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Snowmass Summer of Free Music Lineup
Dust off those picnic baskets and lawn chairs and get ready for a great summer of music in Snowmass
THE SNOWMASS SUMMER OF FREE MUSIC SERIES LINEUP
June 20 – Freddy Jones Band/Chicago Rock
The Freddy Jones Band are roots-rock specialists in the tradition of groups like the Eagles, The Band and The Allman Brothers. Their influences stretch across the archives of musical history sound is a blend of blues, rock and folk music all-together. Tour history reveals an extremely hard-working band that believed in their music and followed their dreams.
June 27 – The Dunwells/British Folk Rock
Utterly natural—there’s no more fitting description for both the music of The Dunwells as well as the story of their magical rise from the pubs of Leeds to an American record deal and a stunning debut album in just two short years. The group is two brothers, two cousins and totaling five best mates who simply love to sing and play music. Striking an organic blend between acoustic and electric roots music laced by luscious vocal harmonies by all five members, their songs and sound feel both bracingly fresh while at the same time as warm and familiar as a dear long-time friend.
July 5 (Friday Show) – C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band/Zydeco
C.J. Chenier is the son of the great King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, the first Creole musician to win a Grammy Award. On the road his father showed him how to front a world-class touring band – teaching C.J. how to run the family business and how to develop his lifelong passion for music into a career. When Clifton died in 1987, C.J. adopted the Red Hot Louisiana Band and recorded his debut album. C.J.’s 1995 appearances on the Jon Stewart Show and CNN brought his music to his widest audiences yet.
July 11 – The Revivalists/New Orleans Soul Rock
Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have rightfully earned their reputation as the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. The group’s blend of soulful, syncopated rock and earnest songwriting comes to life through a meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performance. The band incessantly tours on the national level, often times supporting giants like Rebirth Brass Band and Galactic. They have established themselves as an engaging festival act, gaining notoriety at the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival among others.
July 18 – Mountain Standard Time/Bluegrass
As a bluegrass band that's anything but traditional, Mountain Standard Time (MST) follows in the footsteps of such Colorado greats as The String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. While leading acoustically with guitar and mandolin, MST brands its own style, boasting a big, full-band sound with keyboards, electric bass, drums, and electronic effects. The members of MST hail from all over the country, yet their musical paths crossed in Nederland - a small, Colorado mountain town steeped in bluegrass music. Whether you chalk it up to fate or coincidence, music goers everywhere are coming together to enjoy the "bluegrass fusion" that these five friends and musicians have come to create.
July 25 – J. Boog/Jamaican Reggae
J. Boog is a man of many influences. The singer of Samoan descent was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, CA. Growing up in the rough streets of Compton, the strong sense of tradition and culture that J. Boog absorbed from his family was instrumental in his path to stay off the streets and begin a successful music career. Boog’s music is authentic Island music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time—truly a new and exciting combination.
August 1 – Tab Benoit/Cajun Blues
Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. A guitar player since his teenage years in Houma, LA, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar with high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. The gigs inspired Benoit to assemble his own band – a stripped down bass and drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early 90s and hasn’t stopped since.
August 8 – Nigel Hall/Soul Jazz Funk
Nigel Hall is an honest, humble guardian of soul music. When asked about himself, Nigel reflects, “I’m just someone who lives, eats, drinks music.” This ethic becomes clear when he takes the stage. A mainstay on the Portland, ME scene, he has recently toured with the funk powerhouse Lettuce. His energetic vocals add yet another layer of sonic depth and energy to the all-star cast.
August 15 – Robert Walters 20th Congress/Soul Jazz
Robert Walter is an accomplished keyboardist and composer, who playing piano, Hammond B3 and Fender Rhodes. While touring extensively in the US and Europe, he has worked as a leader and sideman with many of the giants of American jazz and funk music. In 1993, Walter helped form the Greyboy Allstars. Influenced by soul-jazz and funk records the band juxtaposed jazz improvisation and dance music. In the late 1990s, Robert started his own group, Robert Walters 20th Congress, to showcase his composing. The band became known for its live performances and toured throughout the 90s and 2000s. They reunited to tour together in 2012 and released a new album in 2013.
The Snowmass Summer of Free Music Series is produced by JAS. Other sponsors include Budweiser, The Timberline Condominiums, Deaf Camp Picnic (featuring Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Saturday, July 20), Jim Beam Brands, Pernod Ricard Wines, and Widmer Brothers Brewing. Media sponsors include The Aspen Times and the Snowmass Sun. For more information on all the great summer events in Snowmass, go to www.snowmasstourism.com or call 1-800-SNOWMASS (1-800-766-9627).
SNOWMASS TOURISM MEDIA CONTACT: Patsy Popejoy, Public Relations Manager, Snowmass Tourism at 970-922-2285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS MEDIA CONTACT: Andrea Beard, Marketing, PR & Sponsorship Director, Jazz Aspen Snowmass at 970-920-4996, extension 12 or email@example.com.