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Labor Day Festival

May Eynon

Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Labor Day Festival provided five full days of moving music, a wide range of cuisine and plenty of opportunities for socializing.One of the most memorable aspects of the festival is the range of perspectives throughout the grounds. Whether you’re browsing through the vendor village, viewing the scene from the top deck of the patron tent, dancing in front of the main stage or listening to the bands in the side tents, there are myriad settings to enjoy.”I like being in the mix,” said Greg Olsky, who spent much of his time front and center for the shows.According to chef Don Brown, the patron tent provided an exceptional culinary experience. Feasting on the food dished up by Syzygy Catering, Brown noted, “The Ahi salad rules.”

Festivalgoers Debbie and Ron Rader agreed that the cuisine is a main draw, stating, “We come for the food and stay for the music.”Sunday’s lineup included the legendary musician Willie Nelson, who played a memorable set with a couple of family members by his side. The 72-year-old entertainer performed favorites such as “On the Road Again” and “Whiskey River.” Covers, including “Me and Bobby McGee” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House,” were also met with roars from the crowd. “I was inspired hearing Willie play,” said John Staten, the drummer for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. “I almost got a little teary eyed a couple of times.”To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail allthewaymay- may@hotmail.com