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Snowmass’ super Sunday

Joel Stonington

Joel Stonington/The Aspen Times Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, rocks out on Sunday. He also plays the lead for Gov't Mule and a solo set today at the Belly Up.

Sunday at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival really cooked. With sets by Leftover Salmon, Michael Franti & Spearhead and the Allman Brothers Band, crowds arrived early. By 3 p.m., the start time for Leftover Salmon, the area to throw down a blanket and set up a chair was gone. Of course, some folks knew to come a little earlier to get the best spot.

“Oh, dude,” said Lacie Grunska, who drove from Conifer. “We were here at 8:30 in the morning.”Grunska was rocking out in the front row for all three shows, and got to give Michael Franti a hug when he came by after the show.

Clark Walker, a Denver-area man, was the first to the front row, following a mad dash when the gates opened in the morning. “We hauled ass,” he said. “They were blowing their whistles, saying ‘don’t run.’ But everyone was running.”

Leftover opened the day with their “polyethnic Cajun slamgrass” that got people moving. The show, which may be Leftover’s last, was a scorcher. However, the music of the day was just getting warmed up. And things may have really gotten off the ground when Franti & Spearhead busted out a rendition of “Stir It Up” that morphed into a UB40-ish version of “Red Red Wine.”

Of course, for those who came to see Southern rock, the Allman Brothers Band tore the house down. It’s was an added bonus to see two of “Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” playing side by side, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks were 23rd and 81st, respectively. The two tore it up Sunday.Still, Franti & Spearhead may have taken the cake when they brought out Haynes, to back up the band on a reggae-rock take on Sublime’s “What I Got.” The song somehow turned into the Sesame Street theme song and then went back to Sublime before Haynes left the stage.Joel Stonington’s e-mail is jstonington@aspentimes.com