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Trey cool: Anastasio to play Aspen

Chad Abraham
Trey Anastasio, former Phish frontman, will close the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival.
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In the heat of summer, Aspen is going to smell Phishy.Former Phish frontman and guitarist extraordinaire Trey Anastasio will close the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival on June 25, concert officials announced in a press release. Tickets go on sale today.”I’m sure many people will get excited by it,” JAS executive producer Jim Horowitz said Sunday.That is likely an understatement. Anastasio helped Phish become one of the largest draws in the history of rock ‘n’ roll before the legendary band broke up in 2004. Rolling Stone dubbed Phish “the most important band of the 1990s,” and the band’s legions of fans followed them from concert to concert á la the Grateful Dead.

Anastasio has since had numerous solo projects and has played with a new band, Oysterhead. Horowitz wasn’t sure if that band would back Anastasio in Aspen or if a different arrangement was in the works.JAS officials have discussed landing Anastasio previously, “And it just ended up working this time,” Horowitz said. “Like a lot of things, it’s just a timing thing.”The festival received confirmation Friday that Anastasio was coming. He is the latest in a growing number of hugely popular and diverse artists to play at the June and Labor Day festivals. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Widespread Panic, Willie Nelson, Joan Osborne, David Byrne and Jack Johnson, among others, have all played the upper valley in recent years.This year’s June Festival lineup at Rio Grande Park also includes Elvis Costello and Maceo Parker, who will open for Anastasio.

“It’s definitely a different show for the June lineup,” Horowitz said. “We’re in a place now where we’ve really broadened our programming enough to where it was possible to take a shot at [Anastasio]. We want the June Festival to be relevant for a young audience also.”He put the kibosh on any talk of a possible Phish reunion, though.”Not here. It is not a Phish show,” Horowitz laughed. “I don’t think the venue is so suitable for a Phish show anyway.”Anastasio will play in Rio Grande Park as part of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Tickets go on sale today at the Wheeler box office, by phone at (866) 527-8499 or online at http://www.jazzaspen.org. Patron ticket information is available at 920-4996.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com


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