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Bluegrass with Sam Bush highlights this years lineup of free outdoor concerts on Fanny Hill at Snowmass.The Thursday night concerts, produced by Jazz Aspen Snowmass, begin June 29 with New Orleans-based guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit and wrap up on Aug. 24 with Bush, a bluegrass legend.The Snowmass summer season kicks off June 9-11 with the third annual Chili Pepper & Brew Fest a mix of chili competitions and tastings, microbrews and a musical lineup that includes Jonny Lang; Medeski, Martin & Wood; Trevor Hall; the Wood Brothers and Sean Costello. Tickets are $15 per day or $25 per day for a party pass that includes microbrew samplings and chili tastings. Then come the ever-popular free Thursday concerts. In all, Snowmass will offer more than 14 free shows this summer.Were giving a big tip of the hat to the Big Easy this year, and for all the right reasons, said Jim Horowitz, Jazz/Aspen Snowmass executive producer, in a press release. This is one of the best lineups in the history of the program. Without a doubt, the culmination is Sam Bush at the end.From New Orleans favorites Benoit, The Iguanas and Jon Cleary, to Chicago blues with Lil Ed to jazz with Soulive and bluegrass with Bush, the Thursday night series promises an eclectic mix.In addition, the Blind Boys of Alabama will bring their innovative style of traditional gospel to Snowmass as part of a Saturday, July 1 independence celebration that also includes a laser light show. Two free Massive Music & Movies weekends have been scheduled as well, combining free outdoor movies with concerts by Particle, an act yet to be announced on June 18, and the Mutaytor, a unique Las Vegas-style performance art show set to music.

The summer lineup looks like this:June 9-11: The Chili Pepper & Brew Fest, featuring Jonny Lang; Medeski, Martin & Wood; the Wood Brothers; Trevor Hall, and Sean Costello. Visit http://www.snowmassvillage.com/chilipepper for details and tickets. June 29: Crescent City guitarist/vocalist Tab Benoit. July 1: Independence celebration concert and laser light show featuring Grammy winners/Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees the Blind Boys of Alabama. July 6-8: Cajun band The Iguanas on July 6, instrumental funk/rock quartet Particle on July 8 and techno/retro funk with The Mutaytor on July 8. July 13: Average White Band danceable, funky soul. July 20: To be announced. July 27: Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials Chicago-style blues. Aug. 3: Jazz trio Soulive (theyve opened for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band.)Aug. 10: New Orleans vocalist/pianist Jon Cleary (he fronts his own band and tours internationally with Bonnie Raitt). Aug. 17-19: Acts for the Thursday night show and the Massive Music & Movies event to be announced. Aug. 24: Acoustic innovator/bluegrass man Sam Bush. Sept. 1-4: Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival acts yet to be announced. September: Bands are yet to be announced for several planned celebrations, including Oktoberfest on Sept. 9, Wine & Jazz on Sept. 16, and Wayword Song during the Snowmass Balloon Festival.


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