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Eagles singer-drummer Don Henley has been booked to replace John Mellencamp as a headliner at next month’s Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival. Mellencamp, who was scheduled to make his Jazz Aspen debut Sunday, Sept. 3, canceled due to “unspecified personal reasons,” according to Jazz Aspen.The 12th annual Labor Day Festival is set for Sept. 1-4 in Snowmass Town Park.Henley, a former part-time Aspen area resident, co-founded the Eagles in the early ’70s in Los Angeles. The band played some of its first concerts in Aspen, and went on to become one of the best-selling bands in music history. Henley’s solo albums include 1989’s “The End of the Innocence” and 2000’s “Inside Job.” Opening acts for Henley are Del Castillo and Los Lonely Boys, as previously scheduled.Additional headliners for the festival are country singer LeAnn Rimes, hip-hopper Kanye West and Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu. Additional opening acts include Keller Williams, Susan Tedeschi and Robert Randolph & the Family Band.Jazz Aspen has also announced artists for its JAS After Dark Snowmass Village Block Party, featuring late-night concerts after the main stage acts, Sept. 1-3. Artists include New Monsoon, Seventh Hour, Oteil Burbridge, Elemenopee and Gnappy. Participating venues are the Blue Door, Mountain Dragon, the Silvertree Cabaret Room and Il Poggio.For tickets and further information on the Labor Day Festival and JAS After Dark, go to

Aspen Community Theatre will present a free workshop, The Art, Craft & Business of Acting for Camera and the Stage, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20. The workshop, at the Black Box Theatre in Aspen High School, will be led by actor Richard Hatch.Hatch is best known for his TV roles in “All My Children,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and “Battlestar Galactica.” He is currently featured in the new “Battlestar Galactica” series on the Sci-Fi Channel and NBC.The class meets 6-10 p.m. each day. Registration is required. To register or for further information, call Beth Odén at 925-3677, or e-mail

The Valley Jazz Concert Series will present a straight-ahead jazz performance Aug. 23 by Walt Smith & the Valley Jazz All Stars. The concert is set for 7 p.m. at the Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale.Smith has been a pianist in the Roaring Fork Valley area since the mid-’50s, and has had regular gigs at Aspen Highlands, the Tippler and the Sopris Restaurant.Tickets are available at Sounds Easy in Carbondale, Glenwood Music or at the door.


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