Jazz Aspen Snowmass has just released their 26th Annual Labor Day Experience line-up, once again raising the bar with the level of talent the non-profit organization is bringing to the Roaring Fork Valley, including performances from 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder, American rockers The Killers, veteran pop-rockers Duran Duran, widely popular Train, electronic duo Thievery Corporation and pop artist Andy Grammer.
Many of these artists will be making exclusive summer Colorado appearances in what is one of the most diverse and electrifying line-ups in JAS’ history.
The Experience kicks-off on Friday, September 2nd with San Francisco roots/rock Grammy winning band Train closing. Led by vocalist Pat Monahan, Train is known for delivering memorable songs that capture the listener’s imagination like “Drops of Jupiter,” and “Hey, Soul Sister.” Opening on Friday will be American singer/songwriter Andy Grammer. Grammer’s hit single “Honey, I’m Good,” was certified triple-platinum in 2015, followed by the popular single “Good to be Alive (Hallelujah).”
On Saturday, September 3rd Las Vegas-based band The Killers will make their first ever JAS appearance. Formed in 2003 the band has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and received countless accolades for their artistic achievement, including multiple Grammy and American Music Award nominations. They’ve headlined nearly every major American music festival, including Coachella and Lollapalooza.
Thievery Corporation, the duo consisting of Eric Hilton and Rob Garza, will perform prior to The Killers at 5pm on Saturday. The two have spent nearly two decades creating boundary-warping, complexly crafted electronic music, partly inspired by bossa nova’s intricate rhythms and lush textures.
Closing the Labor Day Experience on Sunday, Sept. 4th, will be iconic American singer, songwriter, musician and producer, Stevie Wonder. Stevie is one of the most celebrated and prominent figures in popular music, who at the age of 13 was the youngest recording artist to have achieved a #1 single. To date he has amassed 49 Top Forty singles, 32 #1 singles and worldwide sales of over 100 million units. He has won 25 Grammy Awards, the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He is a rare member of that small, elite group of Artists whose appeal is so wide across genres and generations, that they are easily identified by just their first name.
“In JAS’ first 25 years we have been privileged to present many great Artists and a handful of truly iconic artists,” says Jim Horowitz, JAS Founder and President. “As we embark on our second 25 years, Stevie Wonder is, without question, the most important and iconic Artist to ever headline JAS.”
Pop music veterans Duran Duran will perform prior to Wonder on Sunday. Decades into their career, Duran Duran has proven to still be capable of springing surprises, blazing fresh trails and creating new music that is up there with the imperishable songs that first propelled them to fame, fortune and critical acclaim. In 2015 the band released their 14th album, Paper Gods starting the next chapter in their history. Over their 38 year history they have placed 21 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 70 million records.
The 3pm acts for both Saturday and Sunday will be announced at a later date.