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7 Dates to Save on Your Summer 2017 Concert Calendar

Here's who's headlining the Belly Up Aspen, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and more.

By Andrew Travers May 24, 2017 Published in the Summer 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Jon Batiste first played Aspen two years ago and returns on June 23.

1. John Popper, June 22

Singer, harmonica master, and former Blues Traveler frontman John Popper is enlisting some local help for his free June 22 show on Fanny Hill that closes out the American Renewable Energy Day Summit. Popper will be backed up by Brothers Keeper, which includes Aspenites Michael Jude and John Michel.

2. Jon Batiste, June 23

Jon Batiste has been busy since he last played Aspen two years ago, just before he began his gig as the bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The 30-year-old pianist is now among the most recognizable jazz musicians in the world. He’ll play the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience June 23, sharing a bill with Michael McDonald in the Benedict Music Tent.

3. Bush, July 7

With the ’90s music revival in full swing, Bush is back and headlining Belly Up Aspen on July 7. Gavin Rossdale and the late grunge-era chart-toppers are touring in support of the new album, Black and White Rainbows, released in March—Bush’s third record since reuniting in 2010.

4. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, July 15

In the early days of the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, music greats—and Aspenites—like John Denver, Jimmy Buffett, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band got together to support it with an annual community picnic and concert. The Deaf Camp Benefit returned four years ago, and this summer—celebrating the camp’s 50th anniversary on July 15—brings Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, the legendary Starwood, and special guests to the Fanny Hill stage in Snowmass.

3. Spoon, August 8

Austin indie rock stalwarts Spoon have made one of the most talked-about albums of 2017—the hook-fueled Hot Thoughts, released in March—and are bringing their tour to Belly Up on August 8.

6. Jacob Collier, August 20

The 22-year-old, two-time Grammy winner Jacob Collier is growing into a one-man genre. With the help of audio and video loops, he plays piano, keyboards, drums, and bass while singing intricate multipart harmonies in live multimedia performances that have made him a YouTube sensation and must-see touring act. He makes his Aspen debut in two shows at the JAS Café at the Aspen Art Museum on August 20. Says Jazz Aspen founder and CEO Jim Horowitz, “The only musician I ever saw who could cover so much musical ground in terms of playing multiple instruments and singing is Stevie Wonder.”

7. Hall and Oates, September 1

Since moving to Woody Creek in 1991, John Oates has played just about every stage—big and small—in Aspen. Yet he’s never played a public concert here with longtime collaborator Daryl Hall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Hall and Oates will finally make its local debut this summer, opening the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience on September 1. (The festival bill also includes Lake Street Dive, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Keith Urban, the Revivalists, the Roots, and Maroon 5.)

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