The last days of summer, part 1 |

The last days of summer, part 1

Jazz Aspen Snowmass opened its weekend of Labor Day shows with a Friday night double-header. The Greyboy Allstars Reunion kicked off the concert series to a responsive crowd, followed by West African reggae great Alpha Blondy and Solar System.”I’ve been waiting to hear Alpha Blondy for over a decade,” said one concertgoer from Boulder. “I know how far he traveled to be here so my four-hour drive pales in comparison.”Saturday’s lineup featured Leftover Salmon, Bo Diddley and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. “There’s nothing in great rock ‘n’ roll like Tom Petty,” said local musician Jim Trowbridge, who has seen Petty in concert over the years. “He’s been playing for three decades now and is only getting better and better.”Though the music may have been sizzling on Saturday, the weather was not. Overcast skies gave way to rain and chilly temperatures midway through the day as the masses sought refuge under tents, gazebos or any shelter they could find. Fortunately, by the time Tom Petty took to the stage, the skies had cleared, the rain had ceased and a double rainbow remained.”See why I love living here?” posited an enchanted Gary Moore.Labor Day Fest fans gave favorable reviews for the most part in respect to the concert grounds. The pedestrian-friendly layout, with a vendor village on the west side of Brush Creek Road and concert stages to the east, was easy to maneuver. The VIP area featured flavors from Syzygy, private seating and a boutique tent. “Our merchandise is as varied as the music at this festival,” said Dena Kaye of Le Souk, who entertained shoppers throughout the event.Snowmass Mayor T. Michael Manchester was pleased to play host to the festival again after its departure to Buttermilk last summer. “This is one of the really special events we get to have in Snowmass. We’re happy to have it back.”To be continued …

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