Belly Up Aspen has dozens of “I heard them when” shows – the Avett Brothers, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – during which emerging bands play the intimate club on their way to the top of the charts. It’s hard to predict who might be next, but some say Lake Street Dive may be it. The four-piece jazz-soul indie group really isn’t much of a secret after playing late-night shows like “The Colbert Report” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” but when they take the stage this Saturday, Aug. 9 for just $23 in Aspen, it still feels like an underground band. And if they go bust, at least you heard some great music along the way.
Speaking of unique experiences, jazz pianist Monty Alexander returns to the JAS Cafe, and he’s bringing a reggae vibe with him. He traveled to Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio to recreate some of Marley’s original songs with a jazz twist. Alexander and his Harlem Kingston Express play two shows each night (7 and 9:15 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday night.
Worth a Mention:
Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s annual picnic and auction takes place Saturday afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Even if you aren’t bidding, it’s fun to watch the whole process go down.
On Monday evening, filmmaker Pete McBride will talk about his award-winning documentary “Chasing Water,” and discuss the art of filming at the Wheeler Opera House in a lead-up to its MountainSummit festival later this month.