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JAS Labor Day Festival 2011

From Aspen Magazine 81611: The Aspen Dish

Aspen, Thurs. 1 September ‘11
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Get in the Groove

Jim Horowitz riffs on this weekend’s JAS Labor Day Festival

Our favorite summer festival, the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival, is back. We touched base with Jim Horowitz, JAS’s founder and CEO, for the scoop:

Q What is different about this year’s festival?
A The biggest difference is the addition of a substantial electronica aspect. We have added a third stage in the village exclusively for DJs and made Friday a little later to complement this shift in music. We are excited to have Girl Talk playing on Friday night.

Q How is the Labor Day Festival different to JAS’s other festivals?
A The music generally leans towards a younger audience versus last year and it’s more of a party atmosphere than a straight listening concert compared to the June concert.

Q You are known as one of Aspen’s foodies: what food will you be eating?
A There’s always a great range of food—Asian, Thai, ribs, lobster rolls. And watch out for Suzie Jimenez (the next food network chef), Hikory House barbecue, Ajax Tavern, and Ghandi’s Indian. I’ll be eating it all! There will also be gourmet cuisine by Syzygy in the Patron Tent. I usually put some weight on over the festival!

Q Where do you get inspiration for the lineup?
A This is the 21st year of JAS and the 16th year of this particular festival, so we have a running hit list of artists. For this festival, we looked to New Orleans, Coachella, and Lollapalooza for inspiration; and equally other venues are influenced by JAS.

Q What band are you looking forward to most?
A I can’t play favorites! But I do suspect that people will love Sunday’s 3 o’clock, Fitz & the Tantrums, an up-and-coming retro-soul band. They have a great buzz nationally and internationally.

Q Where will you be partying afterward?
A The Big Night on Saturday night, of course. It will be onsite with tasty bites, an open bar, and continuous dancing until midnight. Tickets are $99.

Q This is JAS’s last summer festival. How will you get your music fix this winter?
A The winter jazz concerts at the Nell. We are hoping to expand from three weekends to five or six.

Q What’s the one thing you would like people to know about this festival that they don’t?
A If they’ve gone to the festival but missed the 3 o’clock opener they have missed out. Some of the best performances often open the show.

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