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Labor of love

May SelbyAspen, CO Colorado
Sammy and Scotty in the mix. (May Selby)

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival, presented by Calamos Investments, drew record crowds last weekend with four days of live music in a festive atmosphere. Snowmass Town Park was the scene of the action, with musical acts rotating from the main stage to the JAS Village Stage to the JAS Music Club. Friday nights first act, acoustic trio Nickel Creek, set a relaxed tone as the weekend opener followed by an energetic performance from headliner Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. For those fortunate enough to spend time in the patron section during the festival, Chef Martin Oswald and the staff at Syzygy served up savory dishes such as diver scallops with Olathe corn puree, lemon risotto with asparagus, and succulent short ribs. Sundays lineup of Leftover Salmon, Michael Franti & Spearhead and the Allman Brothers Band was clearly a highlight of the weekend. The talented Franti backed by Spearhead spread positive vibrations with powerful lyrics and rhythmic beats. Headlining act the Allman Brothers churned out a heavy dose of Southern rock and intense jams. According to Dave Butler, senior vice president of title sponsor Calamos Investments, Were very happy to be a part of this end- of- summer fest. Just look at the backdrop, he marveled, eyeing the views surrounding Snowmass.