The last days of summer, part 2
September 10, 2003
For day three of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival, the North Mississippi Allstars launched into a lively show to start the day. Fans swarmed the venue, establishing their home bases for the day as the band belted out rock ‘n’ roll tunes.
“It was a southern, funkin’, rockin’ good time,” summed up fan Ben Richardson after the performance.
Next, Susan Tedesci stepped to the stage with her distinct vocals and bluesy music.
Headliner Neil Young waited until dusk to open with his first set, a live version of his new “musical novel” Greendale, followed by a set with Crazy Horse where he revived many of his familiar songs to an enthusiastic audience.
Afterward, the crowds spilled out of the concert grounds to catch “JAS After Dark” shows in Snowmass Village, hit the town in Aspen or keep rocking at house parties. One party in particular lasted ’til dawn, with Crazy Horse guitarist Frank “Pancho” Sampedro showing up and jamming with host Drew Scott.
“That was definitely a highlight of the weekend for me,” said Scott.
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For those with enough energy to make it to Monday, country music was on the roster with Asleep at the Wheel, Sam Bush and Clint Black.
Having executed a first-class festival for more than a decade, the JAS board, staff and crew deserve major appreciation from us all for continuing to bring great music to the valley year-round.