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Labor Day lineup grows with Crow, Williams

Stewart Oksenhorn

Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced that Sheryl Crow and Lucinda Williams will be among the headliners at its 10th annual Labor Day Festival. Crow will make her Jazz Aspen debut on Saturday, Sept. 4, in her only scheduled Colorado appearance of the summer. Williams will make her valley debut on Monday, Sept. 6.

The Labor Day Festival will be held Sept. 3-6 in Snowmass Village’s Town Park. Among the acts previously announced for the festival are Jack Johnson and G. Love & Special Sauce on Sept. 3; David Byrne on Sept. 4; and the Steve Miller Band and Lyle Lovett on Sept. 5. Additional opening acts for Sept. 4-6 are still to be announced.

“We’re always looking to get women on the bill,” said Jazz Aspen founder and executive producer Jim Horowitz. “There are never as many great lady artists and performers. And we’ve been pursuing both of these for years. You don’t get two big stars like this the first time around.”

Singer-guitarist Crow hit it big with her 1994 debut “Tuesday Night Music Club,” which featured the single “All I Wanna Do.” She has remained a fixture on radio with such songs as “If It Makes You Happy,” from her eponymous 1996 album, and “Soak Up the Sun” from the 2002 album “C’mon, C’mon.” Crow will be featured on the soundtrack to next month’s “De-Lovely,” a film biography of songwriter Cole Porter.

Country-rock singer Williams broke through with her acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning 1998 folk-rock album “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road,” a record that famously took six years and three complete takes to make. She has followed in short order with “Essence” in 2001, and the harder-edged “World Without Tears” last year, both considered essential examples of alt-country.

Jazz Aspen has also announced that East Coast jam-rock band Deep Banana Blackout will play a reunion show on Sept. 3 at the Snowmass Conference Center, as part of the JAS After Dark series of shows.

Four-day passes for the Labor Day Festival are available for $125 for a limited time. Tickets for Friday, Sept. 3 only, featuring Jack Johnson, G. Love & Special Sauce and Donavon Frankenreiter, are also available for $35. No price has been set yet for single-day tickets for Sept. 4-6.

Tickets are available at the Wheeler Opera House box office. For further information, call 920-4006, or go to http://www.jazzaspen.com.

Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is stewart@aspentimes.com


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