Aspen Daily News
By Kristen Skirkanich/Aspen Daily News Writer
Due to the construction at the Snowmass Club Golf Course adjacent to the Snowmass rodeo grounds where the Janus Jazz Aspen-Snowmass concerts have always been held, the village’s marquee summer concerts will have a new, nearby home for one year.
A top coordinator for Janus Jazz Aspen-Snowmass confirmed Friday that the June and Labor Day festivals are expected to be moved to Two Creeks in Snowmass and to the base of Buttermilk Ski Area for next year’s events.
“Right now we’re working with (Aspen Skiing Co.) pursuing Two Creeks for June and Buttermilk for Labor Day,” said Joe Lang, the festival director. “We’ll be back at our home for 2003, but right now there’s not a chance we’ll be there next year.”
The four-day festivals routinely draw some of the music industry’s biggest names, including Ray Charles, Blues Traveler, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ziggy Marley, Chuck Berry, Maceo Parker, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, the Allman Brothers Band and Jimmy Cliff.
Jim France, president of the Snowmass Village Resort Association, said he isn’t concerned over the concerts’ relocation.
“It’s not like it’s in Cleveland. I don’t think it’s going to be a major challenge,” France said. “We’ll help in any way we can to get our customers over there, but since they don’t know exactly where it’s going to be, I can’t comment any further as of yet.”
France said he didn’t think switching locations for one year would have any negative financial repercussions.
“It’s just down the street. The town has always provided the service to get there and back. I assume that that will continue to happen,” he said.
Virginia Collom, event marketing coordinator for Buttermilk Mountain, would not confirm that the Labor Day music festival is in fact coming to the ski area.
“It’s an option that they’re considering, but it’s not something that can be confirmed,” she said.
The executive producer of Jazz Aspen, Jim Horowitz, said he would officially release the new locations of the two festivals in December.
“We pretty much know what’s going to happen in June,” he said. “We’re comfortable that we have workable solutions to both festivals. (The) June (concert) staying at Snowmass looks pretty certain. (For) the Labor Day (festival) there are more hurdles because it’s a bigger event.”
The Janus Jazz Aspen-Snowmass concerts have been held here since 1991, and were inspired by a similar musical festival in Marciac, France.