with yet another rousing set. Cake’s performance polarized the crowd, but infused a little extra life into the afternoon. Rocker Lucinda Williams rounded out the weekend.
Later that night, Cake performed once more, offering a “free concert for the people” at Club Chelsea in Aspen. “Hearing so many acts this weekend really impresses upon me how starved we are for live music,” said a local who attended all four days of the festival and a slew of After Dark shows. “Thanks to Jazz Aspen Snowmass, we’ve been rejuvenated for a while.”
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