Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced the acts for the Village Stage and the Janus Music Club during next month’s Labor Day Festival. The two stages will be located on the festival grounds in Snowmass Village, and will feature music between the main-stage performances.The Labor Day Festival is set for Sept. 1-5.Performing on the Village Stage, located in the vendor village, are Kan’Nal, a Colorado band that plays music inspired by Central America, Sept. 1; California electro-jam band Particle, with guest vocalist Gabby La La, Sept. 2; English groove band the New Mastersounds Sept. 3; and Oteil & the Peacemakers, led by Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, Sept. 4.The Janus Music Club has New Orleans rock band Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes Sept. 1; blues combo the Lionel Young Band, led by violinist Young, Sept. 2; San Francisco Afrobeat band Aphrodesia Sept. 3; Colorado slamgrass group Shanti Groove Sept. 4; and Denver r & b band Chris Daniels & the Kings Sept. 5.Labor Day Fest main-stage headliners include Widespread Panic (Sept. 1-2); Loggins & Messina (Sept. 3); John Fogerty and Willie Nelson (Sept. 4); and Maxi Priest and Alpha Blondy (Sept. 5).The four-day festival pass is available through Monday, Aug. 15. For tickets and full program information, go to http://www.jazzaspen.org, or call 1-866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499).
The Hudson Reed Ensemble is seeking Roaring Fork Valley talent to perform in its presentation of “Melange,” an evening of Vaudeville-style entertainment. “Melange” will be held at the Wheeler Opera House Oct. 14-15.Kent Reed, director of the Hudson Reed Ensemble and the founder of Theatre Under the Jerome (now Theatre Aspen), is looking for musicians, dancers, singers, jugglers, specialty acts and more.Auditions will be held at the Black Box Theatre at Aspen High School Friday, Aug. 19, from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1-3 p.m.To schedule an audition time, call Reed at 319-6867.
Planet Bluegrass’ annual Folks Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 19-21, at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons.Scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19, are Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, John Gorka and others. The Saturday, Aug. 20, lineup includes Joan Armatrading, Taj Mahal, Loudon Wainwright III and Jackie Greene. The festival closes Sunday, Aug. 21, with sets by Kasey Chambers, the subdudes, Todd Snider, and a 40th anniversary performance of “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie.Planet Bluegrass also presents the Festival of the Mabon, Sept. 17, in Lyons. Acts Nanci Griffith and the Blue Moon Orchestra and Dougie MacLean.For tickets or further information, go to http://www.bluegrass.com.
Local actresses Peggy Mundinger and Wendy Perkins will be the featured guests on Aspen Media Review Friday, Aug. 19. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Mundinger and Perkins join Aspen Media Review co-hosts Cara Daniel and John C. Noonan in discussing their upcoming two-character play, “Parallel Lives.” “Parallel Lives,” a sketch comedy show written by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy (“The Kathy and Mo Show”), is being presented by Aspen Stage at the Black Box Theatre in Aspen High School Aug. 24-27. The crew for the local production, directed by Brad Moore, includes set designer Tom Ward, lighting designer Lauren Wilder and sound designer Gordon Wilder.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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