Motet to play free show for Aspen Camp

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun
Denver-based The Motet will headline the Deaf Camp Benefit on July 18 in Snowmass.
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Colorado favorite The Motet will play a free show on Saturday in Snowmass Village in support of a longtime local charity.

The jam band will headline the Deaf Camp Benefit, a longstanding tradition with a new name but the same cause: supporting the Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Old Snowmass.

The Aspen Camp is one of Aspen’s oldest charities, founded in 1967 and is said to be the original organization supported by the Aspen Rotary Club. Its biggest fundraiser was the Deaf Camp Picnic, headlined in those years by John Denver, Jimmy Buffett and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and held in the Campground area behind Snowmass ski area.

The camp resurrected the picnic in 2013, and organizers have found that the event is more successful at raising funds for the nonprofit when it’s donation-based. This year, all the music will be free, and donations to the camp will be accepted at the Thursday night concert on Fanny Hill as well as at the benefit in Base Village on Saturday.

Saturday’s benefit includes four different performances, culminating in the Motet’s set at 7 p.m. Food and drinks are available for purchase at Base Village restaurants and can be carried throughout the venue.

VIP tickets, including a wristband for appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks in a private buffet area, are available for $100. VIP tickets also include a commemorative poster, raffle tickets and other items.

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