Jazz Aspen Snowmass has released the initial lineup of both artists and venues for the newly formatted JAS June Experience.
Taking place June 25-28 next year, the June Experience will consist of multiple, staggered shows daily, allowing attendees the opportunity to walk from venue to venue for a diverse mix of music genres, in settings for listening as well as dancing, according to a news release.
The new format debuted in 2019 to positive reviews from attendees who enjoyed the opportunity to see multiple artists performing in multiple venues each night, the release says. Returning venues for 2020 will include: Belly Up, Aspen Art Museum, The Little Nell, St. Regis Aspen, Victoria’s and the Skye Gallery. Additional venues will be announced in 2020. JAS June Experience 2020 kicks off the 30th Anniversary summer Season of JAS, the event born as Jazz Aspen June 21-23, 1991.
Three-day passes for the event go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m., the release says. Based on availability, single-day passes will be released later this winter. A weekend VIP pass also will be available Thursday and will include three nights of dinners at the Downtown VIP Tent (June 25-27), and new this year, two private VIP concerts that will take place in the tent. Additionally, VIP purchasers will have the option of reserving a seat at one show of their choice nightly.
The Experience kicks-off on June 25 with two performances on the Aspen Art Museum roof featuring the New Orleans band Tuba Skinny. The band draws on a wide range of musical influences — from spirituals to Depression-era blues, ragtime to traditional jazz. The shows are open to all three-day pass holders through an advance reservation with limited single-show tickets opening up for the public at a later date, the release states.
Confirmed artists for the June 26-28 performances include multi-Grammy winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater; the most awarded a cappella group in history, 10-time Grammy recipients Take 6; funk and jazz jam band Galactic with special guest Anjelika Jelly Joseph; Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander with his Harlem Kingston Express show; virtuoso guitarist Charlie Hunter joining former Snarky Puppy singer Lucy Woodward in a trio performing vintage pop and classic standards; the soulful, rhythm and blues, rock & roll organ, guitar and drums of the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio; the extraordinary Brazilian guitar talent with unique mouth percussion Badi Assad; and the return of four former JAS Academy students performing with Ulysses Owens Jr. Gen Y showcasing an exciting mix of young new artists.
On June 28, JAS will present a New Orleans Brunch at the VIP tent with $65 tickets also going on sale Dec. 12. Tickets include a full brunch, bloody mary and mimosa bar and a performance from 7-piece joyful jazz group Sammy Miller and the Congregation.
JAS plans to announce additional artists and venues this winter, along with a detailed grid outlining the full schedule of events, including artist talks and VIP hospitality. Events will generally take place starting as early as 5 p.m. nightly and ending as late as midnight.
General admission passes, including entrance into all venues, and brunch tickets will be available at jazzaspensnowmass.org or (866) 527-8499, starting Thursday at 10 a.m. VIP passes will also be available starting Thursday at jazzaspensnowmass.org or by calling (970) 920-4996.