Diana Krall, Trombone Shorty, Tony Bennett & Steve Winwood To Headline The Jas Aspen Snowmass 2014 June Festival!
JAS Aspen Snowmass is pleased to announce their 2014 June Festival line-up, including four nights of music at the Benedict Music Tent, JAS Café Downstairs @ the Nell performances, and the continuation of the June Festival lawn party. With dates which coincide with the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, JAS has altered the first weekend of the Festival to a Thursday - Saturday format, kicking-off on Thursday, June 19 with a rollicking night of New Orleans music featuring trombonist and vocalist Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. "Brass band, funk, rock and even some gospel-drenched soul music.. in many ways, he is a genre unto himself," says Billboard Magazine of Shorty. The band will be joined by special guests The Soul Rebels Brass Band and the legendary New Orleans jazz vocalist John Boutté, whose diverse styles encompass blues, Latin, gospel and RnB.
On Friday, June 20 multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz singer/pianist Diana Krall will take the stage in her first return to Aspen since 2006. Krall's new show, based on her extraordinary new album Glad Rag Doll, is an exhilarating and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new instrumentation and new musicians, which Diana calls, "a song and dance record."
The first weekend of the festival will conclude on Saturday, June 21 with one of the most influential artists in all of popular music, Steve Winwood. For more than four decades Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock 'n' roll. His last performance in Aspen was at the 2007 JAS June Festival where he kept an enthusiastic audience on their feet throughout the entire night.
The following weekend, on Saturday, June 28, JAS and the Aspen Music Festival and School will co-present a very special evening at the Benedict Music Tent featuring the legendary Tony Bennett. New this year, JAS & AMFS will offer an on-site pre-concert dinner at the JAS Patron Hospitality Tent, mirroring the Patron (VIP) ticket that JAS provides at their festivals. Patron tickets will include gourmet catered hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert, full open bars, on-site parking, and premium floor seating for the concert. Reserved and general admission seating will also be available for Bennett's performance.
The expanded Free Lawn Party, a huge hit at last year's June Festival, will once again take place on the Benedict Music Tent grounds prior to the main stage acts on June 19-21, starting at 6pm nightly. The party includes a variety of on-site food booths, beverage and full bar service vendors and live music on two stages.
Additional shows surrounding the Festival will take place at the JAS Café Downstairs at the Nell, including jazz vocalist René Marie on June 26-27 with a tribute to one of America's most iconic entertainers, Eartha Kitt, a show based on Marie's acclaimed new release I Wanna Be Evil. Marie is followed by vocalist Tierney Sutton on July 2-3 performing "After Blue," a tribute to Joni Mitchell, from her new release.
Other highlights of the 2014 JAS Café Summer Season include the return of Jamaican jazz piano virtuoso Monty Alexander's Harlem Kingston Express, August 8-9 and world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, August 15-16. More summer shows will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the June 19-21 JAS June Festival performances at Benedict Music Tent and the summer JAS Café performances will go on-sale Monday, January 6 through the JAS Box Office at 866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499), jazzaspensnowmass.org or at the Belly Up Box Office in Aspen (970-544-9800). Tickets for the Tony Bennett show will also go on-sale Monday, January 6 at the AMFS Box Office, 970-925-9042 or aspenmusicfestival.com.