July 25, 2005
Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced the complete main-stage lineup for its 2005 Labor Day Festival, Sept. 1-5, in Snowmass Town Park.Headliners for the festival are Georgia jam-band Widespread Panic Sept. 1-2, a reunited Loggins & Messina Sept. 3, rocker John Fogerty Sept. 4 and reggae singer Maxi Priest Sept. 5.Newly added opening acts are jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard and Colorado groove combo the Motet. Blanchard will open the day on Sept. 3, with the Motet kicking off the final day of the festival.Opening for Widespread Panic Sept. 1 are rock singer-songwriter Jerry Joseph, and South African singer-guitarist Johnny Clegg. The Sept. 2 show features New Orleans jazz-funk band Galactic and Latin rockers deSol.On the bill with Loggins & Messina is soul singer Joan Osborne. Opening for Fogerty are Willie Nelson and groove group Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.Co-headlining with Maxi Priest is fellow reggae artist Alpha Blondy.Playing in the Janus Music Tent, on the festival grounds, are Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, the Lionel Young Band, Aphrodesia, Shanti Groove and Chris Daniels & the Kings.Among the acts slated for JAS After Dark shows at Belly Up are California instrumental electro-jam-band Particle, with special guest Gabby La La, deSol, Jerry Joseph and San Francisco band Vinyl.Single-day tickets and multiday passes are available. For tickets, call 1-800-JAS-TIXX (527-8499). For further information, go to http://www.jazzaspen.org.
Criterion Collection and its sister company Janus Films will be recipients of the Special Medallion honor at the 2005 Telluride Film Festival. The 32nd annual festival is set for Sept. 2-5 in Telluride.Criterion, a publisher of DVDs, will be represented by William Becker, Peter Becker and Jonathan Turell at the festival. Janus Films was founded in 1956 around a Humphrey Bogart retrospective in Cambridge, Mass., and has been credited for sustaining interest in such films as “Battleship Potemkin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Rashomon.” Criterion, formed by the sons of Janus Films’ founders, revolutionized the quality of the home viewing experience through DVD technology.Past recipients of the Special Medallion include filmmaker and historian Kevin Brownlow, the French journal Positif, and entrepreneur Ted Turner.The Telluride Film Festival includes tributes, premieres, new features and more. The program is not announced until opening day.
The Chad Mitchell Trio will be special guests for one show at the Musical Tribute to John Denver concerts in October. The eighth annual tribute concerts are set for Oct. 7-8 at the Wheeler Opera House.The Chad Mitchell Trio will perform on Oct. 8 only. Denver, the iconic Aspen singer-songwriter who died in 1997, joined the Mitchell Trio in 1965.Among Denver’s bandmates and collaborators to appear at the concerts is Mike Taylor, who co-wrote “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and “Rocky Mountain High.”Proceeds from the concerts go to Challenge Aspen, which runs programs for people with disabilities.Tickets for the concerts are on sale at the Wheeler Opera House box office, or at http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com
Radio newscaster Howard Berkes will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, Aug. 5. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Berkes, who became NPR’s first rural affairs correspondent in 2003, will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his history with NPR. Berkes first came to notice with features on the eruption of Mount St. Helens and the attempt by Morton Thiokol engineers to halt the launching of the doomed Challenger space shuttle.Berkes will give a talk, Longing and Belonging in the American West, at the Given Institute Tuesday, Aug. 2.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.